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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 Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) order and any associated litigation regarding the Preston Ambulance Service license.

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann and city staff also recommended the adoption of the resolution agreeing to the revised order. Luhmann noted the conditions were pretty much the same as the EMSRB initially proposed. However, the language now provides for a "conditional license" where as before it provided for a state "stayed suspension" of the license.

The major difference is the city isn't waiving its right to a hearing leaving "due process" in place. Luhmann added that the agreement will be in place until the city petitions to have it removed, which can be done after 12 months from the date of the order. Councilman Charles Sparks commented that it appears this is the best agreement the city will get.

Dr. Robert Sauer

Council member Dr. Robert Sauer passed away on October 1. Mayor Kurt Reicks lamented, "He'll be missed."

Just a note from this reporter: I did not know Dr. Sauer other than through his words and deeds associated with the city council and his remarks and opinions expressed in the Commentary section of this paper. My sense is from these associations that he was a very caring, generous, and thoughtful man and he definitely will be missed.

Other Business In Brief

•The council authorized payment of $6,900, which is the city's share of the 2012 Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA) contract to provide safety coordination services for the city and the utility. Safety coordinator Mark Hottel works in 12 communities including Preston, and is in the city two days per month. Mandated safety training and record keeping is provided to keep in compliance with OSHA regulations. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said these trainings would be difficult to do without the aid of Hottel. The total contract is nearly $14,000, with the other half being the responsibility of the Preston Public Utilities.

•Pam Ristau was again engaged to do the city's audit for the year ending December 31, 2011, for the same fee as agreed to for 2010. The total for the city and the public utilities was $15,625, with the city's share .....
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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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Lanesboro moving forward on landscaping

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the regular meeting on October 3, the Lanesboro City Council approved Mensink Landscaping for the landscaping project. The DNR had previously found there was one quarry, in Houston, which carried the kind of limestone needed for the project. ..... 
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New business for County Airport

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

William Mensink was granted authorization to do business at the Fillmore County Airport at the County Board's September 27 meeting. The authorization is required by the state.

Mensink's business, "Slip Skid Aviation, LLC," will offer aircraf ..... 
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Rushford hockey rink/skate park gains momentum

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

Terri Benson, representing the Rushford Area Chamber of Commerce, presented the city with a request for the purchase of custom-built boards for the hockey rink that was temporarily constructed in the winter of 2010. The materials, which totalled ove ..... 
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Spring Valley to get Rescue Lift for ambulance

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, September 26 and dealt with several items on a rather thin agenda.

Members of the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Service will be seeing a new piece of equipment in two of their units. Approval was ..... 
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Routine business for Chatfield

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council at their September 26 meeting whisked through a light agenda. Councilors Dave Frank and Ken Jacobson were absent.

•A two-year agreement with the Joint Victim Liaison Program was approved between Fillmore Famil ..... 
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