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Preston approves 2010 preliminary budget and levy


Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman related some good news for the 2010 budget at the September 9 meeting of the Preston City Council. Health insurance rates for the coming year will only increase two percent instead of the 15 percent that was budgeted for earlier. The estimated savings for the city will be about $14,000.

Councilmen David Harrison and David Collett were concerned about a possible further unallotment near the end of this year. Harrison asked Hoffman if the city had sufficient reserves to endure a further unallotment. Harrison was questioning whether the city should set the levy where it was expected to be before they learned of the savings in health insurance in order to leave the city with a cushion in case of further state cuts in funding. Hoffman responded that reserves aren't meant to fill the void of unallotment every year. However, he felt confident the city would still be OK.

The council passed a resolution setting the preliminary levy for the city at $651,497. This would be a 3.13 percent increase and is the figure used by the county to determine next year's property taxes. This figure would take into account the unexpected low increase in health insurance. The levy number can be decreased on December 21 when the city approves the final levy, but cannot be increased.

The state requires cities to set a date, time and location for a presentation of the budget and levy and for a public comment and question session. The public comment meeting was set for Monday, December 21, 2009, 6:05 p.m. in the Preston City Council chambers.

Other Business In Brief

• Mike Odenbrett, 1101 Matthew Street SW, had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to operate a custom wood furniture shop in a detached garage on his property as a home occupation. City ordinances as of 2005 require a CUP. Planning and Zoning recommended approval after a public hearing on August 26 where there was no citizen comment.

Odenbrett said he has lived in Preston for about three years and the neighbors are all OK with the wood shop. The council approved the CUP. Hoffman noted Odenbrett may eventually have a full time occupation with the custom wood furniture shop. He said a CUP would not be necessary for hobby work.

• Council meetings will be moved from Monday to Tuesday, September 22, October 6, and October 20.

• A joint meeting with Preston Public Utilities commission to hear comments by City Attorney .....
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Harmony seeks lower increase than past years

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a preliminary budget and tax levy at their meeting on September 8. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a budget to the council with the preliminary tax levy set at $603,800. This is a 2.6 percent increase from ..... 
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A lively meeting for Whalan City Council

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Since Labor Day fell on Whalan's regular council day, the regular monthly meeting was held the following Tuesday, September 8.

Mayor Larry Johnson kept the meeting running at a professional pace through complaints that the park was not being ..... 
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Public Health guidelines for H1N1

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling and Health Educator Brenda Pohlman updated the Fillmore County Commissioners on the vaccine for H1N1 and overall preparedness for control of the influenza at their September 1 meeting. Serfling noted that the C ..... 
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New Fountain Sewage Treatment Plant Progressing

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill, McGhie and Betts engineering, reported progress on the sewer treatment plant is on schedule at the city's September 3 meeting. Most of the sewer pipe has already been installed. In the next couple of weeks all of the excavating in town ..... 
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Rushford Village special meeting

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Rushford Village held a special public meeting regarding outdoor/open burning on August 26, 2009.

Mayor Johnson welcomed the more than twenty citizens present and explained that the purpose of the meeting was to have an open disc ..... 
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Eagle Cliff bicyclists continue unsafe passage

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike McGrath addressed the Fillmore County Board about the continuing hazard along State Highway 16 for bicyclists traveling from Eagle Cliff Campground to the Whalan bridge at the board's August 25 meeting. At the last opportunity for citizens' inp ..... 
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Rushford City Council moves forward with City Center Project

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A presentation by the well-organized library board and its lead architect, Val Schute of River Architects, was the big event at the Monday, August 24, city council meeting. It was intended to ascertain the council's commitment in moving forward with ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses H1N1 flu and 800 mhz radios

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Issues involving radios and H1N1 flu consumed most of the city council meeting on Monday night.

John Dols of the Emergency Management Team briefed the council on a meeting he had gone to last week in Preston concerning the H1N1 flu. He repo ..... 
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