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Chatfield sets preliminary 2015 budget/levy


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

By Karen Reisner

Prior to the September 8 city council meeting the Committee of the Whole met to discuss Chatfield’s preliminary budget and levy for 2015. The proposed preliminary budget/levy was adopted at the regular city

council meeting.

The preliminary figures for the 2015 levy show an increase of $120,329 or 9.8 percent. City Clerk Joel Young maintained that this represents the maximum increase. The levy can be reduced but not increased. The Committee of the Whole wants to reduce that figure before the final budget/levy is set in December.

Young noted that Local Government Aid is expected to increase by $10,531. A wage adjustment of 3 percent is figured into the 2015 budget, but has not yet been determined. There is an additional bond payment for 2015 in the amount of $110,000 to service the 2014 street improvement project debt.

The Truth in Taxation Hearing was set for December 8 at 7 p.m. to discuss the proposed budget/levy at a regularly scheduled city council meeting.Lutheran Church Request

to Vacate Alley

Considerable work concerning this issue has been done since Allison Allen, representing the church located at 304 Fillmore St., made the request at the August 25 meeting. The church’s plans for expansion (building over the alley) is the reason for the request. The issue has been discussed at the Public Works Committee and considered by the city engineer. The Planning and Zoning Commission took all these comments plus concerns of the city council into account before making its

recommendation to the city council.

Tony Lammers, Public Works, and Bill Hanson, waste pick-up, both recommended that the whole alley be vacated or none at all. City Engineer Dillon Dombrovski addressed the need to evaluate private utilities with facilities in the alley, the removal of existing driveway aprons, and storm water run-off requirements.

Dave Dudek, the only other property owner adjacent to the alley, signed a letter noting his consent for the vacation of part or all of the alley between Third and Fourth Streets.

P & Z unanimously voted at their September 2 meeting to recommend vacating the entire alley with five conditions.

The city council again had an extended discussion of the request and the information gathered since the last meeting. Kristi Clarke reviewed the P & .....
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Trees, taxes, and Taste of the Trail take center stage at Whalan council meeting

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

In the early ‘90s nearly 100 trees were planted in the town of Whalan to help beautify the community. That planting included a stand of basswood trees on the boulevard near the area now known as the “the Whalan plaza.” Nearly 25 years later th ..... 
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New scholarships available for Minnesota’s beginning farmers

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is launching a new Farm Business Management (FBM) scholarship program for beginning farmers. Minnesota residents who have farmed less than 10 years can receive scholarships for half t ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Logan Lyle Huebner, 46, Summer, Iowa; 7/15/2014, Speeding - 65/55; Fees $130. Ryne Daniel Kimball, 22, Spring Valley, Minn.; 6/30/2014, Disorderly Conduct - Offensive/Abusive/Noisy/Obscene; Fine of $1,000 (sta ..... 
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Fountain City Council approves budget

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Fountain All

Approving the budget was one of many items on the agenda as the Fountain City Council met Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the city hall in Fountain, Minn. The meeting began one hour earlier than usual in order to complete a WebEx telep ..... 
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DreamAcres welcomes touring Minneapolis puppet troupe

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

The County 25 assessment policy adopted in April and estimated assessments have gone out to property owners. Expected is a full reconstruction on the county state aid highway, including curb, gutter, catch basins, and sidewalks, as well as the water ..... 
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Cowboy Concert

Fri, Sep 12th, 2014

The public is invited to a Country Gospel Concert presented by area musicians at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. This group of musicians has grown over the past few years through the ..... 
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Mark Dean Kneeskern

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mark Dean Kneeskern was born July 10, 1972, in Audubon, Iowa, to Laurice (Peterson) Kneeskern and Cloy Kneeskern. He attended grade school and high school in Audubon, and attended Iowa State University in Ames, where he graduated with a Bachelor of ..... 
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Help the Red Cross prepare for emergencies by donating blood

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Disasters can strike at any time, and the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to help their communities prepare for emergencies by giving blood during National Preparedness Month. The mission of the Red Cross is to he ..... 
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