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Wykoff approves change order for waste treatment center


Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

Wykoff city council held a special meeting on November 18 to speak with a representative from the engineering company hired to complete the new waste water treatment center. At their previous regular council meeting, a change order had been submitted by WHKS representative, Steve Bushman, in the amount of $34,019.28. The council had then questioned a piece of equipment that was viable to the project but had been left off the initial bid.

Kevin Graves, the manager of the project representing WHKS, was on hand to explain the changes needed. Graves explained the order included three monetary changes as well as a time extension. Since Rural Development had not yet okayed the time extension, the focus of the discussion was on the items needed for completion. Two of the items were quantity changes, including the base bid for rock excavation at the new site. The initial estimate was just that, an estimate, and Graves explained it had been relayed to the city several times that number would have to be adjusted as the project proceeded.

A major item, an ultra-sonic transducer, had simply been overlooked by WHKS. Grave took responsibility for this oversight siting it as a miscommunication. He further explained that it had not been in the initial bid process; therefore, there could be no repercussions to the city by other contractors who had bid on the same specs.

A motion was made by councilwoman Larson to approve the monetary portion of the change ordered, it was seconded by councilman Jacobson and carried unanimously.

Attorney Tom Manion was present; as the meeting came to a close, Manion requested mayor Comstock end the special public meeting for a closed meeting to discuss ‘threatened litigation’. Mayor Comstock addressed the public at that time and asked everyone to leave so the council could resume a closed meeting.

GasBuddy update

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

December 1, 2014- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 2.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.66/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national a ..... 
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Preston approves 2015 budget revisions

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented information on the 2015 budget and levy to the public at the December 2 council meeting, allowing for a public comment period as required by state law. One resident attended, but didn’t comment during the ..... 
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County Truth and Taxation hearing

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Tuesday evening, December 2, county coordinator Bobbie Vickerman reviewed the highpoints of 2014 and goals for 2015. The purpose of this public hearing is to review county activities and associated expenditures and revenues that contribute to its bu ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

• Monday, December 8, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. • Monday, December 8, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, December 8, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, December 8, Wykoff City C ..... 
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Rushford Village hires Public Works supervisor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, December 2 council meeting was notably missing mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Todd Baker, who has been absent the last four meetings. Mayor pro-tem Dennis Overland led the brisk 35-minute meeting. Following a round of personal int ..... 
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Fountain Fire Department Sets Up Ice Rink

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Members of the Fountain Fire Department set up the ice rink at the park in Fountain on the evening of Monday, November 17, 2014. Wayne Thomas is seen spraying a fire hose on the rink to prepare the first layer of ice. The rink will be available to ..... 
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Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present. The most in-d ..... 
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Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present. The most in-d ..... 
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