Spring Grove Board

Approves insurance policy

The Spring Grove School Board approved a health insurance quote from the Public Employees Insurance Program that will result in an 11.2 percent increase in cost to the district for eligible staff.

The decision was made at a special board meeting held on Tuesday, May 23.

The increase is a dramatic reduction from the proposed increase of 35 percent from Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), the district’s current health insurance company.

The new program is widely advocated for by Education Minnesota, Superintendent Rachel Udstuen said. Education Minnesota is a union for education professionals.


Preston City Council

Moving forward with project

Prior to its regular meeting, on Monday, June 5, the Preston City Council held a public hearing for the 2017 sidewalk improvements and assessments with Public Works director Jim Bakken at the helm.

This year’s project involves five locations throughout the city; 100 Main Street SW, 104 Main Street SW, 124 Main Street SW, 201 Fillmore Street W and 212 Fillmore Street W.

The total cost of the improvements is estimated at $14,389 with $6,787.50 in assessable costs. The property owners will pay a combined $3,573.75 and the city’s portion will be $10,815.25.

After re-opening the regular meeting, the council approved three resolutions, which include ordering plans and specs for the 2017 sidewalk improvements, the plans and specs and quote for the improvements and awarding the work for the project to Legends Concrete.


Lanesboro City Council

Calls for hearings

The Lanesboro City Council approved two resolutions to receive reports on improving the Park Road and the Pleasant and Sheridan alley during its meeting on Monday, June 5. The council also voted to set a public hearing for the projects, which will be held on Monday, July 3.

Brian Malm of Bolton and Menk, the city’s engineering firm, presented the feasibility reports of both projects, detailing the existing conditions and improvements of the two projects to the council. 

Both projects will follow the same time frame. They will both be addressed at the public hearing on July 3. By Aug. 7, Malm stated they would likely be taking bids on the projects. 

He also noted the latest date contractors want to lay pavement is in mid- to late-October, giving the city one-and-a-half to two months for the project to be competed. However, the city is not obligated to accept the bids, and could even postpone the construction to next year if they are not favorable to Lanesboro.