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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 reduce the electric rate increase at the council's October 11 meeting. City Clerk Joel Young said Albert Lea intends to take the lead in challenging the rate increase.

The proposed rate increase would cost the city government of Chatfield about $18,000 more per year. It would be a significant increase for city residents and businesses. The resolution points to the loss of state aid over the last several years and the increases that have occurred in property taxes to help cover the losses to enable the city to cover basic city services. The intent is to call on the MPUC to keep the increase to a minimum and to ask that any increase be phased in over several years especially during this extended economic downturn. Young said it is not a good time for a rate increase.

The resolution will be sent to the MPUC and to the Office of Administrative Hearings, both in St. Paul. The council approved sending some members to attend a meeting on October 27 at the Albert Lea City Center where the challenge to Alliant Energy will be discussed. They agreed to wait until after this meeting to decide whether or not to contribute money to Albert Lea's legal effort. Albert Lea had suggested a contribution of $500 to $1,000 from Chatfield toward the legal effort. Councilor Ken Jacobson said he was not in favor of contributing any money which could obligate them to contribute more. Councilor Ginny Engle felt they should attend the meeting before deciding whether or not to get involved with a monetary contribution.

City Attorney Fred Suhler said the MPUC has jurisdiction in rate cases. He suggested that the process can take months and that the energy provider will usually get at least part of what they are requesting. Acting Mayor Paul Novotny argued if no one speaks against the increase there will be a pretty good chance that it will go through.

Suhler said the test is whether or not the energy provider is entitled to the increase to keep their business operating at a certain level. There is a theoretical rate of return that a utility requires for an investment in the future. He doubted whether the suggested contribution of $500 to $1,000 would be all the city would be asked to contribute to cover legal .....
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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
Posted in Government

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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Tim Penny's visit with Lanesboro about SMIF

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Government



There was a public hearing before the regular council meeting in Lanesboro on October 4. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain to the audience and answer any questions about the proposed tax abatement.

Bubany sa ..... 
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