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Spring Valley Council considers Industrial Park expansion


Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government



A regular meeting of the Spring Valley City Council was held on March 9. Members in attendance were Mayor Jim Struzyk, Jeff Vehrenkamp, Bill Bires, Tony Archer, and Administrator Deb Zimmer. The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, approval of prior meeting minutes, and approval of preliminary accounts payable for March. No visitors had signed up to speak to the council.

The council talked about the planned expansion of Industrial Park, and the cost projections. Zimmer explained that the cost projections are about $300,000 to $500,000 higher than original estimates, and she said, “We do not have enough money set aside.” She also explained that the project is not a “low bid project”, but rather an interview process with qualified bidders. Zimmer explained that the city is currently funded at approximately 110%, which is actually higher than recommended, so she suggested the council could agree to “spend down” roughly $300,000 from the General Fund to cover the higher cost. She said this would leave the city at about 90% funded, which she said is in her “comfort zone”. She also said if the project does not go forward at this time, “Then you take a roll of the dice” (regarding cost) and it’s likely the cost would be higher if left until next year. The council voted to move forward with interviews on the project.

The council also discussed Ordinance 4.01 (Building Code Adoption). Mayor Struzyk said the council had discussed this once before, and the council voted to repeal the ordinance. The council voted to approve a raffle permit for the SV Area Sportsmen’s Club, and approved two resolutions. The first, Resolution 2015-14 (Resolution Supporting Dedicated State Funding for City Streets) states that because Minnesota cities with populations under 5,000 are ineligible for dedicated Highway User Tax Distribution funding, these cities are being asked to support an omnibus transportation funding bill that provides additional dedicated state funding for city streets.

The second, Resolution 2015-15 (Resolution in Support of Legislation Establishing an Early Voting Process), states that early voting would allow the voter to place a voted ballot directly into the ballot tabulator, which would help decrease errors. A process will still be in place for absentee voting by mail.

Item 10 on the agenda was consideration of the city making a $5000 donation to the “Jour .....
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Chatfield adopts 2015 Comprehensive Plan

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

A 2015 update of the Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2008 was approved at the city council’s March 9 meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. The work to update the plan started in January of 2014. The Chatfield Economic Development Authority ..... 
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Community garden coming to Harmony

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

Becky Hoff and Aaron Bishop gave the Harmony City Council an update on the community garden project being planned by the public library. The garden will be located behind the community center. Hoff said she will be asking for formal permission to st ..... 
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Preston Foods loading dock

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

In a relatively brief meeting of the Preston City Council on March 2, a variance request from Brad Hoiness on behalf of Rush Properties was granted to build a loading dock back of the Preston Foods grocery store. Planning and Zoning at a Februar ..... 
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County reviews 2014 feedlot report

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Feedlot officer Mike Frauenkron reviewed the 2014 year end Feedlot program report at the county board’s March 3 meeting. A letter from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency read that “Fillmore County performed exceptionally well in the number ..... 
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Water rates a major concern for Lanesboro residents

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

It was a crowded house Monday evening as several Lanesboro residents and business owners came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting to voice concerns over the new water rates. The state recently mandated Lanesboro do something to reduce the radiu ..... 
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Lanesboro EDA to work with school board

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Don Bell from the Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) attended the school board meeting on February 19. Bell talked about the efforts of the EDA, the Chamber, the city council, and the school board to come up with ways to recruit families ..... 
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Chatfield approves engineering studies

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Dillon Dombrovski, WSB, reviewed his proposals for engineering services for two projects at the February 23 Chatfield City Council meeting. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. At this time there are no pedestrian facilities on the west side of High ..... 
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New playground equipment for Spring Valley

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On February 23, the Spring Valley City Council met in regular session with all members in attendance. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and approval of February Accounts Payable, the council considered a proposal from Administrator Deb Zimmer th ..... 
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