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Mabel City Council approves proposals


Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on April 9, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present except for Kirsten Wyffels.

Shawn Welty and Mark Davy from Davy Engineering were present at the meeting to present the council with the bids for Proposals 1 and 2. Proposal 1 was for the Sewer and Water Rehabilitation and Spot Repairs project which Davy Engineering recommended awarding to Jech Excavating, Inc for their bid of $1,263,913.12 pending Rural Development concurrence. Proposal 2 was for the No-Dig Lining and Spot Repairs project which Davy Engineering recommended awarding to Visu-Sewer, Inc for their bid of $119,322.50 pending Rural Development concurrence. A motion passed to accept the recommendations.

Mark Davy informed the council that the City of Mabel is currently over budget for engineering costs due to having to re-bid projects four times. The engineering contract needs to be updated in order for the city to be reimbursed for the additional engineering costs by Rural Development.

The minutes from the March 12, 2014 meeting were reviewed and approved.

The monthly bills were reviewed and approved for payment.

Public Works Department Director Robert Miereau spoke with several of the homeowners on Cherrywood Drive. Due to the configuration of the street and the difficulty in obtaining easements, he recommended putting blacktop millings down on the road and culverts where necessary rather than putting in curbs and gutters. The homeowners he spoke with were amenable to the change in plans.

The Recreational Vehicle Ordinance was reviewed and updated prior to the meeting. A permit will now be required for recreational vehicles to be driven within city limits. A copy of the updated ordinance will be given out with all permit applications and will also be sent out with utility bills. A summary of the ordinance will be published in the Mabel News Record.

The city lot at 112 North Lyndale Street was appraised. The council agreed to sell the lot. Bids will be accepted until noon of May 14, and the bids will be opened at the beginning of the city council meeting that evening.

Several Mabel residents had requested that handicapped parking spots be made available by BBG’s restaurant. The council passed a motion to turn the first two parallel parking spots into handicapped parking.

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County to participate in National Take Back Initiative

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen provided details to the county board at their April 8 meeting about the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative for drug collection. Jensen explained that with participation in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) p ..... 
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Brian Malm of Bolton & Menk Engineering addresses Ostrander City Council

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Much like some of their neighboring towns, Ostrander is looking to update their water and sewer systems. On Monday, April 1, Brian Malm of Bolton & Menk Engineering Company addressed the council and presented them with two documents needed to move f ..... 
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Rushford Village takes detachment/annexation issue off the table

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Rushford Village residents of County Line Road and Laura Lane turned up in force again at the April 1 Village council meeting. Over just shy of two hours, a public hearing over a proposed 10-year pavement management plan encompassed topics including ..... 
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Preston annexes Gehling/Dairy & Farm property

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At a special meeting of the Preston City Council on March 31 a little over eight acres lying north and west of the intersection of Highways 16 and 52 was annexed into the Preston city limits. The annexation was recommended by the Planning and Zoning ..... 
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Peterson stands by detachment decision

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Continuing a discussion that has caused some uncomfortable discourse between the City of Peterson and the City of Rushford Village, Peterson has reaffirmed its January 15 decision to deny a detachment request from residents Alan Lipowitz and Jan Sma ..... 
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County looking into yellow ribbon designation

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s March 25 meeting Veterans Service Officer Jason Marquardt explained that he and Social Services Manager Neva Beier have discussed starting the process to be designated as a Yellow Ribbon County. There is a several month lon ..... 
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Zoning Commission recommends eliminating water bottling limits

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the March 20 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, a motion to strike item 2 of Section 735, the ordinance for Extraction of Water for Water Bottling Purposes, was approved. Item 2 limited the bottling of water to 2,500 gallons per day ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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