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4/29/2014 12:22:00 PM
Dodge County Commissioners Dodge/Mower wind farm construction to begin

By Gretta Becay

In June, construction is scheduled to begin on the 100-turbine Pleasant Valley wind farm in southeast Minnesota. Hayfield and Vernon townships will have 12 of the turbines; the rest are in Mower County.

A pre-construction meeting is planned for May 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Oaks Golf Club in Hayfield, Justin Markel told the Dodge County commissioners at their meeting April 22, 2014.

Markel is the development manager for RES, America Development, Inc. the company that owns Pleasant Valley Wind, LLC, which is building the farm.

County Engineer Guy Kohlnhofer has been working with the company along with the Mower County engineer to draft a joint development and road use agreement amongst the involved counties and townships.

The company has received all necessary approvals and plans to begin the project by building accesses, roads and tower bases this year. The turbines should be installed in 2015.

In other business, the commissioners approved the sale of a parcel of land within the block near Lions Park in Kasson to the City of Kasson for $25,200. The city had been able to use the tax-forfeited parcel for public use but now the city is purchasing all private property in the park and then selling a portion of it to a development company to build a retail establishment where the park is. Therefore, the city has to formally buy the property.

A public hearing was opened during the meeting to discuss amending the capital improvement plan. After the hearing, the commissioners approved a resolution expressing the intent to issue up to $9.9 million in general obligation capital improvement plan bonds. The money generated will be used to renovate the courthouse and the Government Services Center - the former K-M Intermediate School.

The commissioners heard a report from Lisa Hanni of Goodhue County about the two counties partnership for surveying and global information services, (GIS). Some of the joint projects include the placement of missing property line survey section corners, the coordinates on existing monuments, parcel mapping, and maintaining the county online GIS mapping site.

In other business, the commissioners approved:

• extending the agreement with Full Circle Organics, which has a composting facility in Good Thunder, MN. The company composts food waste generated primarily by businesses and schools;

• the appointment of Joshua Toquam to the planning commission;

• the appointment of two voting members; Dick Leonard and Lori Kryzer and two alternates; Guy Kohlnhofer and Steven Gray to the Southeastern Minnesota Association of Regional Trails board;

• the agreement with Olmsted County Public Health to provide tuberculosis clinic services to county residents as needed;

• the Statewide Health Improvement implementation grant for an additional $206,166 for Dodge and Steele counties to work on reducing residents' obesity and tobacco use;

• a gambling permit for Holy Family Catholic Church for excluded bingo at the county fair July 16 through July 20.

• credit card processing for the county property tax website. This will allow county residents to pay their property taxes online with a credit card.

• 2014 lawn care services for the courthouse/annex, maintenance garage, vacant lot at Seventh St East, the historical society, the government services center and the Wasioja Seminary, by JMC Property Services, LLC of Wanamingo for about $4,830.

The commissioners will meet again at 9:30 a.m. May 13 at the courthouse.

Claremont Service

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