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Spring Valley proceeds with flood buyout


Thu, Jul 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council held a special meeting on Monday, June 30, 2008, to discuss issues regarding violations of the junk ordinance and buyout of flood plain property.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer told the council that the City has recently received funding for buyout of properties in the flood plain. One of those properties is the Baptist Church on Section just north of the former lumber yard. Zimmer said the price would be based on a per square foot formula with the rate at $1.02 a square foot.

Zimmer said she wanted guidance from the Council on proceeding before reaching agreement with Church officials. The Council appeared willing to proceed with a buyout of the property and then the conversation shifted to the new annexed area of the Kasten Farm on Tracy Road west.

The Council said the Church is looking for a place to rebuild and perhaps the City could help in the relocation process. The Council took action that would offer to the Church a lot of one acre or less at no cost in addition to other cost shifts with the assessments. Zimmer will be meeting with Church officials in the next few days and will brief them on the progress so far.

The property being annexed is approximately 149 acres and will consist of 1 or 2 lot homes and possibly 8 multifamily structures.

Latest Maneuvers on the

Junk Ordinance

It comes down to following the paperwork and the junk as Council members had five pieces of property that allegedly meet the criteria to be in violation of the City Junk Ordinance. Deputy Kevin Beck said that he has inspected the properties in the past and today and found that there is some, but very little progress being made on cleaning up these properties.

Chris Schmoll has erected a tent to screen his vehicles. The City had asked him to move it away from the street but Zimmer said; "we don't have an ordinance governing tents so maybe we'll have to pass one." The Council agreed that he is making progress.

Jeff Sween on Pleasant Avenue will be getting a letter from the City stating he has to clean up his property. Mike Shaw is in the process of getting his fence reduced in height. Lyle Grabau on Griswold and Center is the owner of a garage that the council thinks is a hazard.

Typically the Junk Ordinance process results in what appears to be a never ending circle of complaint, inspection from the city, a letter of violation notice by the city .....
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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 floodi ..... 
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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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