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Lanesboro residents raise concerns over street assessments


Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council adopted the resolution on assessments made for the Capital Improvement Projects. A final public hearing was held Monday evening, November 10 and the council spoke to a full house. Residents affected by both the Whittier Street and Maple Drive projects were there to ask questions and speak their concerns over the final costs.

Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby answered questions and explained the projects, as well as the assessment policy the city adopted earlier this year.

Dombrovski began by explaining that the projects are almost completely finished, and the last layer of asphalt will be put down in the spring. He added that the purpose of the public hearing was for the city council to consider any objections and to receive any written notifications of appeals to the assessment amount.

Before the hearing, the council received two written statements from residents. Robert and Marilyn Thompson and Harriet Dollar of Whittier Street object ed to the assessed amount and are planning on filing an appeal. By the end of the evening, the council had received a few more written statements.

Dombrovski summarized the final costs of the project, which came in higher than predicted at the preliminary hearing in the spring. The total cost of the Whittier Street project, which included storm sewer, curb and gutter, water main and street reconstruction, came to $524,343. The city covered 75 percent of the cost, and as per policy, 25 percent of the cost, or $131,085.25, was assessed to adjacent property owners. The amount came to about $61 a foot, which Dombrovski said is within the ballpark of what other cities in the area are paying for reconstruction.

The work done on Maple Drive, which was curb, gutter and pavement, was assessed at 100 percent cost to property owners because it was new construction. The total assessed cost of that project was $119,593.43. This amount came to $43.84 per foot.

Whittier Street

John Dollar asked about how the footage was figured out at his mother Harriet's home. He said she has the same footage as other people on the street but was charged more than anyone else. He added that she benefited very little from the project, only receiving new asphalt. She did not get any new sewer or water lines on her property.

"She is paying way too much for what she got," said Dollar.

Dombrovski explained that corner lots are assessed differently, with a 50 foo .....
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Citizens plead for plowed walking trails

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Kathy Jetson and Marcia Ptacek made clear their wish to have the city maintain part of the trail at Spring Creek Park during the winter to allow for walking at the Spring Valley City Council's November 10 meeting. Councilmen Jeff Veh ..... 
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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig ..... 
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

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Preston Council sets Assessment Hearing for 2008

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council breezed through a light agenda at their November 3 meeting. Robert Sauer was absent. A resolution setting the assessment hearing for Thursday November 20 was approved. The hearing will be combined with the regular second mon ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses winter trails

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

Mostly routine business was on the agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2008. There was discussion concerning the maintenance of the trails through the city during the winter. A resident had asked if the city could remove th ..... 
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Rushford City Council discusses hardware store

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

At its meeting on October 27, the Rushford City Council wasted little time in approving all variance requests by Rushford Hardware owners Greg and Kim Norstad to pave the way for them to build their new store directly south of Rushford Foods.

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Shoreland mapping project for SE Minnesota

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ross Hoffman, Cannon River Partnership, instructed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners on the details of the shoreland mapping project at their October 28 meeting. His job in part is to educate elected officials and the public and t ..... 
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Capital improvement projects going smoothly

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Capital Improvement projects in Lanesboro are moving along smoothly, according to City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. The new floors and heaters at the fire hall are completed, as well as the curb and gutter at Maple Drive and Whittier ..... 
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