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Overview of ARMER grants


Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Judy Indrelie, Special Grants Coordinator, with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, reviewed the grant process for the Regional Radio Board (RRB) at the Fillmore County Board's October 12 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase sits on the RRB.

The Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) grants are federal money first applied for by the state. The state offers the funds to the regions or local governments which have applied for the grants. Grants must be applied for in order to receive them. Some of the grants require a county match, others do not. The total dollars available to Fillmore County now are $174,280.60, which will require a county match of $20,095.28. Sheriff Daryl Jensen said, "If we want to take advantage of grants, it is time to move." If the grant money isn't spent down by a certain date, the money spent won't be reimbursed. Jensen expects the grant figure available to Fillmore County could climb to $250,000. He suggested there is a benefit to sitting back and waiting, saying the county should be able to tap all of these funds.

The county can purchase portable/mobile radios and control stations and participate in training programs for operation of the new equipment with the grant monies. Each grant is targeted for specific uses. Jensen explained that all of the RRB member counties are at different points in the changing of their emergency communication systems which makes it hard to coordinate training.

Indrelie explained that it is important to keep track of the serial numbers of the radios purchased with grant money. She warned the commissioners that they can't levy for purchases and later use grants to reimburse or supplant the expenditure. County Coordinator Karen Brown stated the county has not specifically levied for radios.

The board adopted a resolution to accept a grant from the Carl and Verna Schmidt Foundation in the amount of $3,500. Jensen said the funds will be used to replace and improve failing equipment in the child interview room used in child protection cases. The sheriff's department had applied for $5,717.81.

Sheriff Jensen requested authority to increase the number in the pool of part-time employees for his office. He explained most part-time deputies have full-time positions elsewhere. This works well as they can train together. However, a larger pool is necessary so someone can be available when there is a need. He said part time employees are not scheduled, but their ran .....
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Chatfield joins challenge to Alliant Energy rate increase

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city of Albert Lea has reached out to other cities which will be affected by Alliant Energy's proposed 22 percent rate increase. The council voted to adopt a resolution calling for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to reject or re ..... 
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Frustration grows between Rushford and Hypersonic

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the Tuesday, October 12th, council meeting had two public hearings on the agenda, a string of comments from Rushford Hypersonic CEO Dan Fox garnered a majority of the attention prior to both hearings and any general business.

During th ..... 
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Harmony City Council votes down pay increase

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Harmony Fire Chief Bill Hanlon was at the Harmony City Council meeting on October 12 to discuss bids for the new fire truck.

Hanlon explained they received four bids in all. The bid from Rosenbauer was the lowest at $283,648. The next lowest ..... 
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Spring Valley halts payments to contractor

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council continues to have issues surrounding the Industrial Park Project. It seems as though every meeting is an open forum for holding back payment to the contractor, Mr. Steve Jech of Jech Excavating, Inc. of Elgin, Minnesot ..... 
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This bridge is a link to where?

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

It is interesting that the construction work on the State Trail from Preston to where? is underway. This shiny new bridge along River Road on the edge of Preston is the beginning of a state trail that many hope will eventually find its way to Forest ..... 
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Canton City Council approves two liquor licenses

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

September Meeting

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on September 1 with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Lolly Melander, Jon Nordsving, and Barb Kerns. Ross Duckett was absent. Sh ..... 
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SE Minnesota ramps up redesign of human services

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
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Community Services Administrator Tom Boyd reviewed a presentation given a little over a week ago at an Association of Minnesota Counties Health and Human Services policy committee meeting held in Rochester. He related to the Fillmore County board on ..... 
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Preston refinances bond

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, came prepared with a proposal to refinance three bonds (1998, 2003, and 2005) totaling $1,460,000 at the city council's October 4 meeting. After refinancing expenses, the city will save about $130,000 in redu ..... 
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