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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 district from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. At an earlier meeting residents above some of the downtown businesses appeared before the Council and requested that the ban be lifted so they can park on the street in front of their stores. Council members indicated that they had received calls from various businesses that wanted the ordinance to stand as it currently is. There were concerns that if parking is permitted at all times those vehicles would end up being parked in front of stores, thus limiting parking by customers. During the regular meeting that followed the public hearing, council members voted to leave the Parking Ordinance as it is.

Costs increase on Bond Sales

Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates appeared before the City Council and announced that the recent Bond Sale for City Projects was not as favorable as hoped. He said that there were only 3 bidders and that three months ago the interest was estimated to be 4%. During the sale that number jumped up to over 4.5% so that will mean the City will be paying an additional $5,000.00 per year in interest on a $1,385.000 Capital Improvement Project. The Council accepted the bid from Northland Securities as low bidder.

Flood Mitigation Efforts Continue

Another chapter is closed in the buy out program for Spring Valley's Flood Control Project. The sale of the property of Lucille Daggett for $86,062.05 was completed and the City will take possession on October 1st. This property has been affected over the years by flash floods that have led to the purchase of similar properties in the flood plain. Administrator Deb Zimmer also accounted that the Flood Mitigation Program will continue after she was able to secure an additional $727,200.00 to be used for mitigation efforts and plans.

Junk Ordinance Violations Get Personal Visit

The Junk Ordinance continues to be an item of discussion at the City Council meetings. Previously the members had relied on the information gathered by Kevin Beck of the Sheriff's Department. Apparently the sending of notices, reminders, etc. has proven ineffective so the City Council took to the road and personally inspected the junk issues. On June 30th, next Monday night there will be a special meeti .....
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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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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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