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Thursday, October 20, 2011 T_oh00la Tri-CountyNewsoKimball, MN a.e(]...,. Government Page 23 ! .................................. Local government activity, summarized Below is a listing of recent governmental activity within the Tri-County News area: Eden Valley City Council naces. This will give them time Kimball has contacted Watkins Eden Valley's main street is to research the issue and possibly about response time by the ambu- at the top of the MnDOT list for develop regulations on these fur- lance service. The issue is being reconstruction projects. Once naces within the citylimits, addressed (by seeking additional the allocation of funds is deter- The city continues to work on volunteers). mined, cityengineerswilldrawup plans for water and sewer proj- Maine Prairie Township final designs.and estimates for the ects scheduled to commence The most pressing issue for the street projects, next spring. A public hearing was township is a new Town Hall. A Plans for school construc- held Sept. 8 to explain the proj- special meeting was held Sept. 22 tion are continuing, and the city ect, although few attended. The to discuss the issue with residents. is cooperating. A sewer line must projects will be funded through Several options are available to the now be re-routed so it is not below a combination of government township, and the pros and cons the planned new construction, grants and loans, and local taxes, of each were discussed: The reconstruction of an inter- South Haven City Council 1. Build a new hall on the land section in the industrial park in The council is proceeding donated to the township (north of front of RIE was completed last with plans to tear down the city Kimball on Hwy. 15) week. hall building and clear the neigh- 2. Rent space at ProjectOne Kimball City Council boring lot before winter. The city in Pearl Lake (formerly Theisen After interviewing three eligi- vacated the building in Septem- Building Supplies) ble candidates, Paula Capes was bet 2010 after engineers declared 3. Purchase the old Swan's Caf6 appointed in August to fill the it. unsafe. The historical society building in Kimball for use as a council seat vacated in July by signed off on its demolition; a new town hall Chris Jansky. community center is proposed 4. Build onto the Kimball Fire Kimball Police are in the pro- for the location. The city coun- Hall (currently used as a town hall Enjoy another evening of Square DanOngl This ovora cess of raising funds to purchase cil is waiting for a final report and part-time) will haveyou moving and laughing inno time. No part- two solar-powered, portable speed billing from the historical society A 4.4-acre plot of land was r or oxgen.qt EetXt dancers signs. The total cost is around before movingforward, donated to the township for a will be on hand to guide you through the moves. $7,000, and much of that has been Across the street, what is left of town hall. Plans have been drawn No adm costs, the  FFA will provt talreshn:mnts. raised with grants and donations, two buildings, one seriously dam- up and scaled down. Money has The anltanca at pang is located behind the high stooL The city renewed its contract aged and one destroyed by fire been set aside each year since 2004  ,, for building inspection services March 5, also will be razed and the to build a town hall; there is now For all ages.  , with MNSPECT, for three years, land cleaned up. It has taken this $40,000 in the fund. But at this Pretegtsttat L not requite ...... .- Kimball Fire Dept. received a long to go through the necessary point nothing is firmly decided, $3,000 grant to purchase a new legal channels, and the city hopes and any of the above options are --,.---...,-==:...... stair chair. And the department is to have the lots cleared by winter, still on the table for discussion. working on creating a fire training South Haven also is waiting Work will continue on the var- site for our department and other for USDA Rural Development for ious options, and they will be pre- local departments, funding for these projects, sented to township residents at Thecityisintheprocessofcon- Watkins City Council the annual meeting in March for traqting for garbage and recycling A petition is being circulated a vote to select one path for the services. Five bids were received, to start a dog park in the city. The township. The sentiment at the and t!city has narrowed it down council will consider the matter if Sept. 22 meeting was that there ttwb providers: Waste Manage- there is enough interest, has been enough discussion; it's ment (the current provider) and The community is awaiting time to decide something and do Veolia.  final sale of Hilltop Care Center it. The -t:ity adO'lbted a reso/u- toElderCare of Minnesbta which tion for a six-month  moratorium continue to operate the . o outdoor wood-burning fur- nursing facility in Watkins. garage