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Lanesboro approves adding sales tax question to ballot


Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 2, the council approved adding a sales tax question to the ballot during the general election. The question would be whether or not residents would approve having a one-half percent sales tax added to purchases made in Lanesboro. This money would help pay for improvements to streets, utility structures, and municipal buildings.

The city has been pursuing getting a sales tax for many years now. They have been trying to get the question put on a ballot. The moratorium that prevented them from doing so has sunsetted, and has not been extended. City administrator Bobbie Vickerman said if the voters approved the sales tax, it would still have to go through legislature in the spring. She added it would be important to educate the public on what the sales tax means for them, and that the money would be used locally.

Sidewalk Replacement

The council had invited anyone whose property was affected by the upcoming sidewalk replacements to attend the meeting if they had any questions or concerns. Scott Dixon, who lives on Calhoun, was the only resident to attend the meeting. He asked about the time frame for the sidewalk project. Vickerman said they will be starting right after Buffalo Bill Days.

Dixon also asked when the money for the assessments was due, and Vickerman told him by November 30. She said the city had to have the assessments out by the end of October. Dixon also asked about trees on the boulevard and how some of their roots were affecting the quality of the sidewalks. City employee Andy Drake said they would look at that when they replaced the sidewalk and talk to him about it.

Vickerman said the city would be paying $6,811 up front for the project, plus $2-3,000 for property owners who will be making payments on their assessments. Vickerman said that many people are paying for their assessments up front, and some have paid already.

Ambulance Personnel Request

Ambulance director Vern Riddle said Lanesboro resident Hyatt King would like to become an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and volunteer for the ambulance crew. The only problem is that he lives in Dallas, Texas, for six months of the year. Ambulance bylaws require a volunteer to attend monthly meetings and training sessions. Riddle said the only way to get around this was to have him take the national test every two years instead of attending the refresher trainings.

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County to seek lower interest rate

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, discussed his analysis for potential interest savings on the county's 2003 capital improvement bonds for the remodeling and addition to the Fillmore County Courthouse at the board's August 3 meeting. Commissioner ..... 
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Wanted: ambulance director

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

For some time the city of Preston has been working on a policy manual for the ambulance service and a director job description. The council approved the ambulance director's job description and the advertisement to fill the position on a part time b ..... 
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Open seats for mayor and two council members in coming election

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met July 7, 2010. Mayor Donivee Johnson called the meeting to order. Others present included: Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. The minutes from the ..... 
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'Who let the dogs out' in Spring Valley?

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

We've all heard of the Dog Days of Summer and how the high temperatures might affect everyone. Well, it might be attributed to a seasonal thing but the big item of discussion at the Spring Valley City Council is that council members are getting dog- ..... 
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Chatfield hopes to extend bike trail

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Park and Recreation issues led the way during a brief July 26 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. Councilor Dave Frank said the Woman's Community Club wanted to donate two wooden park benches to be placed in Hendrick's Park at the corner of Hwy 7 ..... 
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County 2011 budget process begins

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Commissioners started hearing preliminary budgets from a few departments at their July 27 meeting. The preliminary 2011 levy is for about $8.3 million or an increase of 5.59 percent. This is just the beginning of the process to set the levy f ..... 
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Preston has OSHA violations

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

At the July 19 city council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman discussed the five violations the city received citations for during a recent surprise inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mayor Kurt Reicks was a ..... 
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Pancake breakfast raises over $1,000 for town hall repairs

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met June 7, 2010.

Present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson and David Rahn, Johnny Halverson and Lolly Melander.

• Meeting was called to order by Mayor Johnson at 5:00pm

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