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Preston City Council Report: MnDot rep offers advice


Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Craig Lenz from MnDot addressed the Preston City Council at their December 5 meeting emphasizing his desire to counsel citizens planning beautification projects for the ponds. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Lenz repeated numerous times his recommendation to pick an aerator that will best provide the desired aesthetic effect while still preserving the intended function of the ponds. He explained that their function is twofold, to control sediment and pollutants and to provide storm water retention. Pollutants attach themselves to the sediments and settle out.

Lenz insisted that MnDot was not opposed to the fountain. He did state his concerns that a too powerful aerator or pump or one that draws too deep in the pond could make it necessary for the city to clean out the accumulated sediment more often. He suggested that the Fountain Committee work with their supplier to get the most appropriate aerator. Lenz also requested that they work with experts at MnDot to protect the ponds. He stated that he has learned that too much aeration can cause over oxidation of the water. This would cause an undesirable effect of everything growing in the water.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that he was concerned about the process. Until the ponds are turned over to the city, which may take a long time, the city may be required to obtain a permit from the state to put either a fountain or a statue in either of the ponds. Hoffman noted that it took eleven months to get approval to place a historical marker in the right of way. Hoffman told Lenz that they hope to install the fountain around May of 2007. Lenz said that it shouldn't be a problem.

Council member Steve Knoepke said that the MPCA required the ponds to be built in order for the highway project to go ahead. Lenz agreed that the PCA doesn't have any rules against fountains in the ponds. He made clear that the PCA wouldn't want water drawn from the bottom of the pond. The committee is looking at a two horsepower aerator that will draw 30 inches down out of a 4 foot pond. The pond's depth would gradually decrease until removing the sediment and cleaning the pond becomes necessary. Lenz pleaded with the city council to let MnDot and their experts be of service to them. He said that both the council and MnDot could learn from the project.

Ron Hanson representing the Fountain Committee asked Lenz questions. Lenz suggested that the committee do it's homework on the fountain and .....
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County makes changes to pay plan

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The County Board of Commissioners decided to make changes in the employee pay plan for 2007 at their November 28 meeting. Robert Bjorklund of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting presented the results of his market study for Fillmore County t ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Winona company, PAFT, buys TRW building

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

Although PlastiComp had shown an early interest in purchasing the east TRW building, city administrator Windy Block informed the Rushford City Council at the regular November 27th council meeting PlastiComp had not been the successful bidder for the ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Snow - alleys and removal policies

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mark Brewster of Brewster's Red Hotel visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting November 20 to discuss the plowing of the alley accessing the hotel. Apparently one of his recent guests, a visitor from the Twin Cities and an employee of the Pioneer ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Impound fees established

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz explained the need for a vehicle impound fee for the city at the November 20 Preston City Council meeting. The city will have a reasonably secure impound lot to be located behind the city shop. Schultz asked the council to ..... 
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Grindeland calls for townships to classify roads correctly

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland expressed his dissatisfaction to the commissioners at their November 14 meeting about inappropriate classification by townships of township roads. Grindeland sent a letter to each of the township supervisors ..... 
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Planning Commission reviews ordinances

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On November 16 the Fillmore County Planning Commission met to review the county's Ag District ordinances and develop a plan to review and update the other county ordinances. Norman Craig, Zoning Administrator, reported that the current cou ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses utility rate increases

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council reviewed utility rate increases at their November 14 meeting. The city's utility committee recommended increasing the water, sewer and garbage fund to keep up with costs and debt. These increases will be around 8% for an ave ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Focus on CGMC Fall conference

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

City Administrator Windy Block and Mayor Les Ladewig enthusiastically reported on their recent experiences at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall conference during the regular Rushford City Council meeting November 13. Block shared the pri ..... 
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