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Preston tennis court nears completion


Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Treasurer Chuck Aug of the Preston Area Community Foundation presented checks to the Preston City Council totaling over $70,000 at the city council's August 25 meeting be used for the city's tennis court project. He explained that $25,000 was an outright grant from the organization and $22,000 was from area donations which was then matched by the foundation.

Aug noted that donations were in amounts from $5 to $5,000. The $5,000 donors included POET, F & M Bank and the Joerg Law Office. He said that the foundation would match up to a total of $25,000 and appealed for more donations from the public that could be matched. The foundation has helped with other community projects including children playground equipment.

Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink, filling in for the absent Kurt Reicks, thanked the foundation, the volunteer effort and the tennis court committee members.

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo detailed payment requests for the tennis court construction which were approved. He added that Rochester Sand and Gravel had put an additional inch over the courts at their own expense to meet specifications. The fence contractor scuffed the bituminous while putting up the fence. The damage will be repaired while the final marking, nets and final surface work is completed. The fence contractor will be held responsible for any extra charges to correct the damage. Grabau expects the court to be ready for use by the end of the first week of September.

Flood Related Items

• Grabau explained that FEMA has agreed to pay for some restructuring of River Street from St. Paul Street to St. Anthony Street which sustained damage from June flooding. FEMA money available will be about $40,000. FEMA will not pay for curb and gutter or storm water work. The council approved a resolution directing Bonestroo to do a feasibility study.

• Smaller projects may also be funded by FEMA for repair which mostly would involve bull dozer work, riprap and seeding near the bike trail under the County 17 bridge and the County 12 East Bridge. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that FEMA would cover 90% of the cost. The council approved an authorization to obtain quotes for the work.

• Hoffman advised the council on a flood buy out request submitted by Hazel Riehl. Riehl has asked the city to make an offer on her home using FEMA's flood mitigation program. He explained that FEMA does buyouts along with the DNR which together have prog .....
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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the vario ..... 
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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois ..... 
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Lanesboro issues bonds for capital improvement projects

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has approved selling bonds to finance Capital Improvement Projects that will be done in the next year. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. explained how the bonds will be paid off, and how it will affect the city's tax ..... 
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Airport to get Fixed Base Operator building

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An amendment was approved to reflect a corrected design for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building for the Fillmore County Airport at the county board's August 12 meeting. The low quote from Northland Builders, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in th ..... 
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Developer plans motel for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Anyone with a minimum investment of $37,500 and the fortitude to take on huge debt can be a motel owner in Rushford, according to developer Tom Serie of F & L Management & Development.

As the developer, Serie does not wish to own ..... 
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Harmony flooding problem linked to faulty manholes

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Harmony resident Louise Sikkink was at the August 12, 2008, City Council meeting to hear about what has been done to fix problems with the sewer system on the north end of town. Sikkink and others had sewers back-up into their homes during ..... 
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Spring Valley approves new generator for utilities

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action Monday night, August 11, 2008 to help finance a new generator for Public Utilities. There were two resolutions passed that pave the way for financing one million dollars as half of the total cost. One resol ..... 
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Spring Valley sells lots at industrial park

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in special session on Friday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent negotiations the City has had with property owners at the Industrial Park.

Within the last week Larry Kappers ha ..... 
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