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Lanesboro discusses public utility increases


Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates visited the Lanesboro City Council during their joint meeting with the Public Utilities Commission on March 8. Bubany had his spreadsheets ready for the city's budget, and discussed the plans for Capital Outlay for the next few years. The council was able to see the effect these projects had on tax rates, cash flow, the budget, and utility payments in the future. They were also able to figure in the proposed LGA (Local Government Aid) cuts the city is looking at.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said the state has projected a cut of $51,000 for 2010, and an additional $40,000 in 2011.

Bubany explained his data input screen was driven by assumptions. It is not known for certain what the cuts will be, or how much the Capital Outlay projects will cost. The numbers he used were based on a $150,000 house that increases in value three percent every year, and uses 5,000 gallons of water per month.

Bubany checked on how much the utility bills would increase if the city just left everything the way it is and paid for what they have. Things would increase over time, but would stay below the three percent inflation rate. When he put in the numbers for the LGA cuts and started adding projects, tax rates and bills increased more. He also figured in what would happen to the tax rate if the city levied for all of the money they are losing instead of making cuts in the budget. The tax rate went up as expected.

Bubany said the city needs to make permanent cuts, not cuts that are only for the next year or two.

Vickerman asked him about replacing the hydro and dam, without any assistance, at a cost of $1.2 million. He assumed a USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Loan for 40 years around four percent. This raised the utility rates significantly. Bubany also plugged in the planned project for 2013, which is Auburn and Zenith streets. They also figured in $150,000 for the Community Center project that needs to be done as soon as possible. There is also the possibility of a wastewater treatment plant renovation in 2016 that the council guessed could cost around $1.5 million.

"In anticipation of these projects, the rates should be raised accordingly," said Bubany. "That way there's not such a huge jump for residents."

Council member Joe O'Connor said he liked the idea of looking at this every year. "It helps when we are doing the budget," he said.

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Fifty years of public service

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Preston Township has enjoyed the dedication and public service of one of their own for a half century. Dave Wilson first served on the Preston Township Board of Supervisors in 1960 as their treasurer and held that position until 1975. At age 29, he ..... 
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Township Election Results

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

• Amherst: Voters - 10

Supervisor: Darrell Nelson - 10

Clerk: Keith Brown -10

• Arendahl: Voters - 12

Supervisor: Merwood Storhoff - 12

Clerk: Hugh F. Fendry II - 12

• Beaver: Voters - 16
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GAMC Deal

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Thomas Boyd and Gail Bunge, Social Services, updated the board on planned changes to General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and Income Maintenance Programs at the board's March 9 meeting. Chairman Duane Bakke was absent as he was attending a Nationa ..... 
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Spring Valley prepares for summer activities

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Summer must surely be near as the items on the city council agenda dealt with upcoming events that lend themselves to warm weather. Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley would like approval to organize outdoor concerts during the months of ..... 
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City of Rushford Village reviews FEMA projects

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The February 22, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:08 p.m. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson (7:26 pm), Dale Schwanke. Absent: Dennis Overland. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Oti ..... 
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Rushford City Council hears from trails and tourism

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

An informative presentation on the newly formed Trails and Tourism entity was a key element to the Monday, March 8th meeting. Led by volunteers Susan Hart and Vern Bunke, the presentation highlighted both the five-part goal of the unified entity and ..... 
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Sheriff's department adds emergency management

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board continued their redesign efforts at their March 2 meeting. The department head position, director of emergency management/veteran affairs, is no more. The board approved an agreement between the county and the Law Enforceme ..... 
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Snow removal hazards

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen said that because of the above average ..... 
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