"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Thursday, November 26th, 2015
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 2:58:00, Nov 25th 2015 - James1952 - The word on the street is that the folks who own the land above the schoo ... [Read More]
- 10:17:32, Nov 25th 2015 - - Yes it does take money to operate schools and keep buildings open. If the high s ... [Read More]
- 9:09:47, Nov 25th 2015 - @Says - Bottom line... it takes money to operate & keep open school buildings. Yes, I ... [Read More]
- 7:57:56, Nov 25th 2015 - nature man - I think y'all are in denial. Atrazine in all your well, shallow aquifer ... [Read More]
- 10:20:12, Nov 24th 2015 - - It's about the money? What an ignorant comment. Is that what you teach your kid ... [Read More]
- 9:20:20, Nov 24th 2015 - reader - What an inspiring message! Thank you! ... [Read More]
- 8:07:37, Nov 24th 2015 - Stan Gudmundson - I've never responded to any comments made about anything I've writt ... [Read More]
- 8:02:03, Nov 24th 2015 - Stan Gudmundson - I've never responded to any comments made about anything I've writt ... [Read More]
- 6:09:45, Nov 24th 2015 - JustTheFacts - All of those funds have been triple audited, and by people who have a ... [Read More]
- 3:40:51, Nov 24th 2015 - James1952 - I can't find anywhere that Mr. Gudmundson was guilty of plagiarism. What ... [Read More]
Fri, May 16th, 2003
Posted in Features
Posted in Features
"Manholes look real good, like they were just laid five years ago," stated Mike Lynch, as he and Chuck Janski of Bonestroo Rosene Anderlik & Associates gave an update on the wastewater plant project to Harmony council members. If the outfall sewer line investigation turns out as good as the manholes, Harmony will be looking at considerably less than the $322,000 figure estimated for a worst case scenario.
Technicians using a special underground camera that allows them to determine if there are any obstructions in the sewer line will do an outfall line investigation. This is critical information when updating any wastewater system. The public will be forewarned about a camera truck approaching their property to conduct the work. The city’s system should be running at about 600 gallons per minute, but is only running at 200 gallons. Quotes for the work are expected to run from $1.00-$1.25 per foot. "Any ideas how we’re going to pay for this?," threw out council member Mark Mckay. "It’s called rates," replied City Administrator Jerome Ill. The Minnesota Public Finance Authority has money set aside for the project. This is a state revolving loan program. However, the council is on a stringent timeline to get the necessary paperwork completed and bids accepted by the Finance Authority’s fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2003. The application total is $888,000. The council gave the green light for the loan application. Tri-County Electric Tri-County Electric representatives Brian Krambeer and Ted Kjos addressed the council, touching base first on the city’s Rural Development grant and the electrical rate activity. The city had received a grant for over $200,000 to be used in conjunction with the Industrial Park. However, there hasn’t been enough activity to make use of the grant that would also require a partial match from the city as well as Tri County Electric. The deadline for the grant is June 24, 2003. At this point the city is declining the offer. According to Krambeer, electric sales have shown a 6% increase in the last year. A five-year fixed rate has helped the city to see savings running in the thousands of dollars. "The outpost here is a very important part of restoration", sited Krambeer as he wished to dispel any rumors that it would be discontinued. It is operated by a two-man crew. Time of use rates were also discussed. This refers to larger electrical customers utilizing generators as a backup during storms and also during peak alert times. The electrical company has a cheaper rate for those who help lessen the burden of the electrical plant. Krambeer commended the city on their ability to regulate their usage in the most cost effective way for its’ residents and businesses. The council was encouraged to look into Tri County’s updated billing system, which interfaces with the city’s accounting system. Community Center With all the rain of late, the Community Center’s roof rated high on the council members’ "to do list". Mark Thein was once again present to update the group on the roof’s financial status. A 20-year loan at 4.5%, not to exceed $175,000, was reviewed. The board approved a "letter of intent" saying they would meet the required conditions of the USDA loan. Several of the conditions center on handicapped accessibility. It will be two to six weeks before a response is received. In the mean time, the city can ask for bids, saving time down the road. Other business •There was no opposition during the public hearing regarding the raising of liquor licenses to $800. •A copy of the delinquent utility guideline was passed out for inspection. •"No overnight parking" signs will be posted in the Visiting Center lot. Overnighters are encouraged to use the trailhead lot. •TH 139 detour has begun. The work should be complete in six weeks approximately.