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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 Director Ann Hutton, and SELCO Assistant Director Michael Scott. The gathering was aimed at discussing public library governance and rules and regulations regarding public service.

"I'm here to talk about what statutes say about how libraries are governed," began Walton. "Particularly Chapter 134.11, subdivion two. It reads: 'The library board shall have exclusive control of the expenditure of all money collected for or placed to the credit of the library fund, of interest earned on all money collected for or placed to the credit of the library fund, of the construction of library buildings, and of the grounds, rooms, and buildings provided for library purposes. All money received for the library shall be paid into the city or county treasury, credited to the library fund, kept separate from other money of the city or county, and paid out only upon approval by the board. With the approval of the council or board of county commissioners, the library board may purchase grounds and erect a library building thereon.'

"The issue here is a tug and pull. The city has levy authority. The library does not. Funds gathered are put into the Library Fund. They're responsible for the funds," she continued. "I think it would be helpful to hear what has happened, chronologically. I'm hearing different things and I need to understand how the pieces fit together. Bypassing the board is contrary to statutes. It's the city's treasury, but it's allocated to the board and the board is fully out of the loop. I'm trying to be very neutral and get the conversation going."

Susan Hart, Rushford Public Library Director, presented a summation of the board's activities over the last decade, including space assessment studies, cooperative efforts with architectural firms, possible relocation sites that were considered, pros and cons of refurbishment of facilities, and why city hall and the library exist in one facility.

Hart also touched on the major expense and inconvenience refurbishment of the existing facility. Detailed studies indicated that the south wall of the building would need substantial work. The building itself, based on square footage needed, would need to expand 60 feet west into Veterans Memorial P .....
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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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Government this week

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Government

• Monday, Jan. 9, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 9, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Jan. 9, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:00 p ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Dec. 6 Minutes

Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The December 6, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. with Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zon ..... 
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