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Spring Valley to join safety training group


Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday, November 28, 2016. Members in attendance were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Jeff Vehrenkamp and Bill Bires were absent. No visitors had signed up to address the council.

The council approved prior minutes and accounts payable, then discussed the audit proposal from Smith, Schafer & Associates. Zimmer summarized that the cost of the proposed audit will be $495 higher than last year, but “They do public utilities (audits) also, and it’s easier when it’s the same (auditor).” The council voted unanimously to accept the audit proposal.

Next, Zimmer discussed Resolution 2016-33, authorizing Spring Valley to join a new regional safety group. The resolution outlines that the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) has created an initiative to offer trainings to cities that form regional safety groups. She explained the LMC would pay for half the cost of such trainings. After some discussion of the pro’s and con’s, the council voted to accept the resolution.

The council then OK’d Resolution 2016-34, imposing special assessments for work ordered done. There were two parcels that the city mowed, and the costs to be assessed are $665 and $150. Next, the council approved a temporary liquor license for the Brave Community Theater, for their Valentine’s dinner theater.

Jenny Simon reported on happenings at the library, stating that new snow stoppers are being installed on the roof. She also told the council that the library received around $200 for the first payment related to the new “recycling” bin outside the library, which collects clothing and other household items. She said the first collection included 1,600 pounds of clothing and 185 pounds of miscellaneous items.

Troy Lange reported that the fire department had “a fairly quiet month” and is continuing with trainings. Deputy Tim Rasmussen reported “a busier month than the last couple,” and his report showed a total of 83 activities in October, including nine on October 30. The activities report showed a wide variety of issues, including theft, assisting the ambulance, several dog concerns, vehicle accidents, a missing person, domestic disturbances, and suspicious activity. Deputy Rasmussen reported there are no concerns with the three squad cars.

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Rushford attempts to gain Safe Routes to School grant

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The Monday, November 28 Rushford Council meeting was quick, but the council made headway of several standing items. These include a revised plan for a Safe Routes to School grant application. The city submitted an application in ..... 
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Chatfield takes out water revenue note

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

The Chatfield City Council approved a loan agreement with the Bank of Zumbrota for a $425,000 General Obligation Water Revenue Note to finance the city’s water meter project, which includes the replacement of water meters and meter reading equipme ..... 
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County saves on health insurance costs

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Government

County Coordinator Bobbie Vickerman identified savings, especially in health insurance, for the 2017 budget at the board’s November 22 meeting. The 2017 preliminary budget and levy was approved on September 27 showing an 8% increase, or $875,313 ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson council appointments were listed in error in the November 21, 2016 edition of the Fillmore County Journal. Councilor Dave Colbenson retains his position. Councilor-elect Chris Grindland is replacing Councilor Dick Lee. We apologize fo ..... 
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Kingsland snow day plan tested

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Kingsland School Board met November 21 in regular session, with all members present: Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard and Ann Oeltjen, along with Superintendent John McDonald. The board unanimously approved the con ..... 
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State Auditor releases 2015 Town Finances Report

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, November 15, 2016 – State Auditor Rebecca Otto today released the Minnesota Town Finances Report, a comprehensive report on revenues, expenditures and debt for Minnesota’s towns. The report analyzes town financial operations for the c ..... 
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Lanesboro re-elects school board members for another term

Mon, Nov 28th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Board Chairman Dave Ruen congratulated the Lanesboro School Board members on their re-election at the regular school board meeting on November 17. The minutes from the October 20 meeting were reviewed and approved along with the agenda for the cur ..... 
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Rushford sells city lot; hopes more sales to come

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

A swift, 30 minute Rushford Council meeting November 14 hit at just five agenda items ranging from standard fare to contracts and a land sale. A notification from the Minnesota Department of Health also garnered a significant portion of the meeting. ..... 
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