Spring Grove EDA

Discusses projects

At its July 5 meeting, the Spring Grove Economic Development Association (EDA) continued conversations over two needs in the city – lodging and housing.

On the lodging front, EDA director Courtney Bergey reviewed previous plans for a proposed campground to be built on city-owned land near the aquatic center.

There was no action taken by the board. Additional discussions are planned for August.

Likewise, the EDA’s conversation about a possible housing development project on city-owned land, continues to unfold.

Noting the housing shortage in Spring Grove, she said the EDA is always looking for cost-effective ways to building more housing.

Fountain City Council

Discusses maintenance needs

The Fountain City Council discussed needs to be addressed in the city maintenance department during its meeting Wednesday, July 5.

Trees along the streets are in need of a trim. City maintenance worker John Hanson stated that a lot of the limbs hanging down are too long for him to cut through. Thus, Norby Tree Service submitted a quote for trimming the trees, noting it should be able to get everything done in eight or nine hours.

The council also received proposals for putting steel on the well house roofs for $4,110 for both buildings. This was approved.

Hanson and city clerk Rhonda Flattum toured town to take a look at the properties that are in need of clean-up, not up to snuff with the ordinance. Flattum will send out a generic letter to everyone getting water bills in town regarding cleaning up.

Finally, the council received a request from Mayor Richard Kujath to purchase a culvert and two loads of rock to fix the drainage issues in front of his building. The council approved the request.

Lanesboro Council

Learns of next steps

Now that the funding for the Lanesboro historic dam has been accepted, the Lanesboro City Council, meeting Monday, July 3, learned of the next steps to be taken.

Pete Haug from Ayers & Associates discussed the process and phases for the project. He stated he will be looking into what all can be done to improve the dam with the $4 million now to be put into the project. Haug noted his desire to get it done sooner versus later since the sooner the work gets done, the less it will cost.

Once the menu for the improvements has been compiled, the plan is to obtain bids sometime in January 2018 and the contract locked in February. Construction would start in mid-September. The result of the project will be a totally new dam built underwater behind the current dam. Haug commented they would need to talk to the Minnesota Historic Preservation Office once again to inquire about its willingness to aid in the project.

Rushford City Council

Has short agenda

The Rushford City Council reviewed bills, claims and reports during the July 10 council meeting, which had a very short agenda.

The council approved a subordination request for George and Judy Graham’s commercial properties, which house the American Family Insurance business and former Village Auto building. The Grahams are restructuring their banking relationship with Rushford State Bank. The action places a mortgage on the properties and allows Rushford State Bank first position.

In a memo to the council, city staff explained that the city will be subordinate to the bank, which is typical for many of the flood recovery loan funds under the city’s control.