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County highlights priorities for 2012 legislative session


Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Government

The county board at a January 17 meeting met with state Representatives Greg Davids and Jeanne Poppe and state Senators Jeremy Miller and Dan Sparks to outline the county's 2012 legislative priorities.

Commissioner Duane Bakke encouraged them to support the passage of the Association of Minnesota Counties Minnesota Accountable Government Innovation and Collaboration (MAGIC) Act (SF 1340). It overwhelmingly passed the senate last year but was held up in the House Ways and Means Committee. It would allow counties to operate under the Cooley Doctrine or take actions that are not prohibited by state or federal law. The counties could be more innovative. There would be an outcome-based waiver process.

Bakke explained the county has a lot of rural churches, and the state rules for Sewage Treatment Systems determine the total capacity of the church as if the church is in use each day. He suggested rural churches install water gauges to monitor use. With the current rules septic and drain field requirements are unnecessarily costly for the churches.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud added that the MAGIC Act will help southeast Minnesota in the redesign efforts for Community Services. The southeast region's counties are currently studying to see if it will be fiscally viable to share services. Amunrud maintained one of their goals is to 'not' create another layer of government. County Coordinator Karen Brown explained they are looking at ways to become more efficient and to continue to serve our clients. The counties want a chance to implement the southeastern model before any implementation of a state social services redesign.

Social Services

Social Services Manager Gail Bunge said they partner with the state in the administration of programs. Fillmore County has a large elderly population and there is a need for more services, in spite of less resources. Health care and long-term care for the elderly and disabled residents drives the cost in the Human Service System. The county is continually trying to improve efficiencies.

The county needs more flexibility as state funding is reduced or eliminated. A civilly committed sex offender at Moose Lake or St. Peter treatment facilities costs $317 per day. The county from which the offender was committed has been responsible for 10 percent. With the 2011 budget compromise that cost for the county has been raised to 25 percent, a significant cost shift from state to county.
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Government this week

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Government

• Monday, January 23, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, January 23, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, January 23, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City ..... 
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Rushford library talks continue

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Government

A joint meeting between the city council and the Rushford Public Library Board of Trustees took center stage Monday, January 9. Also in attendance, State Librarian and Director Nancy Walton, Southeastern Libraries Cooperating (SELCO) Executive Direc ..... 
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Spring Valley organizes for 2012

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday and approved several beginning of the year resolutions.

The Spring Valley Tribune was named the official newspaper. A resolution was passed naming the Security State Bank, Home ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Government

•Monday, Jan. 16, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 16 Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 16, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

• Tue ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses Dobie Days issues

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council meeting almost got out of hand on January 10 as Mayor Steve Donney had to put a stop to an argument among audience members regarding the Dobie Days celebration and the portion of 3rd Ave. SE owned by Corey Scrabeck.

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Chatfield Mayor defines priorities

Fri, Jan 13th, 2012
Posted in Government

Chatfield Mayor Don Hainlen briefly commented on the past year and the year to come at the Chatfield City Council's first meeting of the new year on January 9. Councilors Josh Thompson and Ken Jacobson were absent.

Hainlen noted the city has ..... 
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Preston approves three-year contract

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Government

During the Preston City Council's January 3 meeting, the council approved a three- year contract (2012- 2014) with the Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA). Councilwoman Kay Spangler, Councilman David Collett and Public Utilities Commissioner ..... 
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Lanesboro approves contract with Tri-County Electric

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved a 20-year contract with Tri-County Electric and Dairyland Power at their regular meeting on January 3.

Council member Joe O'Connor said the Public Utilities recommended the city go ahead with the contract ..... 
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