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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 portion of the city’s streets and utility connections. About 25 property owners attended the public hearing. Assessments have been proposed for 163 properties.

Total project costs are $3,745,683.23 of which $957,751.78 is to be assessed to benefiting property owners.

Forty percent of street project costs are to be assessed to benefiting property owners and 60 percent will be paid by the city. The city pays 100 percent of storm sewer improvements for street reconstruction projects. The Public Utility will pay 100 percent of costs for lateral water main improvements and water service replacement. Sanitary sewer service replacement costs are 80 percent assessed to the property owner and paid 20 percent by the Public Utility. Property owners with a sanitary sewer service replacement will be assessed $999.41 per service. The percentages are spelled out in the city’s assessment policy.

Numerous questions were asked, many concerning a particular property. For the most part property owners praised construction workers. They were courteous and willing to help individuals to get themselves or their groceries to their homes during construction. One lady called the workers very conscientious and very obliging. Judge Robert Benson concurred, calling them a really good crew.

Most comments were positive. Many sought clarification. One lady asked how the interest rate had been determined. City administrator Joe Hoffman explained that it was 1 percent higher than the city’s net effective bonding rate. Any amount of assessment not paid before December 17 will be financed for 15 years and paid in equal annual installments bearing interest at the rate of 3.76 percent per annum. There is an option to pay off the remaining balance at any time.

Neil Britton expressed his concern about all properties being treated the same with an assessment rate of $63.44 per assessable front foot. On the South Hill curb and gutter was only replaced where it was deficient. It was noted that at a public hearing in the fall of 2013 the city council made a decision due to the similarity of the projects to treat all properties the same. Grabau said that one r .....
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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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Canton canvasses election results

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The election results for the City of Canton were canvassed by the City Council at their regular meeting on November 12. Mayor Donivee Johnson read the election results, stating that there were 171 registered voters, with 18 registering on Election ..... 
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Residents attend assessment hearing for street project in Harmony

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Residents of 1st Ave SW came to the Harmony city council meeting on November 10 for the public hearing on assessments. City engineer Brett Grabau was there to explain the project and answer any questions from the council or the residents. The pro ..... 
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