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Rushford Village increases maximum levy


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the council has bumped up the preliminary figure in attempts to ensure city services continue without putting the city in a pinch.

“A lot of time has been put in looking at the proposed budget,” stated Mayor Gordon Johnson. “I thought we needed to at least consider the cost of new garbage pickup and going backwards on LGA. We can’t justify putting out there more than that in order to try to continue where we are. We need to consider at least $380,000.”

Earlier in 2014, the city saw an $18,000 annual cost increase from garbage service through Harter’s Quick Clean Up. The uptick was not expected and has been at the center of several council discussions on future cost savings.

Additionally, the city added a part-time public works/maintenance position in 2014 in hopes of catching up with pressing projects and not enough time. Public Works Director Bob Thieret has notified the city of his intent to retire in 2015, at least to part-time. The city is considering its maintenance needs and has entertained the suggestions of increasing to one full-time and one three-quarter time position or two full-time positions in lieu of current staffing. Thieret holds required water and sewer licensure for the city and may need to be kept on to ensure those required licenses are covered.

“Looking at the numbers, the proposed budget was set at $380,000 as a benchmark. We can maybe lower that number before the end of the year, bring it back to $350,000, but we can’t raise it after tonight.” noted Johnson.

“But is $380,000 going to be enough,” asked councilor Hamilton Peterson.

“We have to make up what we’re losing on additional expenditures; break even. I’m okay with that, but we still have to be conservative and not just spending money because we have some,” responded Johnson.

“If we feel that will take care of it. We can always back it down. We’re looking at unknown things,” added Peterson.

The vote to approve the maximum levy was unanimous; 3-0. Councilors Dennis Overland and Todd Baker were absent.

The council continues to work with Thieret on determining a job description. A clo .....
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ATV deaths on the farm

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

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Blue Jackets Bright Futures Program Announced

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

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Whitewater WMA gets new manager

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

For only the third time in its 80-year history, one of Minnesota’s most popular public hunting grounds has a new manager. In August, veteran DNR staffer Don Nelson took over management of the 27,000-acre Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) ..... 
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New equipment technology bolsters farm safety

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

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Harmony Veterinary Clinic acquires Cresco Veterinary Clinic

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

The doctors and staff at the Harmony Veterinary Clinic are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Cresco Veterinary Clinic in Cresco, Iowa. The Doctors and employees are very excited about this new venture and look forward to extending the same ..... 
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Kingsland Schools off to a smooth to start

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Education

A regular meeting of the Kingsland School Board was held on Monday, September 15 at the Kingsland District Conference Room. Board member Kristen Beck was absent. Chairperson Doug Plaehn called the meeting to order, followed by the Pledge of Allegi ..... 
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Joel F. Schrock

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Obituaries

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Laverne Albert Wendt

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014

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