OLMSTED COUNTY NOTEBOOK - Stewartville considers sewer extension

STEWARTVILLE -- City officials are discussing running water and sewer lines to an industrial park planned for the city's northeast side.

Tony Chladek, city administrator, said running the service lines to the park area will cost about $500,000. The project will be paid for by property owners abutting the park who will benefit from water and sewer services and utility revenue.

The city does not plan to increase taxes or utility rates to pay for the project, Chladek said.

The park is just south of Interstate 90 and along U.S. 63, the city's main thoroughfare.

The service lines could be installed as soon as this fall, according to Chladek.


Cuts might delay projects

BYRON -- Byron might delay putting in a soccer field and installing playground equipment because of a lack of state funding.

Mary Hoeft, city clerk/treasurer, said that will be the city council's recommendation to the park board as it manages a loss of about $74,000 in state aid this year. Hoeft said the council would prefer no cuts be made to safety equipment.

Growth in housing, and thus the city's tax base, offsets some of the funding loss, Hoeft said. A dozen housing developments planned for the city in the next decade should more than double Byron's population of about 4,000 residents.

D-E Web site

EYOTA -- The Dover-Eyota school district plans to have a Web site by the time school starts in September.

The site,, will include information on school closings and job openings, a list of student activities, the lunch menu and staff e-mail addresses.

Superintendent David Groth said the site will allow the district to help parents and staff members know more about the district and better support the education of their children.


There are about 1,100 students in the Dover-Eyota school district.

City council meetings

Byron: 6 p.m. today, Fire Hall.

Chatfield: 7 p.m., July 14, Thurber Building (City Hall).

Dover: 7 p.m., July 3, City Hall.

Eyota: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, City Hall.

Oronoco: 7 p.m., July 21, City Hall.

Pine Island: 7 p.m., July 15, City Hall.


Stewartville: 7 p.m., July 8, City Hall.

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