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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns


Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a leak that put moisture into the siren’s electrical system, is the cause of the problem.

“The siren was purchased about five years ago, with the use of grant money,” said Mayor Larry Johnson at the council meeting. “The city is now responsible to fix the siren, but we are contacting the electrical company that was involved in the siren’s installation to see if there are warranties or liabilities on that work.”

The cost to repair the siren is estimated at $1,832. That would pay for a refurbished box. (“A totally new electrical box would cost $2,331, but would have the same warranty,” explained Mayor Johnson.) Tri-County Electric will be able to seal the new box—at no charge to Whalan, said Mayor Johnson—to prevent any water getting into that box and once again disrupting the siren’s operation.

“I have checked with the League of Minnesota Cities regarding insurance on matters like this,” said Mayor Johnson. “It may be helpful to put in a claim to see what might happen. We’re waiting for more information. Tri-County has said that they are willing to work with Whalan on a payment installation schedule.”

Meanwhile, at the present time, no emergency siren is functioning in Whalan.

“I talked to Kevin Beck at the Fillmore County Emergency Management Office and he said the situation is not urgent, given the weather season,” said Johnson. “But it is certainly something we want to move on and resolve, and we are doing that.”

Other Whalan

Council Business and News

•The three trees on Whalan’s boulevard and a large stump behind the Whalan Town Hall, a matter of discussion in last month’s city council meeting, will soon be removed by Dave Norby.

•Wes Harding reported that Whalan’s participation in the recent “Taste of the Trail” event was a great success. More than two dozen volunteers pitched in to make it a fun and festive day in Whalan, with more than 3,000 food samples given out to bikers and visitors. “We’re very happy with the way the event came off,” said Harding, “and especially with the large group of volunteers who helped make it ha .....
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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Stand Still Parade, new trail map highlight Whalan’s June council meeting

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, June 9, the council received positive news on a number of recent projects and events. The Stand Still Parade Committee presented their final financial report to the Council, showing a net profit of $3,09 ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city co ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city c ..... 
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Spring water, signs and new brochures highlight Whalan’s April council meeting

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

Signs of spring were on the agenda at last Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council. One of those signs was concern about melting snow running where it probably shouldn’t; another was an effort underway to inform more people abou ..... 
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Whalan City Council learns of fire department cost studies

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the February meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department, financial issues were raised that will require more research and discussion, according to the report shared at the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, March 10. A task force is no ..... 
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DMC tourist ideas welcomed from Whalan residents

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The temperature was still firmly stuck below zero, where it seems to have stubbornly been for weeks, last Monday night, February 10, when the Whalan City Council gathered for its monthly meeting, but no water problems or frozen pipes were on the age ..... 
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Whalan Council approves final tax levy for 2014

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Whalan Government

The City of Whalan’s tax levy for 2014 was adjusted at the December 9 Whalan City Council meeting—in a direction that should please town residents. After discussion about the previous preliminary figure of 5 percent set earlier this fall, and a ..... 
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