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Agreement reached with MN Dept. of Corrections


Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained an agreement at the board's June 22 meeting between the county and the state whereby selected state prisoners could be housed at the county jail solely for the purpose of working on the Sentence to Serve (STS) crew. He noted the agreement was discussed in the Jail Committee.

The state will pay Fillmore County $55 per day for each inmate. The inmate will be paid between $1 and $1.50 per hour for time worked which will be deducted from the per diem payments. The agreement through the state's Commission of Corrections, Institution Community Work Crew (ICWC) and the Fillmore County Law Enforcement Center allows the county to have adequate numbers on the STS crew. Jensen has been a consistent advocate of the STS program.

Jensen suggested the compensation from the state for one inmate would be about $20,000 annually. He says there should be a net revenue if they can keep prisoners here working.

STS crews work on community improvement projects including but not limited to parks and trails, road side clean up and clean up after storms and floods. The ICWC allows state inmates meeting specific criteria, including but not limited to the following: being within 18 months of release date, not considered a public risk, no criminal sexual conduct offenses, and no recent discipline violations, to participate in the program. Jensen said his office does have input on who they pick.

Jensen intends to take two state inmates soon. The numbers of inmates in the county jail have been down recently. He expects the compensation from the state to fund part of the cost of the STS program. Jensen feels this is a very positive program. The STS crew leader is a state employee.

Jensen had signed the agreement and the board approved the agreement contingent on a review by the county attorney.

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Enforcement Business

•Jensen said funds from Siren Grants are being paid to six cities including $12,000 each to Whalan, Canton and Peterson and $17,000 each to Rushford, City of Rushford Village, and Chatfield. Some of these cities had no siren and some improved their system. Whalan now has a siren which also serves as an alert system for Eagle Bluff Campground.

•Two Zoll Medical automated external defibrillators will be purchased at the low quote of $2,990 with grant money for that purpose. Jensen said personnel will be trained how to use the portable devices by ambulance crew .....
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City of Rushford Village regular council meeting

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

The June 1, 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 Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manio ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses banking options and Veteran's Cemetery

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

On June 21, the Lanesboro City Council and the Public Utilities Commission had a joint meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to talk to them about upcoming capital improvements and their effect on taxes and utility rates.

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Wykoff approves sewer rate increase

Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Betty Niemeyer, Jeremy Comstock, Cheryl Davis. Absent: Mike Holzer, Al Williams and ..... 
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Rushford looks for answers

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

Nearly 50 people packed the council meeting room Monday, June 14th until it was standing room only, and barely. After several additions, deletions, and rearranging of the scheduled agenda, the council proceeded on task, questioning developer Tom Ser ..... 
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Rushford looks for answers

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

Nearly 50 people packed the council meeting room Monday, June 14th until it was standing room only, and barely. After several additions, deletions, and rearranging of the scheduled agenda, the council proceeded on task, questioning developer Tom Ser ..... 
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No appeals to County Board

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

After the County Board members were swore in by Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter, County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the obligations of the board at the June 15 meeting of the County Board of Appeal and Equalization. She explained sales, valu ..... 
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Chatfield outdoor smoking ordinance goes back to committee

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

Councilors discussed feedback from citizens in relation to the proposed ordinance restricting smoking in certain outdoor areas at their June 14 meeting. Acting Mayor Paul Novotny said some people were taking issue with a ban prohibiting smoking in a ..... 
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City of Rushford Village regular council meeting

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

The June 1, 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 Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manio ..... 
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