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Ostrander city council considers well repairs


Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government



A regular meeting of the Ostrander city council was held on November 18 at the Community Center. All council members were in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, the council approved the consent agenda, including agenda, prior minutes, treasurer report and payment of expenses. There were no sign-ups for the open forum.

Public Works director and fire chief Jimmie Dean updated the council on the pagers currently in use. He said they are a model that is no longer available, and many of the pagers are having speaker problems. A proposal to upgrade the pagers was approved. He said he’d checked into a pumper truck being sold by the city of Mazeppa, but it is in need of repairs, so wouldn’t be a good buy. He also said the city park was recently “trimmed up” and is looking nice.

Mr. Dean then discussed the city’s well, which has a new water meter which is more accurate than the old meter. It shows the well is running at a lower flow than expected. This means that the pump is losing pressure somewhere, and that’s a problem the city needs to look into fixing. He said, “If it’s bad casings, it could run into $100,000,” but he’s hopeful that the problem is not that serious. Council members discussed their options, and asked if the old well could be put back into use. Mr. Dean will check with the Department of Health to see if that is feasible.

Mr. Dean talked about a recent power outage on November 8, and said such outages cause many alarms within the city. He will contact Alliant Energy to see what can be done.

The council discussed necessary increases to the city’s base rates for water and sewer usage. It was noted that the current base rate of $1.50 per 1000 gallons is very low compared to other cities, and mayor Nesler stated, “The water side definitely needs to come up”. The council discussed raising the rate and favored doing a small, gradual increase. Mr. Dean said when he’s discussed this issue with residents, they are more understanding when they find out the impact to them would be an increase of only about $30 to $35 per month. A decision will be made later.

The council discussed moving the “Welcome to Ostrander” sign to Lund Park, and talked about putting it where the well pump now sits. The area would need to be reinforced, since people will undoubted climb on the structure. It was suggested to put up a plaque, and possibly a fl .....
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Harry Root takes the oath of office

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Newly elected Third District Commissioner Harry Root was sworn in by Judge Matt Opat at the board’s November 18 meeting. The board has operated with only four members since the retirement of Chuck Amunrud in May. After Root took the oath of o ..... 
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Preston adopts assessment roll for 2014 improvements

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The public hearing concerning assessments due to the Twenty-14 Street and Utility Improvements was held on November 17 during the Preston city council meeting. Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the 2014 improvements that involved a substantial por ..... 
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Wykoff council presented a change order for treatment center

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff city council stared off their November meeting with committee reports approving a purchase of an enclosed trailer for the fire department. Fire chief Wade Baker was not present but had passed the information on to mayor Comstock to relay ..... 
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Mabel city council discusses voter turnout, demolition project

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on November 12, 2014 at 7 pm. City council member Sue Amunrud was absent. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an update to the council. The demolition contractor is expected to come in the next week or two to t ..... 
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Fountain City Council has productive meeting

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain city council met on November 6, 2014 at the Fountain City Hall in Fountain, Minn. with all board members present. Also present was city clerk Ronda Flattum, Police Chief Tom Mosher, and local business owner, Elliott Riggott. Consent ..... 
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Rushford grants Highway 43 project time extension

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

As expected, the city has received and approved a request from McHugh Excavating for a time extension for the Highway 43 project. While McHugh will continue to do all work items, excepting a few items that had been planned for spring 2015, as long a ..... 
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Chatfield to look at options for aging swimming pool

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Chatfield’s city council approved an agreement with Burbach Aquatics, Inc. to have them evaluate the condition of the city’s swimming pool at their November 10 meeting. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. The city’s swimming pool is half a ce ..... 
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Antique & coffee shop to open in Spring Valley

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

A brief regular meeting of the Spring Valley city council was held on Monday, November 10. Members present included mayor Jim Sturzyk, Tony Archer, Bill Bires, city administrator Deb Zimmer, and Todd Jones. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and ca ..... 
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