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Spring Valley 2017 levy set


Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

By Rich Wicks

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 12, 2016. Members in attendance were: Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp was absent. The council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and Preliminary Accounts Payable. No visitors had signed up to speak to the council.

Zimmer spoke about Resolution 2016-26, Resolution Adopting Preliminary Levy. She and Mayor Struzyk pointed out that once it’s set, “you can always go down, but you can’t go up”. Zimmer said the levy will need to be decided upon at either this meeting or the next. She presented a comparison of operating budgets for the city’s various departments and funds for budget years 2010 through 2017, and pointed out, “The reason I did your comparison of multi-year for the operating is, the departments are really not increasing their operation; they’re trying to be more efficient.” She said it’s the capital expenditures and street projects that are responsible for budget increases. After discussion, the council voted unanimously to approve Resolution 2016-26 as submitted, setting the total levy at $1,125,118.

The council also heard details on a request for additional 800mhz radios to be ordered for the Fire Department. Using county grant funding, the request is to order radios at a total cost to the city of $9,826.90. The city had previously OK’d spending up to $7,000. Following discussion of the need for the additional radios, the council OK’d spending $9,826.90.

The council approved the Industrial Park Expansion Final Pay Estimate of $75,209.36, and the Lyndale/Fremont Improvement Pay Estimate of $188,196.33. The council also OK’d a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the Spring Valley Public Utilities Main Substation Expansion (Resolution 2016-25), as outlined in the public hearing on August 31. Zimmer also shared a resolution that will be considered at the September 26 meeting. It is to raise sewer rates by $.85 to the base rate and $.21 per 1,000 gallons, bringing the new rates to a base rate of $18.03 and $4.34 per 1,000 gallons. If approved, these rates will go into effect January 1, 2017.

Zimmer also shared a letter of appreciation that Spring Valley received from Minnesota Energy. It thanks the city and residents for cooperation during the seven-month process of upgrades to the natural gas distribution syste .....
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Birth Announcement ~ Claira Margaret Johnson

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Social Scenes

Claira Margaret Johnson Michael and Margaret Johnson of Fountain, Minn., are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Claira Margaret. Claira was born August 4, 2016, weighing 7 lb 12 oz and was 20 inches long. She is welcomed home by si ..... 
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Bloodmobile coming to Harmony on September 27

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. D ..... 
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F & M Community Bank meets with Rep. Tim Walz

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Representatives of F & M Community Bank recently met with U. S. Representative Tim Walz at the bank’s office in Rochester. Dan Christianson, CEO; Charles Aug, President; Jim Oeltjenbruns, Senior Vice President; and Mike Tuohy, Board Member, met ..... 
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Speedy Trojans Down Falcons

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in All Sports

By Paul Trende sports@fillmorecountyjournal.com In was one of the marquee week two football match-ups, hopeful section contenders #10 in Class A (tie) FC (1-0) and #8 in Class A R-P (1-0) battled a great battle down to the wire. One team’s fas ..... 
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Mill Creek Habitat project to begin

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner At the Chatfield City Council’s September 12 meeting ,soil scientist Luke Lunde said the 1,200 linear foot project, which will include a fishing pier, will begin next week from the bridge on Division St. south. It is expected to ..... 
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Prevent the flu! It’s the cool thing to do

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people who care for children under age six months and people ..... 
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County discusses courthouse security

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Sheriff Tom Kaase presented his department’s budget proposals for 2017 at the September 13 county board meeting. During his presentation, courthouse security options were discussed. Kaase has about $77,000 included in his budge ..... 
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Seatbelts save lives...

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Harmony Features

At the Friday, September 9, 2016, Fillmore Central High School football game, Sgt. Troy Christianson launched shirts into the crowd of fans to promote safe driving. On behalf of the Minnesota State Patrol, Christianson attended the game to encourag ..... 
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