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Burr Oak extension resolved


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council, on December 21, held a closed meeting lasting about three quarters of an hour to discuss litigation resulting from the contract made with Winona Mechanical for the Burr Oak Extension. Following the closed meeting, the council unanimously passed a resolution detailing reasons for and the settlement agreement. Councilor Josh Thompson and Mayor Les Knutson were absent.

History

The ill-fated contract was awarded to Winona Mechanical on March 23 by a unanimous vote with construction expected to start in May. The contract was for the amount of $730,233.73. At the time not all the necessary easements had been secured.

The city was under pressure to go forward with the project before the middle of April to preserve funding from Olmsted County, which was expected to pay for about two-thirds of the cost.

A resolution to acquire the easements was unanimously approved on May 11. City Attorney Fred Suhler sent a letter with a formal offer to Isabelle French on July 24, with no response.

Councilors discussed the possible exercising of eminent domain at their August 10 meeting. A resolution to go forward with eminent domain to acquire the needed property was defeated with a vote of two in favor and three against.

At that time, Suhler warned the councilors of the financial risk the city faced for not going through with the performance of the contract with Winona Mechanical. With the defeat of the eminent domain resolution, Suhler was then directed to draft a letter to Winona Mechanical stating the city would not be honoring the contract.

Mediation

Winona Mechanical made a claim against the city for $198,405.65 for "expenses sustained on the project prior to contract termination." Considerable time passed while the city was working to obtain sufficient right-of-way for the extension of Burr Oak. Winona Mechanical claimed the delay to cancel after awarding the contract caused a hole in the company's construction schedule.

Mediation meetings between the city and the company resulted in a settlement agreement. The city agrees to pay "$97,000 in cash plus the return of original performance bond certificates." Winona Mechanical will release its claim against the city and the dispute will be completely resolved.

Predicted cost of levee system improvements $1.1 million

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a final report at the Monday, December 14th, meeting the Rushford City Council was presented with a detailed list of procedures, and a corresponding price tag, for addressing levee system recertification. The predicted cost in making the levee co ..... 
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Spring Valley budget approved

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

There were no members of the public present as the Spring Valley City Council went about their business on Monday night. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Struzyk at 6:01 p.m. The odd time of 6:01 as compared to starting the meeting at the us ..... 
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Wykoff discusses delinquent utility bills

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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Chatfield freezes employee pay for 2010

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council approved the maintenance of pay for all city employees at 2009 levels for 2010 at their December 14 meeting. A resolution freezing wages was adopted effective January, 2010. Mayor Les Knutson was absent due to his recent i ..... 
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Pilot Mound Township meeting draws a crowd

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Following the detailed events of the November 9 Pilot Mound Township meeting that was covered in the November 23 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the next monthly meeting was sure to draw a crowd from Pilot Mound residents concerned with the con ..... 
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Lanesboro school board approves levy certification budget

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board approved the agenda as p ..... 
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Hearing set for Preston 2010 street improvements

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau, Bonestroo, presented the engineering firm's feasibility report for the proposed 2010 street improvements at the Preston City Council's December 8 meeting. The council unanimously accepted the report and set a public hearing for January ..... 
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Harmony approves 2.6-percent increase

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
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A Truth and Taxation Public Hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting that was held on December 8. Nobody from the public came to voice any concerns or questions about the budget or the tax levy.

The council approved t ..... 
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