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Preston street construction to start after Trout Days


Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council May 5 meeting, City Administrator Joe Hoffman provided updates on the Twenty-14 and Industrial Park projects.

Contractors are expected to start Twenty-14 street projects on May 19. Construction for the street projects will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. No work is expected on Sundays or holidays. Construction should be substantially completed by October 13. Hoffman said the public will be kept informed as construction moves forward.

Discussion moved on to the North Industrial Park street and utility improvements. At the time of the meeting, Hoffman had not yet been notified as to whether or not the city will receive Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant funds. The business development infrastructure grant could pay up to 50 percent of the cost of extending water and electricity to the Industrial Park. Proceeds from the grant if awarded are estimated to exceed $300,000.

At the April 7 meeting Brett Grabau, Stantec, presented a feasibility report on infrastructure plans for the North Industrial Park which included a collection pond covering 1.9 acres. Councilman Robert Maust suggested it would make sense to have the collection or retention pond on the east side of Highway 52 further down the hill to allow for more development in the park. Members of the council were generally in favor of having the pond on the east side of the highway. Grabau said at the April 7 meeting that it was theoretically possible to have the pond on the east side of the highway, but it would be more expensive.

Hoffman said they have to make a decision as to where the pond will be located, adding the quickest option is to place the pond in the Industrial Park as originally proposed. Maust wanted to have the city engineer go ahead with a plan without the pond in the Industrial Park. Councilman Charles Sparks said until we know whether or not we will get the DEED grant, we should wait, adding “until it is approved there is no guarantee we will get the money.” Mayor Kurt Reicks commented that if the grant doesn’t come through, we will have to look at other options.

Hoffman said they should hear about the grant later this week or next week.

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Ostrander City Council organizes community meeting

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

When the Ostrander City Council heard from Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, in regards to the new sewer and water treatment center there was a lot to take in. So much that Deputy Mayor Pam Kunert suggested Bolton & Menk representatives visit with commun ..... 
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Government the Week of May 5, 2014

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 5, Preston City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Council Chambers. •Monday, May 5, Lanesboro City Council meeting, 5:30 p.m., City Hall. •Tuesday, May 6, Ostrander City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Community Center. •Tuesday, May 6, Rush ..... 
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Cancer benefit motorcycle ride

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, detailed plans for a 150-mile biker ride at the Chatfield City Council’s April 28 meeting. Mayor Russ Smith was absent. Hare reported that local bikers have put together plans for a cancer benefit ride on May 17. ..... 
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Rushford moving forward with business incubator plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

While the Business Incubator Plan is still in draft stages, the city and Economic Development Authority (EDA) are moving forward in seeking grant funding to get the ball rolling. At the Monday, April 28 council meeting, EDA chairman Tom Driscoll took ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council cleans up old business at meeting

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

One of the oldest issues that the Spring Valley City Council addressed at its most recent meeting was the passage of an ordinance that provides for the regulation, maintenance and occupancy of rental housing in Spring Valley. According to the ordinan ..... 
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Preston’s new industrial park to go forward

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, presented information related to the plan for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 8 at the Preston City Council’s April 21 meeting. Three public hearings were held related to the industrial park, includi ..... 
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County opposes EPA proposed definition of change

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the Fillmore County Board’s April 20 meeting the recent notification that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have proposed a rule change involving the Clean Water Act (CWA) definition of “Waters of t ..... 
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Government the Week of April 28, 2014

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, April 14, Whalan City Council meeting, City Hall, 5 p.m. •Monday, April 14, Spring Valley City Council meeting, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, April 14, City of Rushford City Council meeting, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, April 14, Wy ..... 
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