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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 Street. The roof at the community center is complete, except for the gutters, and the new boiler for the building has been ordered.

Vickerman said the contractors were starting the blacktop for both Whittier and Maple on Tuesday. One layer of Whittier will be going on this fall, and another layer put on in the spring to allow things to settle.

Vickerman also checked about doing work on Zenith Street East, the section from one end of Maple Drive to the other. Vickerman received a second estimate that was a lot lower than the original, at $10,900. This price includes two-and-a-half inch blacktop instead of the original two-inch. She is planning on talking to Andy Bunge about the budget and see if it can be done this year. The council gave her permission to go ahead with the project if financially feasible.

There will be an assessment hearing on the Capital Projects on November 10 at 5:30 p.m. Property owners will be receiving a letter with the exact assessment costs for the projects, and they are free to come to the hearing with any questions or concerns.

Other Business

• The council approved a request to have cyclists from BAM (Bicycling Around Minnesota) stay overnight at the campground next August. Up to 200 people will be participating. There will be a $200 charge to the group to cover expenses.

• Tom Dybing spoke to the council about the Community Forum held two weeks ago in Lanesboro. Senator Sharon Ropes and Representative Ken Tschumper were at the forum, which Dybing said went very well. They discussed many things at the forum, including tax rates, ideas to support businesses, a camping/lodging tax and the proposed sales tax.

• Vickerman informed the council that there is no need to have a public hearing for the Junk Letters that were sent out, as long as she has been dealing with the people individually. Most of the problems have been taken care of, and the city is working to help a resident that needs it.

• The November 17 meeting was moved to November 11 in order to canvas the election results and to have the assessment hearing.

Preston to start flood buyout program

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their Monday, October 20 meeting, to begin the buyout of flood affected homes in South Preston along the Root River. City Administrator Joe Hoffman and councilman Robert Sauer recently ranked twelve proper ..... 
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Teske named Emergency Manager of the Year

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - Craig Strand, Regional Program Coordinator of Minnesota Homeland Security, and Brenda Wodele, Regional Representative of Minnesota Homeland Security and Wabasha Emergency Management Director, formally presented Fillmore County Emergency Ma ..... 
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Council rezones part of Rushford downtown

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - A zoning request approved by both the zoning appeals board and city council has paved the way for expanding the downtown business area for potential business growth around Rushford Foods.

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Planning board rejects Moulton zoning change

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - At their October meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a request from Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township to have his property re-zoned from agricultural to industrial. The matter will now b ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims budget

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed how to make cuts in their budget for next year at their Tuesday, October 14 meeting. The preliminary budget had an increase of $90,854. The council wanted to see increases limited to $40,000, which would also decre ..... 
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Wall Street comes to Main Street

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - "We've been kicked in the rear twice since we last met!" These were the words of Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates as he addressed the Spring Valley City Council at their October 13th meeting. The comments were made as Bubaney b ..... 
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Flood damage to dam being studied

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - An evaluation of the damage done to the dam in Lanesboro is being done by Bonestroo Engineering. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman told council members at their Monday, October 6 meeting that in order for the city to get assistance fro ..... 
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POET rain garden approved

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A letter from Richard Eichstadt, General Manager of POET Biorefining, requested that the city of Preston allow POET to plant a rain garden on city property at the council's October 8 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman didn't have an o ..... 
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