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Fillmore-Houston boards approve grant agreement


Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



The June 2 meeting of the Fillmore County Board included a teleconference for the Fillmore-Houston Joint Board of Health. A resolution was once again passed for 2009-2010 to enter into a grant agreement for Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Grant with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

Fillmore Public Health Administrator Sharon Serfling will act as the fiscal agent and administer the grant which is expected to be as much as $20,000 and will be shared by both counties. Serfling noted it has been called the Safe Communities Grant in the past and has been in existence since 2004.

Brenda Pohlman says they work a partnership with the 4 E's (Law Enforcement, Engineering, EMS, and Education) to make improvements in road safety. She described the root causes of impairment as being excessive speed, lack of seat belt use, and alcohol. The goal of the partnership is to adjust behaviors to improve outcomes with regular safety checks, community education, and media out reach.

A traffic safety assessment measures 100 cars or those passing through in one hour. Seat belt use has improved as it was about 50% and is now up over 75%. The state average is 90%. Car seats have been checked for safety, as many as 400 in the past 5 years. Serfling added that there will be an effort with this grant to quantify what it is doing for the public.

Social Services

Thomas Boyd detailed a request from funeral directors to consider an increase for allowances for county paid burials. The rates haven't been changed since 1992. Boyd noted the county pays for an average of six burials per year.

In 2009 Governor Tim Pawlenty signed into law an amended version requiring the county board to pay for cremation, burial, and funerals when the person did not have sufficient funds for final disposition nor did the spouse. The law makes cremation first choice unless it is found not to be in accordance with decedent's faith or the preference of spouse or next of kin. Boyd said the county needs to develop a new policy to come into compliance with the law. He suggested they be up front that cremation will be the first choice as the new law takes place on July 1.

Commissioner Duane Bakke commented if the next of kin has a say in the decision, they could also be responsible for the cost. Boyd said they have been averaging about $1800 for a burial.

Commissioner Randy Dahl noted the subcommittee has propose .....
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Senator Ropes in Preston: We are all in this together

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL addressed the Preston City Council at their June 1 meeting. She discussed the recent legislative session and inquired as to how the city dealt with the loss of Local Government Aid (LGA) funds totaling ..... 
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Bunge seeks 'Conditional Use Permit' at Lanesboro City Council meeting

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council took a break from the usual at their last meeting on June 1. Street Superintendent Andy Drake took the group on a bus tour of the city's streets. He showed the conditions of some of the streets, and pointed out ..... 
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Ideas abound on tri-city tourism

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

At a Town Meeting Initiative this past March, the desire to enhance tourism in the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson were one of three principal ideas that developed. Now, community and business members, hoping to spur economic grow ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting May 5, 2009

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor, Gordon Johnson; Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke and Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

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'Junk Ordinance' revisited at Spring Valley City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

The first order of business to be tackled by the Spring Valley City Council at the May 27th meeting was another round at violations of the Junk Ordinance. Things have been relatively calm over the winter but now that the snow has cleared and the gra ..... 
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County employee health screening

Fri, May 29th, 2009
Posted in Government

Health Educator Brenda Pohlman informed the board at their May 26 meeting as to the results of the employee health screening. This is the third year participating employees have been screened for vision, hearing, flexibility, body mass index, blood ..... 
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Audit shows city status at Rushford City Council meeting

Fri, May 29th, 2009
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The May 26th meeting of the Rushford City Council commenced with a detailed start, courtesy of an audit report from Smith Schaefer & Associates, Ltd. Tom Wente documented the findings.

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Preston looking at community gardens

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



Councilman Jon Haugan encouraged the establishment of community garden plots at the city's May 18 meeting. He explained the gardens could be helpful for people that lack their own space for a garden during this time of economic woes. Haugan ..... 
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