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Preston City Council Report: Weather affects street work


Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The soggy weather conditions that are plaguing the area have continued to delay the 2007 street improvements. Preston City Council members approved a measure extending the contract for an open ended completion date at their October 16 meeting. Having already extended the date once before, the city's engineer, Joe Palen of Bonestroo, suggested in a letter to allow the contractor, Rochester Sand and Gravel, to "complete the project in a timely manner as the weather and site conditions permit."

Palen said that the contractor is doing everything reasonable and within their control to complete the work. Council member Jon Haugan noted that the crews have been working longer hours when the weather is favorable.

Audit Proposals

Lloyd Johnson, CPA, of Spring Valley, has audited the city of Preston for several years. He recently sold his business to Smith/Schafer and Associates, of Rochester, which has been in business since 1971. Johnson explained that a lot of standards have been added for government audits making it more difficult for a small firm. Johnson has been auditing nine cities. Johnson recommended hiring Smith/Schafer which proposed completing the audit for $9,945.

Pam Ristau, CPA, proposed doing the work for $8,690. She agreed that more standards and documentation are required now. Ristau said that while Johnson is phasing out of governmentals, she is trying to refocus on them.

The council had received three proposals. City Administrator Joe Hoffman along with council member Heath Mensink will review references on the above two proposals. The third proposal was for about twice as many dollars and was eliminated for that reason.

Improvements for

Industrial Drive

Joe Hoffman stated that POET Biorefining has requested that 330 feet of Industrial Drive be black topped to control dust. He said that this has been ranked as a low priority for improvement by the city. Hoffman made clear that the city is not in a position to pay for 100% of such an improvement.

James Simonson suggested that POET Biorefining would be willing to pay the bill now if the city would reimburse the coop in a couple of years. Mensink said that, as long as the city's assessment policy for street improvements was followed, he doesn't see a problem with the improvement. He added that it could be a worth it for the city to have the dust control and to eliminate the need for grading maintenance.

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Flood issues preoccupy Rushford and city council

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The brittle rubble of a flood-wrecked Rushford home swings through midair in the steel maw of a powerful machine then drops into a Red Box container at the curb sending a wind-pushed plume of blue dust across the street into windowless ho ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council approves contract with Waste Management

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, October 8 and gave final approval to the contract with Waste Management. Waste Management had included an extra day of service for an event and fuel adjustment cost to the document at ..... 
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Harmony Council selects contractor for Community Center project

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Harmony City Council made a decision on who would be doing the construction work at the community center this fall at their October 9 meeting. They received a total of six bids, and Mayor David Kingsley stated he was happy with them. ..... 
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County approves tax abatements for flood damage properties

Fri, Oct 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Assessor Robert Pickett presented the board with a very long list of properties in Fillmore County that should qualify for a tax abatement for the second half of 2007 at their October 9 meeting. These properties will have to have at least ..... 
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Preston proceeds with eminent domain for trail

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members unanimously approved a resolution at their October 2 meeting appointing Preston Attorney David Joerg as special counsel to use eminent domain proceedings to acquire two holdout properties for the Preston-Forest ..... 
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EDA proposal tweaked for DEED acceptance

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - "As to the question, 'is the business community satisfied with this (proposal)?', I think I can answer that-No!" said Rushford mayor Les Ladewig in the special meeting of the city council last Tuesday, Oct. 2.

Ladewig continued, " ..... 
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County Board approves application procedure for demolition and debris removal

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

Fillmore County flood victims that need to have their condemned primary residence demolished and removed can apply for grant money from the state. The board approved the application form and criteria and the process at their October 2 meeting.
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Public hearing to vacate Southern Hills easement set

Fri, Oct 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Developer Gary Grebin came before the Lanesboro City Council at their Monday, October 1, meeting to discuss the possibility of re-platting Lots 9 and 10 of the Southern Hills development, on the backside of Maple Drive. The matter was re ..... 
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