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Spring Valley to increase sewer rates


Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council dealt with two main issues at the June 22 regular meeting. The first issue was a proposed increase in the city’s sewer rates. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated, “This is just a slight increase” (of 2% to the base rate and 3% to the usage fee). She also reminded the Council that the rate hadn’t increased since October 2013, and said that due to increased costs, the City needs to increase rates, and she favors “trying to inch it up a little at a time rather than taking a big jump”. The Council approved Resolution 2015-25, increasing the base rate to $17.18 and the “per 1000 gallon” rate to $4.14. This will be effective with the September 1, 2015 billing.

Next, the Council discussed the Staff Proposal for Unused PTO Buyback, which had been briefly discussed at the previous City Council meeting. Zimmer summarized, “What they’re proposing is to discontinue the Short Term Disability and do a buyback of PTO hours”. The staff proposal states that the discontinuation of Short Term Disability would save the City $2244 per year. It also proposes a buyback system in which “Employees that have reached the maximum carryover of PTO the buyback up to 40 hours at a rate of 75%. Currently for the employees that have reached the maximum PTO carryover this would cost the City $2340 (maximum of 40 hours buyback). The potential cost to the City would be $3360 if all eligible employees received a buyback of 40 hours”.

Council member Jeff Vehrenkamp asked how many employees are at the maximum PTO carryover amount. Zimmer answered, “Three, possibly four”. Council member Todd Jones asked, “So really, it’s not going to cost us?” Zimmer replied, “No, it’s kind of a wash”. The Council voted unanimously to approve the change as outlined in the Staff Proposal.

The Council then approved the hiring of Travis Wilcox for the EMT crew. Chad Hindt (Streets Director) gave an update on crack-filling, and explained how it is determined which cracks are fixed, and how it is done. Troy Lange (Fire Chief) stated that the grain rescue equipment has arrived, and training on its use has been completed.

Council member Bill Bires asked if the City could save money by mowing less on the sides of the trail. John Fenske and Zimmer explained the current mowing process, in which two mowers go out together (for safety purposes). Fenske also said if the City mows less, there .....
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Government this week - 6.29.15

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Thursday, July 2, Fountain City Council, City Hall, 7:30 p.m. • Monday, July 6, Laneboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, July 6, Preston City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. Schedule subject to change.

Rushford approves offer for community center sale; new city engineer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, June 22 Rushford Council meeting brought the long-awaited news of an offer to purchase the former community center, ending a nearly 6-year saga. Located at 1108 Miller Circle, in the Himlie Business Park, the center was initially approve ..... 
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Preston approves EDA recommendations

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, recommended that the city move forward with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) applications at the June 16 city council meeting. The council approved the application ..... 
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Peterson hashes out project details, planning commission work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Already in the midst of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, the Peterson City Council tackled a bevy of issues including bonding for the project, water rates and revenues, property variances, property and utility easements and movement, and the ..... 
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County Board of Appeal and Equalization

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

On June 16 county assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the role of the board and summarized 2014 sales, new construction, and valuations at the Board of Appeal and Equalization. One residential appeal was acted on. Board member Duane Bakke asked if ..... 
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Rushford Village awards bid; reviews permitting requirements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village has awarded the bid for the 2015 Pavement Management Plan to Dunn Blacktop Company, of Winona, in the amount of $158,838. Engineer’s estimate for the work was $140,000. Costs related to street widening were significant ..... 
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Government this week - 6.22.15

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, June 22, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, June 22, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, June 22, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, June 23, Fillmore County Co ..... 
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Council makes quick work of agenda

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, June 4, 2015 with all council members present. Motion by Wangen, seconded by Ostby, to approve consent agenda items including minutes from the May 7, 2015 regular meeting, treasurer’s report, monthly ci ..... 
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