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Rushford Village awards bid in road improvements


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village council was in full attendance at the Tuesday, May 3 meeting. At the meeting, the council unanimously approved the next phase of road improvements. Pictured, left to right, are Mayor Gordon Johnson, Zoning Administrator Jon Pettit, and councilors Dennis Overland, Todd Baker, Rich Smith, and Chad Rasmussen. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Tuesday, May 3 Rushford Village council meeting, a continuation of the April 19 meeting, went without a hitch as the council tackled several road and bridge items, as well as the hire of a new city clerk. The full council was in attendance.

Bolton & Menk engineer Josh Pope was on hand at the meeting to detail bids received for road improvements to be done in south Rushford this year. There were two bids received for the project, which yielded better pricing. The low bid of approximately $665,000 came from McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, WI. Dunn Blacktop was the second bidder.

The project was bid with a base project and alternates A and B. Alternate A, full removal and replacement of culverts on Prospect Street, was intended to address drainage concerns in the area and comes with a price tag of $37,000. Pope acknowledged the alternate was a difficult portion of the project to determine best course of action. If the city would be addressing the culvert and drainage issue more in-depth within the next five years, Pope recommended the city not move forward with Alternate A. However, the culverts are currently in poor to fair condition. Should the city wait, and the culverts fail completely in that time, the project would be mandatory and considerably more costly.

After some discussion, it appears there is not time for the city to do an in-depth drainage study at this time. “We know snippets, but not the full details,” noted Pope referring to the drainage issues. “It’s not the easiest of decisions.” Pope indicated that if a full storm water analysis is done, the city is likely looking at installation of storm drains. “You’ve got to have a place for the water to go.”

“It could come back to bite us if we don’t do anything,” noted Mayor Gordon Johnson. “I think the timing is now. In my mind, we have an opportunity to move forward with a positive plan.” The council voted unanimously to approve the project, including both alternates. “I’ve heard no negative feedback regarding the goal of what we’re trying to do. I think it would be foolish to put the blinders on. We’ve got to move forward.”

As the city attempts to keep a grasp on the condition of its roads and bring them into good standing with a maintenance plan, the council has scheduled another full council tour of all bituminous roadways. The tour is scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, beginning at 6 p.m.
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Planning Commission approves Ag Tourism Business amendment

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Government

A public hearing was held at the April 21 Fillmore County Planning Commission on the proposed ordinance amendment to regulate Ag Tourism Business (permitted and conditional use). The amendment was discussed at a couple of prior meetings. Zoning ad ..... 
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Third annual cancer benefit in Chatfield

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, made a request at the Chatfield City Council’s April 25 meeting to close a portion of Second St. for the third annual Kick Cancer benefit. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. The request to close Second St. from ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance trailer use discussed

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, April 25, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. Ben Schlaak addressed the council o ..... 
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County receives termination notice from Waste Management

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the county board’s April 26 meeting, County Attorney Brett Corson and solid waste administrator Jon Martin reviewed legal options and waste service options going forward. In a letter dated March 22, Waste Management of Minnesota, Inc. gave no ..... 
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Harmony Council approves 2015 audit

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met for their regular meeting on April 12 at 7 p.m. Assessor Brian Hoff presented the annual report for the Board of Review hearing to discuss property valuations in the area. The consent agenda was approved. It inclu ..... 
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State Representative Greg Davids will seek re-election

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL - State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is announcing that he will seek re-election in November to the Minnesota House of Representatives. “Representing the people of Fillmore and Houston counties is truly a privilege, and it wo ..... 
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Water tower projects in Canton

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Canton Government

Projects involving the water tower were up for discussion at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on April 13. Jon Nordsving, lead city maintenance employee, reported that there is still a water leak. He was able to locate the leak, how ..... 
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Fund-raising plans for Riverside Center

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Preston Historical Society president Sheila Craig and Tourism director Sarah Wangen proposed sponsorship levels to raise money for renovation of the former Dairy and Farm building at the city council’s April 18 meeting. The city council appears ..... 
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