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Spring Valley's board of review


Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and opened the Board of Review at 5:30. The Board of Review gives property owners an opportunity to appear and voice their pleasure/displeasure with their property evaluations. As usual, the crowd was small. In fact, there wasn't anyone that appeared before the Board. After waiting the required half hour, the hearing was closed and the regular city council meeting was opened.

The visitor's section of the agenda attracted two people. Bennie Helgeson of rural Spring Valley who protested the idea of the city establishing a camp ground on the city farm property was present. Helgeson said that he was concerned about the property being a maintenance nightmare resulting from extra trash, vandalism and noise. He lives one mile east of the proposed campground. Mayor Struzyk said that the facility would not have electricity, water or sewer and that it would be intended for one or two days camping in RV's. Mitch Lentz echoed Helgeson's complaint but spoke positively of all parties working together and being "good neighbors."

The city audit for 2009 was presented by Tom Wente of Smith Schafer and Associates, Ltd. In the summary Wente told the council that the general fund reserves equal 109 percent of the annual general fund expenditures. The capital improvement fund balance of $465,172 and reserve fund balance of $228,737 are available for future capital needs. The LGA and market value credit provided $962,024 while property taxes provided $758,106 in 2009 revenues. The summary stated that all debt service funds are being adequately funded and all outstanding bonds are being paid on a timely basis. The 2009A Utility Revenue Bond is issued for $1,000,000 and it will be repaid with funds received through the SMMPA Quick Start Agreement and that the revenues in the city's five utilities are generally keeping pace with rising operating expenses.

The council acknowledged the retirement notice from Leonard Leutink as city maintenance superintendent effective May 21st. Leonard received thanks for a job well done from everyone and he hinted that this doesn't mean that he will not be helping the city in some form in the future.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer said that the City Wide Cleanup will be held again this year on the 8th of May. The time will be shortened to three hours rather than four and no tires will be accepted this year. The reason for some of the cutbacks is that waste managemen .....
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County fears another cost shift

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Once again Fillmore County Commissioners expressed concern over rumored legislative cost shifts which would put added pressure on county property taxes. Tom Boyd, Community Services, at the board's April 6 meeting explained that if the cost shift pa ..... 
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Rushford Village entertains questions on prospective campground

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 23, 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 Ma ..... 
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Ropes visits Fountain council

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Present: Mayor, Richard Kujath, Council Persons: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Chad Wangen. Clerk: Stan Speer, Asst. Clerk: Sharon Speer. Police Chief: Tom Mosher. City Maintenance: Herman Freese. City Contracted Engineer: Dave Morril ..... 
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Preston approves lease for temporary National Trout Learning Center

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the April 5 Preston City Council meeting an EDA request to sign a two-year lease agreement for the old Buying Time building at 120 St. Anthony Street was approved. The building will provide a temporary site for the National Trout Learning Center. ..... 
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National County Government month

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Karen Brown, Fillmore County Coordinator, announces that Fillmore County will participate in activities to promote April as National County Government Month. The theme this year is "Healthy Counties." There will be a series of articles related to He ..... 
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Wykoff's downtown tree replacement plan

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 8, 2010, at 6:30 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Mike Holzer, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Jeremy Comstock, Cheryl Davis, Al ..... 
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Rushford holds public hearing for new library

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

In a special public hearing, Monday, March 29th, the council unanimously voted to pass a resolution that gives preliminary approval for USDA loan authorization in regards to a new, shared library and city hall facility. While the measure does not ob ..... 
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Library Board Chairman Dan Munson response speech for new library

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Government

Thank you, Councilors and Mr. Mayor. We've addressed this council before, with lots of fie charts and graphs and pages full of numbers. When Susan Hart and I spoke earlier about what we should talk about today, I thought it might be a good idea to ta ..... 
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