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Spring Valley City Council hears request over abandoned property


Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Paul Mittelstadt is not happy. Mittelstadt lives at 303 Huron Avenue in Spring Valley and is concerned with what is happening at an abandoned house at 301 Huron. According to Mittelstadt, the property has sat there for over 30 years attracting rodents and other unpleasant critters. No one repairs the house and it just grows worse and worse as each day passing.

He has requested the help of the city council but so far, “according to him” nothing has gotten done to clean up the property and he wants to know why.

Mittelstadt and his wife appeared at the council meeting on Monday night and voiced his concerns again and wants some action. He says that he has tried many outlets and will continue the fight.

In other action at the meeting, the Audit for the city was reviewed by Tom Wente of Smith Schafer Associates, LTD. In a rather lengthy report Wente summarized that the General Fund unassigned fund balance equals 94 percent of annual general fund and that Capital improvement fund balance stands at one million dollars. This will be available for future capital needs including main street improvements and industrial park expansion. LGA (Local Government Aid) provided $797,702 while property taxes provided $918,611 in 2013 revenues. According to Wente all debt services funds are being adequately funded and all outstanding bonds are being paid on a timely basis. Finally, Revenues in the city’s five Utilities are generally keeping pace with rising operating expenses, servicing all debt requirements and developing needed reserves for future capital projects although the Water Fund has exhausted its cash reserves.

A few weeks ago Waste Management was called to task when the council said that there were many citizens complaining about how their garbage was handled. According to the complaint at the time was that Waste Management wasn’t returning calls and appeared to be taking the city for granted. According to Zimmer she made attempts to contact the company seeking a way to deal with the complaints. Zimmer said that those calls went unanswered. At Monday night’s meeting of the council, a representative of Waste Management told the Council that he was not taking the City for granted and that many of the complaints were centered around bad weather and the inability of reaching all the homes.

After the Waste Management presentation Mayor Struzyk said that he has received many calls saying, .....
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Chatfield EDA and City Council hold joint meeting

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

In order to establish tax increment financing district (TIF) No. 2-5 the two bodies met together at the city council’s March 24 meeting. A public hearing was held on the modification of the municipal development district No. 2. No. 2-5 notes the ..... 
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State Representative Greg Davids will seek re-election

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) has officially announced that he once will once again seek re-election this fall to the Minnesota House of Representatives. “It is such an honor to serve the residents of Fillmore ..... 
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Rushford Village looks to projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a surprisingly short meeting, March 18, the Rushford Village Council covered details of sizeable amount of projects slated for the 2014 summer season with Public Works Director Bob Thieret. Citing nearly 50 items on the list, the number of workab ..... 
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Canton forgives over-run charges

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

A resolution to forgive water/sewer over-run charges was approved at the March 11 meeting of the Canton City Council. There will be no charge for water/sewer over-run for the months of January, February and March due to extreme cold weather. Town ..... 
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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8. If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of th ..... 
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Harmony dealing with freezing pipes

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on March 11, Kyle Morem, Jamie Breezer, and Bill Hanlon approached the council about getting credit for running water to prevent pipes from freezing. The long stretch of below-zero temperatures has wreaked havo ..... 
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Whalan City Council learns of fire department cost studies

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the February meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department, financial issues were raised that will require more research and discussion, according to the report shared at the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, March 10. A task force is no ..... 
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CUP for apartments in Chatfield general commercial district issued

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s March 10 meeting an application submitted by property owners Geoff and Monica Griffin to construct four apartments in their building located at 15 Third Street SE was approved. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. ..... 
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