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Harmony Administrator updates council on flood matters


Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The day of the Harmony City Council meeting on June 24, City Administrator Jerome Illg met with Senator Sharon Ropes to talk about water damage in the community due to recent flooding. They toured some of the homes that have had damage due to flooding.

"It doesn't appear that there's going to be any FEMA assistance for residential damage," said Illg. He tried to express to Senator Ropes that although there are problems with the wastewater treatment plant and other places in town, the far bigger problem is with the homes in the community, and they need to find some way to help those people out. Illg said it's up to the governor to hold a special session, and then it's up to the legislature.

"It doesn't look promising," said Illg.

Flyers have been put up around town alerting everyone who was affected by the flooding to fill out a survey regarding the damage. Illg stated that this is very important, as the more need the city has and the more information gathered, the more likely that Harmony can get some assistance.

Water Tower

Residents in Harmony may have noticed that their water pressure has decreased considerably in the last week, as cleaning and painting are being done to the water tower. Illg explained that the water tower has been completely drained, and there are pumps on either side of town running to discharge the excess pressure. City employee Terry Bestor said that Maguire Iron, Inc. is planning on having the tower filled again by the fourth of July.

Illg also explained that there were a few additional things that needed to be done to the tower that they were not expecting, all of which total around $15,000. According to Illg, some of these items could not be detected until the water tower was completely drained, which is why they were not known before now. One of those items was a crossover cleanout pipe that was filled with sediment. Also, the lettering that will spell out Harmony will be larger than the existing lettering, so Harmony will only be written twice, in diagonal letters, when completed.

Other business

• The council approved an EDA (Economic Development Authority) Revolving Loan for a local business that wants to expand by purchasing a building downtown. The revolving loan is for the down payment of the building, and is for $11,000. Illg explained that the interest rate is 4 percent for seven years, and it is interest free for the first year.

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Spring Valley keeps Parking Ordinance

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held a Public Hearing at their June 23rd meeting on Monday and encouraged people to come forward that had concerns about the current Parking Ordinance. That ordinance restricts parking on Broadway in the business distr ..... 
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Rushford flood loans reach $17 million

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was a big moment, but definitely understated.

At the previous Rushford city council meeting, the business loan spreadsheet of projected flood recovery loans said that the fund was one half million dollars "in the hole."

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Legislators meet with County Board

Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper and Senator Sharon Ropes discussed state legislative accomplishments and disappointments with the county board at their June 24 meeting. Tschumper maintained that with the Transportation Bill passed in February ..... 
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Preston street construction to begin in August

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Michael Lynch of Bonestroo and Associates reported on the project plans and specifications for the 2008 street improvements at a public hearing held during the June 16 Preston City Council meeting. The three proposed projects include Indus ..... 
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Lanesboro begins clean-up

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

Like many communities in Fillmore County, Lanesboro was affected by the recent heavy rains. Water in the park forced the city to hold Art in the Park elsewhere on June 15, and there were people who had flooding in their basements. At their regular m ..... 
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Rushford flood loan requests exceed funds

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

There's not enough money left in the flood recovery bucket to meet all outstanding requests; that was what the Rushford city council learned at its June 9 regular meeting.

The news came after Mayor Ladewig acknowledged the city's concern and ..... 
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Harmony Council deals with flooding problems

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

Recent storms in the area and water problems throughout the town made for a lot of discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting on June 10. City employee Chris Johnson explained what happened with the excess water flowing through the wastewater tr ..... 
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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long ..... 
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