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Impacts of state shutdown discussed


Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

County Coordinator Karen Brown updated the impact of the state government shutdown at the Fillmore County Board's July 12 meeting. Many departments are having only a minimal impact due to the judgements of the court, which has deemed many services to be essential core functions.

There may be some delay with criminal traffic cases and child support cases. County Program Aid payments could be delayed. Peer Breastfeeding grants are discontinued.

Most social services continue. However, no payments are being made for child care assistance. The Social Service Department has had to service a large increase in phone calls especially with the loss of child care assistance. There is no emergency money to prevent evictions or utility shutoffs. Other services not available include "Workforce Centers, investigations of maltreatment of vulnerable populations, adoption approvals, services for the deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing; and Senior and Disability Linkage lines."

Commissioner Duane Bakke said no construction will be done on bridges that have been bid, which haven't received state approval until there is an agreement or the function is deemed essential.

Since the shutdown, Commissioner Randy Dahl noted Fitch Rating has downgraded the state's debt which will make it more expensive to borrow money. He said Minnesota has become an example of dysfunctional government.

Association of Minnesota Counties

Bakke discussed AMC's July 11 online meeting. Visit the AMC website to get more information from the perspective of the counties on the shutdown. You can listen to the online meeting discussing the shutdown and the future of Minnesota at the website.

AMC insists the budgeting problem is not just a two-year problem. Short-term shifts and other budget gimmicks are not dealing with the problem. AMC wants the state government to deal with the long term problem.

Just a few facts for us to think about that demonstrate the longterm problem. Over the next 20 years the population of seniors will grow 90 percent. The total population is projected to grow 18 percent over the same period. Inflation over the last 8 years has been significant: food up 23 percent, senior care up 38 percent, medical care up 36 percent, and gasoline up 108 percent. Health services and long term care make up a big part of the state budget.

With the 2011 tax bill, it is estimated there wi .....
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Chatfield to start video inspection of city sewer lines

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Superintendent Darryl Haner discussed the Public Works Committee recommendation to start building a video library of the city's sanitary sewer system during the city council ..... 
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Library talks continue for Rushford

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

kzoellner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The library board recently met with Mayor Chris Hallum, councilor Mark Honsey, and City Administrator Steve Sarvi to hammer out some lingering questions and options for a proposed new library. The ad hoc co ..... 
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How to contact your legislators

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Yvonne Prettner Solon

Email from web site at

www.mn.gov/governor

Toll Free: 800-657-3717

Mailing Address:

Office of the Governor

130 State Capitol

75 Rev. ..... 
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Preston approves sidewalk project and street sealcoating

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

Public Works Director Bill Cox described the proposed sidewalk improvement at 216 Preston Street NW at a public hearing during the city council's July 5 meeting. The repair of the sidewalk and retaining wall along the Mike and Sandy Schmidt property ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses fire billing

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

At the beginning of the Harmony City Council meeting on July 12, the council was able to see the new fire truck in person. Chris Skaalen and Rod Johnson from the fire department were also present. Skaalen thanked the city for their support in gettin ..... 
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Monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

Submitted by Rhonda Klapperich, City Clerk/Treasurer

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn. Darren (DJ) Start was absent.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert a ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The June 21, 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 Admin ..... 
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State shutdown impacts felt locally

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The Fillmore County Board's July 5 meeting was dominated by Highway Department issues to be found in a separate article. More immediate concerns which are out of the board's control are the effects of the st ..... 
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