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Preston 2015 sidewalk improvements


Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, discussed proposed sidewalk replacements at the July 20 council meeting. Councilman Robert Maust was absent at the 8 a.m. meeting.

Bakken recommended replacing the sidewalk on the south side of Vesterheim Apartments along Kansas St. Pedestrian ramps are in the plans to be added on both sides of Chatfield St. This section of sidewalk is used as the school emergency exit route to Christ Lutheran Church.

The addition of the pedestrian ramps will allow all students and staff to use the shortest emergency exit route. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $7,215. The city’s portion will be $5,152.50. Assessments will include $250 to the school and $1,812.50 to Vesterheim Apartments for a total of $2,062.50. The city’s portion includes the cost of the pedestrian ramps and necessary curb replacements associated with the ramps; these costs are not assessed to property owners.

Bakken said the project is slightly over budget for 2015 sidewalk replacements, which is $5,000. The improvement project was approved. City administrator Joe Hoffman noted that Bakken does an annual assessment of city sidewalks, a policy that was adopted by the council several years ago. The city makes the improvements it can with the funds available.

Other business in brief

Hoffman reported that the city’s group health insurance is purchased through Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC). This group health fund is a collaboration of several cities, counties, and school districts. Preston has received a claims margin refund in the amount of $11,723 because the number of claims in 2014 were significantly below expectations. Preston employees are on a Blue Cross plan which bills the service coop.

Hoffman said this is great news, as it follows a healthy year for Preston employees. He presented several options for the disbursement of these funds. The check is made out to the city and could all go into the General Fund or 15% could be divided among the city’s 14 employees. Hoffman asked for a few weeks to allow department heads to weigh in on how best to use the money.

Councilman David Collett suggested it be put toward next year’s insurance premium. Hoffman said another option could be ‘seed’ money for health care savings accounts to help with deductibles. The issue was tabled.

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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage ..... 
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Government this week - 7.27.15

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 27, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 27, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 27, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, July 28, Fillmore County Commi ..... 
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Spring Valley junk hearing held

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Spring Valley city council met in regular session on July 13. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Prior to the regular meeting, the council held a public hearing for Junk Ordinance Vi ..... 
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Lively Wykoff council meeting held

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

A regular meeting of the Wykoff City Council was held on July 13, with all members present. The council approved the agenda (with one addition regarding vent hood prices), and approved prior meeting minutes (with one clarification regarding “coun ..... 
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Harmony council approves plans for wastewater plant project

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met on July 14, 2015 at 7 pm. Council member Debbie Swenson was acting mayor in Mayor Steve Donney’s absence. The Harmony Fire Department requested permission to hire Dustin Hanson to replace the firefighter who recen ..... 
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Street repairs in Canton

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Plans were made for street repairs at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on July 8. Jon Nordsving, city maintenance employee, had gotten a quote for repairing many of the streets in Canton. The estimate was $26,500 for about 60% of ..... 
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Chatfield to hire Superintendent of City Services

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

After Tony Lammers announced his intention to retire, a hiring process started in late April. Councilors at their July 13 meeting voted unanimously to offer the Superintendent of City Services position to Brian Burkholder. Burkholder has been employ ..... 
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Government this week - 7.20.15

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 20, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, July 20, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 20, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. • Monday ..... 
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