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Lanesboro city council discusses budget woes


Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council got closer to deciding their 2009 budget cuts at their regular meeting February 2. Governor Pawlenty's proposed budget will mean a cut in Lanesboro's LGA (Local Government Aid) of $31,116 in 2009 and $61,000 in 2010.

Mayor Steve Rahn brought up several areas in the budget that can be cut, including $3,500 in the park department for a mower upgrade, $4,000 in part-time wages, and council members' salaries. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said they have discussed closing the city office one day a week and cutting back her and another employee's hours to 36 per week. There will be no overtime or comp-time unless pre-approved, and salaries will be frozen for the time being.

During the meeting, resident Robert Thompson spoke to the council about the budget. He questioned whether or not Lanesboro can afford to spend $75-80,000 on police protection. He said at one time the law said that cities with a population of under 800 could hire an uncertified police officer, and that Lanesboro should look into that option. He questioned the need for a full-time city administrator and a city attorney.

"These are things the city needs to look at to trim the budget," he said.

Butch Culbertson asked the council if they would be looking into some of these things and getting back to residents when they approach the council with ideas. Rahn said they would be looking at all of the ideas and talking about the options at the next few meetings.

Vickerman said she has talked with city employees about the cuts. She added that she does believe that Lanesboro needs a full-time administrator. "And I'm not saying that just because it's my job," she said. "I'm on maternity leave and I have been working here and at home while I'm supposed to be gone."

Council member Joe O'Connor mentioned a few other things to look at, such as having the city employees water all of the flowers downtown in the summer, or only sweeping the streets every other week, and reducing mowing frequency.

The possibility of Lanesboro getting a sales tax was brought up by council member Ceil Anderson. Tom Dybing agreed that the option should be looked at, since everything is on the table again. He added that a one percent sales tax would only cover what the city is losing, and it would give people a chance to help out the city.

"It doesn't hurt to ask Ropes to carry the bill," he said. "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."[Read the Rest]

Preston looking to cut $30,000 more

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered options to the city council on how to re-budget for 2009 at their February 2 meeting. Hoffman noted that the expected cuts of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state for this year creates an unusual situation ..... 
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Recession increases demand for Social Services

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd gave some ballooning and troubling statistics of increased demand for services due to the depressed economy at the board's February 3 meeting. Food stamp cases went from 322 in January 2008, to 399 in De ..... 
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County amends Computer Replacement Policy

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at their January 27 meeting. In accordance with their ongoing effort to rein in costs where possible an amendment to the computer replacement policy was amended to read "as needed," removing wording for a ..... 
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Rushford hires fundraising firm for library project

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Minus one-member, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously last Monday, January 26, to enter into a contract with Winona-based consultants, Crescendo-LLP, to "manage and direct" a capital campaign designed to raise $1.2-million for con ..... 
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Preston concerned over expected LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the city council as to expected Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts from the state at the January 20 meeting. He said that more will be known when the Governor Pawlenty's budget is released on January 27.

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Lanesboro City Council looks at budget scenarios

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

The main issue on the agenda was the budget when the Lanesboro City Council met on January 20. Administrator Bobbie Vickerman came up with some budget scenarios for the council to consider.

According to Vickerman, Governor Pawlenty will pres ..... 
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County Board looking for reform in government

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
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Another list of housekeeping items dominated the second county board meeting of the new year on January 13. An informal discussion among the commissioners gave glimpses of possible reforms and planning to further control costs and to better work wit ..... 
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Board of Adjustment approves Flynn variance

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment approved two variances applied for by Steve and Denise Flynn, Carrolton Township, at their January 15 meeting. Last summer the board had denied variance applications from the couple to build a permanent dwelli ..... 
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