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Lanesboro works toward getting approval of levy


Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the meeting on September 7, the Lanesboro City Council approved the preliminary budget and tax levy for 2011. They approved a proposed levy of $442,720. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained this number, which is a seven percent increase from last year, is just a preliminary amount that the council will work to whittle down by December 15, when they need to approve the final levy.

Vickerman said they know the LGA (Local Government Aid) will be decreasing by four percent for sure. She said all departments are looking to make cuts, except the library, which is working to keep their budget the same after hiring a new director. She said the city employees are aware that there will probably be another wage freeze this year.

Council member Joe O'Connor agreed they should keep the levy high right now. "In order to give the state time to respond, we need to propose a higher levy at this point," he said.

Vickerman said the good news is that Lanesboro has a higher tax capacity this year, as many properties were recently completed. They also need to discuss the budget with the police, who are requesting an increase in their budget for next year.

Cell Phones

At the last meeting, Vickerman mentioned purchasing a cell phone plan for a city employee, and was going to look into the costs. She presented the council with Preston's employee cell phone policy as an example, and suggested the council give city employees a $25 stipend for cell phones. Preston currently has a policy that allocates $25 a month for cell phones and $50 a month for Smart Phones.

Vickerman said she and other employees are constantly contacting each other with their personal cell phones. Some of the employees use an old radio for contact, but those are left in the vehicle. Vickerman said she has had trouble getting a hold of James Peterson, as he does not want to carry his own cell phone.

Vickerman felt everyone who they feel is necessary to carry phones with them at all times should receive this stipend. She felt the city should come up with a wireless phone, Smart Phone policy, which would be added to the personnel policy. The council approved coming up with a policy and presenting it at the October meeting.

Diner Sign

Before the regular council meeting there was a public hearing for anyone with questions or concerns about a lit neon sign at the Spud Boy Diner. Val and Gordon Tindall have applied for a Condition .....
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Preston sees a challenging budget year and potential bond interest savings

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council discussed the 2011 budget challenges and the upside potential of significant interest savings through the refinancing of debt at their August 16 meeting. The weak economy's low interest rates have given the city an opportuni ..... 
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Lanesboro prepares for public hearing

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government



Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates came to a special joint meeting with the City Council and the Public Utilities Commission. The first item he discussed with them was refinancing two electric revenue bonds. They have a bond from 2001 and ..... 
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Chatfield debates budget

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

After a record short seven minute council meeting on August 23, the Committee of the Whole spent the greatest share of two hours discussing the 2011 budget. The big unknown for any city, or the counties, adding to the confusion, is the amount of sta ..... 
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Spring Valley council concerned about jeopardizing federal grant

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the first look of the proposed budget to Council on Monday night and the Preliminary Budget Comparison shows a decrease in many departments. Increases were shown in administration, going from $179,016.00 in 20 ..... 
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Disputing utility bills in Wykoff

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government



The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Al Williams and Cheryl D ..... 
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Referendum will be the hot topic

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore Central School Board chose three meeting dates for times to meet with residents in Preston, Harmony, and Fountain. These meetings will be a chance for residents of these towns to ask questions and discuss the upcoming referendum the dis ..... 
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Ropes addresses Rushford city council

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, August 23rd, council meeting began nearly 15 minutes late as council waited for the arrival of Mayor Chris Hallum and councilor Mark Honsey. City Administrator Windy Block was also notably absent. In familiar attendance was Senator Shar ..... 
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More belt tightening: is this the most responsible path?

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board finished scrutinizing each individual department's proposed budget for 2011 at their August 17 meeting, and the wisdom of continuing to tighten the belt in lieu of equipment replacement was a concern. Commissioners seemed t ..... 
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