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Rushford Village receives pavement management plan


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a process that’s seen momentum in the last six months, the Village is making strides forward in the development of a comprehensive street plan. Following a wide-scope fiscal impact report this past July, the city has spent considerable time detailing, recording, and creating a methodology for road conditions and improvements.

The Village has considered improvements to several areas, including Cooperative Way, Whitemore, Prospect, West Goodrich, Plummer, East Goodrich, Meadow, Aspen, Village Drive, Money Creek, Nordic Road, Ridgeview, Rush Creek Roe, portions of Aspen Road, and County Line Road to or just beyond Laura Lane. The roads considered are of varying material and condition. Some are in a state of much-needed repair, while others are being looked at due to increasing costs of maintenance. In the latter, the city is reviewing the opportunity of reduce the need for annual crushed rock, grading, winter rock, and dust control on higher maintenance roads through paving.

While the cost, an estimated $519,000 initially discussed in July, presents a problem for the city, how the city would determine which roads a priority soon rose to the forefront of the issue. “Let’s bring it to the public and let them tell us what they’d like to see done. It’s never easy to spend that kind of money. We’re known for being pretty frugal, but you have to pay one way or another,” noted Councilor Gordon Johnson previously. “Road rock is our single biggest expenditure every year. Costs are not going to go down. I would hope a public hearing would give us some direction.”

A public hearing for the road issues was held August 6 and 10 residents turned out for discussion of a proposed 15-year, general obligation bonding for several street improvement projects. The proposed bonding was limited $550,000 and would see potential funding through Minnesota Rural Water. Original consideration to get all needed street work done, which includes resurfacing and paving of heavily travelled roads, amounted to $3.25 million, but the council quickly dismissed a plan of that magnitude.

“We need to do this in steps and stages, but we need to start somewhere,” noted Johnson during the hearing. One of our main considerations is that there is a certain amount of maintenance and grading, and crushed rock to keep the streets as drivable. We weighed these recommendations against the amount of invested maintenance.”

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Chatfield accepts engineering proposal for St. Albans Place

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the January 13 Chatfield City Council meeting councilors split the engineering responsibilities for the four 2014 street improvement projects planned. The city’s engineering firm WSB will do the engineering work for three of them. G-Cubed wil ..... 
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Rezoning recommended for former motel property

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Planning Commission at their first meeting in 2014 reelected Gary Ruskell as board chairman and elected Steven Duxbury as vice-chairman. Todd and Amy Soiney, Section 26 Canton Township, had requested that their property that had been the motel ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council organizes for 2014

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on January 13 and approved a long list of first of the year business. The minutes from the December 9 and December were approved. The January Preliminary Accounts Payables consisting of eight pages was approved a ..... 
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Peterson denies detachment request, councilor resigns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Peterson resident Alan Lipowitz and his attorney Tom Murphy were on hand at the Wednesday, January 9 council meeting, to respond to any questions regarding he and his wife, Jan Smaby’s, request for detachment from the city. The duo is seeking anne ..... 
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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom ..... 
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County supports 80,000 pound weight limit for trucks

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the Fillmore County Board’s January 14 meeting the issue of truck size and weight limits was discussed. Commissioners voted to sign on to a letter to Minnesota legislators asking them to maintain the current truck size and weight limits. Th ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses sidewalk assessments

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo presented the Harmony City Council with the completed Feasibility Report on the 1st Ave street project at their regular meeting on January 14. The report analyzed the street, the project itself, and the cost associated. The ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre to refinance debt

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A public hearing was held prior to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 6. Councilman Keith Eide was absent. The hearing was in regard to the nonprofit theatre corporation’s request to amend and reissue its commercial development note th ..... 
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