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County board debates snow removal policy


Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioners hashed over ways to improve snow and ice removal with Highway Engineer John Grindeland and Maintenance Superintendent David Nelson at the December 18 meeting. Complaints from the public about the recent ice and snow events have been heard both by commissioners and the highway department employees.

Grindeland and Tom Miles have sent out a list of questions to several regional counties about their policies, equipment, early morning starting times, salt and sand mixtures, shift schedules, and use of pre-wetting, anti-icing solutions. Only four counties have responded so far with a variety of policies. Nelson said that Fillmore County trucks start at 4:00 a.m. with a 10% salt and 90% sand mixture. He noted that salt is not very effective under 20 degrees. Grindeland added that only calcium chloride works well under 20 degrees.

Commissioner Randy Dahl asked about running "shoes" on the plows. Grindeland made it clear that most of the trucks don't use "shoes" and suggested that it was mostly ice that was left on the roads. He said that the county is going to have to start applying anti-icing solution and that the county doesn't have the equipment to do that. Grindeland said that hills and curves should be prewetted when there are weather forecasts for winter storms. He maintained that the solution will be effective for about six days or through two snow events if applied to a dry road. He warned that refreezing can be an issue.

Dahl asked what equipment the county needs. Nelson suggested that the next two trucks the county purchases should be equipped with underbodies. He expects that we will have more ice storms in the future and underbodies will work better clearing off ice. Grindeland said underbodies are effective on good pavement. Commissioner Duane Bakke stated that the drivers of the trucks should be asked to give their opinion on what is most effective. Nelson invited each of the commissioners to ride along when snow is being cleared from the road.

Hazard Mitigation Plan

Emergency/Veteran Affairs Director Deborah Teske said that she now has four proposals and one quote to work with the county to produce a plan. She stressed that the county only has one year from the date of the disaster, or with an extension a total of eighteen months, to apply for up to $10,000,000 from FEMA. In order to qualify the county has to have a Hazard Mitigation Plan approved. Teske added that the state expects the .....
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After tie vote, Mayor appoints new city council member

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Since the resignation of Mark McKay from the Harmony City Council at the November meeting, the city has been advertising for someone to finish out the last year of his term. Before the regular City Council meeting December 12, the council ..... 
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County board deals with zoning issues

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners approved the appointment of Cindy Blagsvedt to be County Assessor as of January 1 to serve out the term of retiring Robert Pickett. Blagsvedt is currently a property appraiser in the assessor's office. She has ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Library and city hall will move to new location

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford Public Library eventually moves to a new location, the city hall will move with it, the city council voted unanimously at the regular council meeting on December 10.

City Hall and the library are currently togeth ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Final levy certified

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley City Council concluded their business in about fifteen minutes at their December 10 meeting. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that $30,000 was cut from the preliminary levy approved in September making $876,170 the ..... 
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Preston goes with known quantity over local accounting firm

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members approved the hiring of Smith Schafer & Associates, Rochester, to prepare this year's audit at the December 4 council meeting. Lloyd Johnson, Spring Valley, whose firm has been preparing the city's audits for se ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at budget cuts for 2008

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Before the regular City Council meeting on December 3, residents of Lanesboro were invited to a Public Hearing to discuss the budget or levy items for 2008. There were no citizens at the meeting to ask any questions. City Administrator B ..... 
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Rushford council approves loans for six businesses

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - So far, distributing the state flood relief money to damaged Rushford businesses is proving to be as challenging as securing the funds in the first place.

At its regular meeting last Monday, November 26, the Rushford city council ..... 
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Spring Valley Council reviews 2008 levy

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, Nov. 26 and discussed the proposed 2008 budget and tax levy. City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the preliminary figures to council members and pointed out areas where the budget will ..... 
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