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Mabel water and sewer project set to wrap up in May


Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met for their regular meeting on April 13 at 7 p.m. All council members were present.

Thomas Trehus was present at the meeting to introduce himself to the council. Trehus is running for Minnesota House of Representatives in District 28B, challenging the incumbent, Representative Greg Davids. He stated that he has a lot of respect for Davids, but believes that it’s time for some new ideas in the House of Representatives. He is a 5th generation resident of rural Spring Grove and serves on the Spring Grove school board. Trehus has worked with Senator Al Franken in Washington and currently works at Minnowa Construction, Inc. in Harmony. He emphasized the need for politicians from all parties to work together and listen to each other. He would like to see more investment in schools and roads and bridges being funded properly, noting that there are currently 35 bridges in Fillmore County that are structurally deficient. “I want to truly become an ambassador for our communities, and see us grow and thrive.” Trehus stated. He also wants to work on finding ways to encourage the young people of the small communities in Houston and Fillmore County to come back to live in or stay in the area and believes that one of the ways to make that happen is to support initiatives like broadband. He thanked the mayor and council for allowing him to speak at the meeting. Mayor James Westby thanked Trehus for coming and noted that he’s the first candidate he’s ever heard of who’s come to visit and talk to the city council.

Kurt Marx updated the council on the water and sewer project. It has a completion date of May 31. The state allows projects to go up to 25% higher on costs than the original contract, but no more. Since the water and sewer project is currently at 125%, no more change orders will be allowed. Three streets still need to be paved, but since the project has hit its cap, Marx said that the contract will be completed as currently written, and then Dunn Asphalt will be hired to finish paving. Their services will be invoiced directly to the city and cannot run through the contract as the cap has been met. After closing out the contract, Davy Engineering will determine what is left to be done in the city. They are estimating an additional $100,000 in sewer work and $200,000 for the water which will be covered by the grant money. A walk-through of the construction areas was done last fall to determine which .....
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Wykoff WWTP needs to be addressed

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on April 11 in regular session. Members in attendance were Mitch Grabau, Rocky Vreeman, Mayor Al Williams, Megan Lund, Brody Mensink, and City Clerk Cheryl Davis. Following the approval of the agenda and prior minutes, ..... 
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County supports broadband alliance

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Sam Smith, county EDA director, asked commissioners to consider endorsing the establishment of a Fillmore County Broadband Alliance at the board’s April 12 meeting. Smith maintained that broadband is, at best, passable for county residents, if y ..... 
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Chatfield City Charter amendment process begins

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young presented his proposals to amend the Chatfield City Charter at the city council’s April 11 meeting. Councilor Dave Frank was absent. Young made note of the 15 citizens that are serving on the Charter Commission. They have h ..... 
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Rushford council hearing draws a crowd

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, April 11 council meeting, which included a public hearing on proposed infrastructure improvements to two city roadways, drew nearly two dozen concerned citizens. The hearing portion of the meeting dominated two hours of the lengthy meeti ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council & Board of Review

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, April 11, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., with all members in attendance: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. The annual Board of Review meetin ..... 
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Police Chief Mosher warns of scams

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

As the Fountain City Council met for its monthly meeting on April 7, 2016, Police Chief Mosher warned of scams that area residents have experienced. On March 28, Mosher received a report of a scam off Craigslist. These types of scams have an ind ..... 
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Peterson meeting clears up rumors; hires new clerk

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson council flew through a short agenda at the April 13 meeting, working through just three items of old business and three new. Councilor Gail Boyum stood in for Megan Boyum, former city clerk, who resigned last month. Councilor Boyum, a ..... 
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Lanesboro project meetings to be held April 12 and 13 Will present draft interim concept plan

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

LANESBORO, MN, April 5, 2016 - Community Planner Randall Arendt returns to Lanesboro next week for the next two public meetings of the Lanesboro Concept Project. At those meetings—on Tuesday, April 12, and Wednesday, April 13 - a draft interim co ..... 
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