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Spring Valley budget cuts?


Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expenditures and said that, "We might need to cut further, possibly 90 to 182 thousand dollars."

When the final figure comes out of St. Paul, the City will determine how much needs to be cut and right now the budget appears to be quite tight. There are some areas where the initial budget figure was low, such as fees for a new City Attorney. The original amount was $31,000 and Zimmer says that will be low. The Fire Department has been looking at installing new garage doors and that cost was estimated to be $20,000, which Zimmer says might need to be put on the back burner. Another place that could be trimmed would be postponing $20,000 for new sidewalks. Again, Administrator Zimmer says, "we won't know until after July 1st."

Zimmer briefed the Council on the recent cleanup of three properties in Spring Valley. The Lyle Grabau residence at 301 Center Ave was cleaned up and costs will be assessed the property owner.

The Schmoll residence at 421 was the subject of debate at the last meeting. It was the question of the number of vehicles and whether or not they were licensed and in running condition. At that meeting on May 27th the Council approved a resolution "to order Schmoll to drive his vehicles to City Hall to prove they are in running order to show compliance with the Junk Ordinance." Apparently the Council changed their mind because now Administrator Zimmer said, "we'll just have Kevin (Beck) go over there and see if they run."

The cost of demolishing the First Baptist Church came under discussion at the meeting. Zimmer noted that bids were received from two companies to demolish the church, demo out the basement block, haul it out and truck in fill. T.D. Fetterly Building Company submitted a bid of $20,600 and O'Connell Excavating and Plumbing bid $27,600. The work was awarded to the low bidder, T. D. Fetterly Building Company.

Harmony City Council speaks with Ropes

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council was able to speak to Senator Sharon Ropes during their regular meeting on June 9. They asked questions and got some information about the state's budget and the status of the city's LGA (Local Government Aid).

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Rushford City Council receives levee recertification update

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a lengthy, occasionally vague presentation, the council heard an initial report by URS Corporation and American Engineering Testing at the Monday, June 8th meeting. The presentation detailed the current analysis of the flood protection system, as ..... 
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Chatfield, Preston and Ostrander receive grants

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Develpment Corporation (SEMDC), in partnership with Semcac awarded a $474,200 in Small Cities Development Program Grant. The grant will assist the following communities: Ostrander, Preston, and Chatfield to help pay for improv ..... 
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Cash for Clunkers passes House

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Congressman Tim Walz voted to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and help reduce harmful carbon emissions from vehicles.

H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009, also known as "Cash ..... 
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Fillmore-Houston boards approve grant agreement

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
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The June 2 meeting of the Fillmore County Board included a teleconference for the Fillmore-Houston Joint Board of Health. A resolution was once again passed for 2009-2010 to enter into a grant agreement for Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Gran ..... 
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Senator Ropes in Preston: We are all in this together

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL addressed the Preston City Council at their June 1 meeting. She discussed the recent legislative session and inquired as to how the city dealt with the loss of Local Government Aid (LGA) funds totaling ..... 
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Bunge seeks 'Conditional Use Permit' at Lanesboro City Council meeting

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council took a break from the usual at their last meeting on June 1. Street Superintendent Andy Drake took the group on a bus tour of the city's streets. He showed the conditions of some of the streets, and pointed out ..... 
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Ideas abound on tri-city tourism

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

At a Town Meeting Initiative this past March, the desire to enhance tourism in the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson were one of three principal ideas that developed. Now, community and business members, hoping to spur economic grow ..... 
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