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Preston City Council Report: Preston street improvement bids under estimate


Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates announced to the June 4 Preston City Council meeting that there were four bids for the 2007 Street Improvement Project and that the low bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel was 11% under the estimate and $175,000 under the estimate in the feasibility report. The bid was accepted by council members as recommended by Palen. Mayor Kurt Reicks and Jon Haugan were absent.

The project includes work on the Corn Cob Acres area, Valley Street area, and Center Street area. The Main Street portion of the project was bid as an alternate project in case the bids were high. The low bid for the first three areas was $552,490.35 and the Main Street portion was $94,689.75 totaling $647,180.10. The lower than expected bid will allow the whole project to go ahead as planned. Palen suggested that project bids came in lower because of work slow downs caused by the cooling of the new housing market.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the bid was about $170,000 under the estimate used for bonding.

Public Hearing

Bill Cox, Public Works, described the city's policy for improving sidewalks. Sidewalks are inspected with heaved, cracked, or deteriorated sidewalks being recommended for replacement.

Several residents owning property with sidewalks recommended for replacement in 2007 were present to get an estimate of the amount they would be expected to pay. Sheila Marzolf explained that they can pay in twelve monthly installments in the first year without interest or with their property taxes over several years with interest.

Mark Vander Plas offered to do the work for his own sidewalk if the city would supply the concrete. Hoffman stated that citizens may replace their own sidewalks if they it do to city specifications. However, in the past when the homeowner has done the work, the city has not shared in the cost.

Cox stated that the city has budgeted $5,000 for its share of the sidewalk replacements. The quotes so far were higher than expected. He said that he would like to get another quote. He related that costs may be more than what has been budgeted by the city and that it may be necessary to prioritize to stay within the budget.

Cox asked that the council postpone making a decision until the meeting on the eighteenth.

Tennis Courts

Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink suggested that the city is close to working out an agreement with the Fillmore Central School Distr .....
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council hears overview of 2006 audit and budget

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

"Overall the City did a very good job of watching the budget".

These were the words of the City's auditor, Lloyd Johnson who appeared before the Council Tuesday night, May 29. He gave the members an overview of the audit and the budget for ..... 
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Rushford City Council reacts to Tri-City meeting

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council spent a good share of its meeting May 29 discussing the recent Tri-City meeting and, more specifically, the police protection for Rushford Village. After affirming the council consensus that more meetings between ..... 
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Preston considers adopting State Building Code

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council discussed the pros and cons of adopting the State Building Code at their May 21 meeting. Planning and Zoning has recommended the adoption of the code. The code would regulate the building of homes including decks, ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Seeking to resolve differences

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

Disagreement was the common thread at the May 21 Lanesboro City Council meeting as the council moved from one issue to another. First the council held a hearing on Mark Brewster's request to rezone his property at 300 Elmwood Street East from R-2 (m ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Board approves agreement to study water quality

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the May 22 Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation reviewed a work plan from SE MN Water Resource Center, Winona State University, to study which management practices are most effective for improving wa ..... 
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Frustration with Hwy 52 construction plans aired

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

CHATFIELD - Representatives of county and city government in Fillmore County gathered May 15 at the Thurber Building in Chatfield to discuss the deteriorating condition of State Highway 52 from Fountain north to I-90.

Ron Ziegler, acting as ..... 
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Spring Valley sewer project moves ahead

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley's 2007 Stormwater and Sanitary Sewer Project moved another step forward at the Council meeting Monday night, May 14. The Council passed a resolution to sell General Obligation Utility Revenue Bonds in the amount of $930 ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Business subsidy agreement approved

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

Quietly, calmly, the business subsidy agreement between RiverBend Electronics and the city of Rushford was approved at the regular Rushford City Council meeting May 14, making RiverBend officially eligible for JOBZ benefits. After a public hearing w ..... 
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