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Preston adopts final 2009 levy


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

No one from the general public took the opportunity to comment on the budget and the levy collectible in 2010 at the December 21 Preston City Council meeting.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman used pie charts to break down the city's expenses and revenues. Total expenses are budgeted for $1,754,776. The total levy which is 3.13 percent or $19,766 higher than 2008 will total $651,497, which is 43 percent of the city's source of revenue. The total state aid, including local government aid (LGA) and homestead market tax credit, is $484,980 or 33 percent of the city's revenue. The remaining sources of funding include, but are not limited to, the Lanesboro police contract, tourism, and reimbursements from the Preston Public Utility for their portion of salaries for city staff.

Hoffman noted Preston's property tax rates are slightly higher than average compared to other cities in the county. The budget and levy were adopted at the same levels as proposed in August.

Councilman David Collett asked Hoffman if the city could run into trouble in the spring (due to further expected cuts to state aid). Hoffman said it very well could be a problem and added the city has a "rainy day" fund that will help. The contingency fund is $40,000.

Habitat for Humanity

Councilman David Harrison reported that the Economic Development Authority (EDA) was approached about a habitat home in Preston. Hoffman noted local developers have developed most of the extra lots. Mayor Kurt Reicks asked if lots are usually donated or purchased. Hoffman commented that with a donated lot they would be more likely to get a habitat home.

There was some discussion about possible buildable lots around town. Reicks said maybe someone will be willing to donate some property.

Other Business In Brief

• A resolution was adopted to formalize a loan between the city's general fund and the fire fund. Hoffman noted a pumper truck purchase was approved in May of 2009. A total of $66,192.28 was paid out of the general fund to purchase the truck. The fire fund will pay the general fund back over a period of six years at the interest rate of 2 percent.

• The Joerg Law Office was the only law office to provide proposals for the 2010 city attorney. The council approved the Joerg Law Office as the city attorney for the coming year with an annual retainer of $13,440.

• Two proposals for the 2010 official newspaper were submitted .....
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County advances toward ARMER communications

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

After months of study and discussion, the county board unanimously passed a resolution at their December 22 meeting to have a participation plan developed for the migration into the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) public safety co ..... 
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Peterson approves bid-letting for sewer plant

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Eidenschink on December 9, 2009. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Randy Benson, and Bill Grindland. Absent: Jan Smaby, Lolly Melander. Michelle Vreise and Wayne S ..... 
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Burr Oak extension resolved

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council, on December 21, held a closed meeting lasting about three quarters of an hour to discuss litigation resulting from the contract made with Winona Mechanical for the Burr Oak Extension. Following the closed meeting, the cou ..... 
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Predicted cost of levee system improvements $1.1 million

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a final report at the Monday, December 14th, meeting the Rushford City Council was presented with a detailed list of procedures, and a corresponding price tag, for addressing levee system recertification. The predicted cost in making the levee co ..... 
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Spring Valley budget approved

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

There were no members of the public present as the Spring Valley City Council went about their business on Monday night. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Struzyk at 6:01 p.m. The odd time of 6:01 as compared to starting the meeting at the us ..... 
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Wykoff discusses delinquent utility bills

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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Chatfield freezes employee pay for 2010

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council approved the maintenance of pay for all city employees at 2009 levels for 2010 at their December 14 meeting. A resolution freezing wages was adopted effective January, 2010. Mayor Les Knutson was absent due to his recent i ..... 
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Pilot Mound Township meeting draws a crowd

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Following the detailed events of the November 9 Pilot Mound Township meeting that was covered in the November 23 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the next monthly meeting was sure to draw a crowd from Pilot Mound residents concerned with the con ..... 
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