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County approves next step toward redesign


Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county board approved a conditional participation in a feasibility study for the Southeast Minnesota Regional Redesign project for human services delivery at their October 11 meeting. If all 12 southeast counties agree to participate, the redesign planning will cost Fillmore County $10,440. At the time of the vote five of the 12 counties had given the go ahead, including Dodge, Houston, Mower, Rice, and Wabasha.

Commissioner Duane Bakke amended the original motion to include a condition that Fillmore County will revisit their decision if the number of counties agreeing to participate is less than 12. Even with the added condition the original motion prevailed with just a three to two vote with Bakke and Marc Prestby voting no.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said the cost, which will come out of the social services budget for the study, is a wise investment of tax dollars to see if the model will work. Bakke was concerned that only five counties that they were aware of have taken action to move forward with the study. He added that we are in if the others are in. There seemed to be some confusion, as it was expected to be a two- step process to opt in. The information available to the board seemed to only count counties that had taken the second step.

At a September 3 meeting, the board unanimously agreed to opt in for participation in the feasibility study with the expectation of a $10,440 obligation, which they believed to be the first step. At that time it was understood that their decision was dependent on the participation of the other counties. If less than all 12 counties agree to participate, the total cost for each of the participating counties will increase. The Bush Foundation has agreed to contribute about half of the total cost.

The feasibility study is necessary to see if the proposed cooperative model will work and answer questions about the design of the cooperative model. A fiscal plan is to be developed along with a fiscal analysis. The intention of the cooperative redesign is to provide better outcomes, to use limited resources more efficiently and effectively, to deliver human services in a more integrated system across the region, and to use technology to help achieve these goals.

The new supervisor for the county's income maintenance unit, Deb Ristau, described the practice of case banking/process management which is now in place in the social services department. Each financial worker completes .....
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Meet the Rushford candidates

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce is offering the community of Rushford an opportunity meet the Rushford City candidates and hear what they have to say on pertinent issues. The public is invited to Rushford-Peterson High School Theatre on Sunday ..... 
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Harmony discusses 2012 budget

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the preliminary budget for 2012 at their regular meeting October 11. The final budget and levy must be decided at their December meeting.

City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with a tax com ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, Oct. 17, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 17, Kingsland School Board, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 17, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

• Tu ..... 
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Rushford accepts levee project bid

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

"I'm happy to say, we're at a point where we can start construction," declared Art Kalmes, senior civil engineer for Barr Engineering, one of three firms assisting with the levee reconstruction and recertification.

Fourteen construction firm ..... 
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Preston agrees to revised EMSRB order

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the October 3 Preston City Council meeting, a negotiated Stipulation and Consent Order was agreed to as recommended by attorney Peter Regnier. Regnier was appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities to advise the city in its response to the Emerg ..... 
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Property taxes and the homestead exclusion

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Much of the Fillmore County Board's October 4 meeting was consumed with a presentation and discussion concerning the repeal of the Market Value Credit and the initiation of the Market Value Exclusion program. The program changes were made in the 201 ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The September 20, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Oct. 10, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 10, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Oct. 10, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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