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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 said the projects that the abatement will be paying for are the Community Center project and the lighting on Highways 250 and 16. He explained that the city cannot go to the bank and get a loan like everyone else; They must get legal authority to issue bonds. The total cost of the bonds is $420,000.

The tax abatement law states they must identify enough parcels of land in the city to generate enough money over the next five years to pay for the project. He explained they picked some parcels that could benefit from the lighting project by choosing single-family properties along those roads.

Bubany explained that on paper those people have no difference in their taxes, and their taxes go to make the payments. Everyone else in the city would make up for their taxes. But what really will happen is that the levy would be spread across the entire city. The people whose parcels were singled out will not have their taxes increase any more than anyone else's.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that there will be a bond from 1993 coming off this year, so this new one will just be taking over. There will be no differences in property taxes because of this.

Resident John Levell expressed concern that he was not made aware of what the abatement was being used for. Bubany stated the money will be used for those two projects only.

Bubany also explained that he felt the city should pay to get a rating this time, even though they have never done so before. He said cities used to be assigned a credit rating, and it was very important. Later, when the internet came about, it became less important. There is an up-front cost of $4,300 to get a rating, but Bubany felt that the interest savings would be worth the cost.

The council passed the resolution to adopt the tax abatement to pay for the projects. They also approved a bond sale date of November 8.

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Former Minnesota congressman, and president of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Tim Penny was at the meeting to inform the council of what the Foundation has done for this area. They support economic growth by helping businesses in many different ways. [Read the Rest]

CRV minutes

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The September 7th, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland (8:14 p.m. following ambulance duty), Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinso ..... 
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CRV Minutes

Wed, Oct 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The August 3, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Ad ..... 
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Rushford waiting on FEMA funding

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the Monday, September 27th council meeting may have been shorter than usual, there was certainly no lack of pressing topics.

Persistent FEMA issues continue to plague the forward-minded city. Out-going administrator Windy Block notifie ..... 
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Chatfield gets water quality award

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers presented a Water Fluoridation Quality Award for 2009 at the September 27 meeting. The Minnesota Department of Health named the city deserving of the award from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention ..... 
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Industrial Park still a concern for Spring Valley

Fri, Oct 1st, 2010
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The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday night and dealt with a couple of issues. City Administrator Deb Zimmer had received a request from Brian and Jennifer Niemeyer of 800 S. Washington Ave. requesting the council v ..... 
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Promotion to police sergeant for Preston

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz recommended the city council create a police sergeant position at their September 17 meeting. He explained it would be valuable to have someone with the authority to act in a supervisory role when he is not available or on ..... 
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Rushford administrator resigns

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city council called an emergency meeting Saturday, September 18th, at 9:00 am, in regards to the resignation of City Administrator Windy Block and in order to create a transition plan. Block resigned Friday, the 17th, but his resignation will no ..... 
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Lanesboro holds special meeting for bid approval

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Government

A special meeting of the Lanesboro City Council was called for September 21, in order to approve a couple of important items.

First, the council looked over the bids received for the Community Center project. They approved the low bid from ..... 
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