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MnDot's District Six feeling neglected


Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Around fifty area citizens attended a meeting in Chatfield on August 21 to listen to a presentation by MnDot planners and to make comments or ask questions. Chris Moates, MnDot Planning Director, detailed a prepared presentation for area state roads including US 52 from Fountain north to the I-90 intersection and MN 30 and MN 74.

Carol Huntington made it clear from the onset as to the frustration of area users of US 52 as to its poor surface condition, pot holes, narrowness, and unsafe accesses. She asked what maintenance was to be done. Moates suggested that the patching was it. Huntington retorted, "How did you get here, did you fly in?" She summed up the beliefs of the crowd that the road is totally unacceptable now.

Moates explained that there are no major improvements in the long range plan and that the patch work is all the district can afford at this time. The section from Fountain to Chatfield is scheduled to be resurfaced with an overlay of bituminous in 2009 and the section from Chatfield to I-90 is scheduled for the same in 2011. He said that 75% of the district's budget is being used for preservation only. He defended MnDot in say that they are doing the best they can with the money they have to improve the system. Moates admitted that the pavements are crumbling and said that this district is in the worse condition of the eight districts in the state. He added, "We are way behind the curve and trying to catch up."

Al Spalla suggested that MnDot plans and surveys and does nothing. This section of US 52 has had plans drawn up for reconstruction almost twenty years ago. Moates said that things change and new designs are made, requiring new plans. Spalla, who lives on "Nelson Hill" probably the most dangerous part of the highway, warned that one day a bus load of kids could get killed on the access in or out of Jasmine Drive which is on a blind downhill curve.

Art Friedrich of Marion complained about the difficulties residents have gaining access to the highway in the Marion area. He asked that the speed limit be lowered through Marion as it is in Fountain.

What is to be done?

Another man called the highway "inadequate and dangerous" and asked what can we do to step up the process to replace it and what does the public have to do to demand better service from the government. Moates suggested that more money is needed for transportation and that people need to contact their local representatives. He .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council discusses capital improvement plans

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council met in a joint meeting with the Public Utilities committee last week, Aug. 23, to discuss budget issues and capital improvement plans for the near future. Gerry Evenson and Dennis Schuck from Public Utilities we ..... 
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Planning Commission approves controversial hog facility in Carimona

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - For several years, Dave Mensink and Ann O'Connor have worked together side by side as Carimona Township Supervisors. On Thursday night, however, they were on opposite sides of a debate on whether Mensink's application for a Conditional Use ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council monitors junk on property

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - A couple of items on the agenda of the Spring Valley City Council meeting held Aug. 13, consumed time and had to be dealt with.

Several weeks ago the Council announced that an inspection of junk on homeowners property would ..... 
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Rushford purchases 23.5 acres for $699,000

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Optimistic about the future of Rushford, the city council purchased 23.5 acres of land currently zoned industrial from Wallace Himlie at the August 13 council meeting. Recognizing the land as one of the few remaining undeveloped "chunks" ..... 
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Harmony looks into well problems

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The City of Harmony has been dealing with some well problems lately, according to city employee Chris Johnson. Johnson brought City Council members up to date at the council meeting last Tuesday evening.

The well near the water to ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Consultant to work on emergency plan

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board, in a drawn out meeting mostly dedicated to pruning preliminary budgets, approved the hiring of a consultant to help complete an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) at their August 14 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran S ..... 
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Fillmore County goes forward on County Based Purchasing

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Charity Floan, StedFast Health Plan, addressed the county board at their Tuesday, August 7 meeting, to better inform them about County Based Purchasing (CBP) and the potential obligations of the county. Olmsted County pursued the developme ..... 
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Preston considers State Building Code

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members had an opportunity to learn more about the advantages or disadvantages of adopting the State Building Code at their August 6 meeting. Jay Kruger of Construction Management Services of Rochester briefed the coun ..... 
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