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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget


Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

So tough that City Administrator Deb Zimmer announced that the Council will begin working on next year's budget in July. Zimmer said, "It won't be easy and we are really going to have to look long and hard in balancing the budget."

Where did the final numbers come from to balance this year's budget? The EDA Fund Transfer from the General Fund originally was $40,000 and that was changed to $20,000.

The Park Fund Transfer from the General Fund was $140,289 and that was changed to $126,289, which is the Park's operating fund.

There will be a separate transfer of $155,900 for the wading pool, which remains the same.

Sidewalk construction in the General Fund Account was $20,000 and that was reduced to zero.

The planting of new trees totaling $5,000 was eliminated.

In addition to these cuts, the department heads are still being asked to make only necessary purchases.

Under a requirement of law, the members of the EDA must be paid a salary. For the last several years they have been receiving $25 per meeting. They have requested this be reduced to $1.00 per meeting to be paid once a year.

Council also approved payment number six to Road Constructors for the 2008 improvement in SW Spring Valley. The amount was $75,930.

Payment was also made for the Wading Pool Project in the amount of $17,005.

In Department Head reports, Leonard Leutink briefed the Council on the work that 8 men from the Work Force Center have been doing on the flood plain in the City Farm. They are doing a good job clearing the trees in the flood plain and will be around town until August 31st.

Fire Chief Troy Lange reported that it has been a rather slow month with only 2 fire calls.

Permission was given to the Chamber to hold the annual fire works display, street dance, soapbox derby and parade in the same locations as last year.

Ropes speaks and listens in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL continued a trip around her district addressing the Chatfield City Council at their June 22 meeting. She stressed that we all need to get through this together in part by keeping in touch as much as possible.< ..... 
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Grant approved for Preston, Chatfield and Ostrander

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their June 10 meeting that the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant was approved in the amount of $474,200. He reminded them that the state/federal grant was applied for la ..... 
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County signaling level budget for 2010

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown asked the board's direction to department heads in planning the 2010 budget at the June 9 meeting. She wanted to be able to give department heads notice as to limits on salary and wage increases. Brown warned that a po ..... 
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Spring Valley budget cuts?

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expendi ..... 
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Harmony City Council speaks with Ropes

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council was able to speak to Senator Sharon Ropes during their regular meeting on June 9. They asked questions and got some information about the state's budget and the status of the city's LGA (Local Government Aid).

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Rushford City Council receives levee recertification update

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a lengthy, occasionally vague presentation, the council heard an initial report by URS Corporation and American Engineering Testing at the Monday, June 8th meeting. The presentation detailed the current analysis of the flood protection system, as ..... 
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Chatfield, Preston and Ostrander receive grants

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Develpment Corporation (SEMDC), in partnership with Semcac awarded a $474,200 in Small Cities Development Program Grant. The grant will assist the following communities: Ostrander, Preston, and Chatfield to help pay for improv ..... 
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Cash for Clunkers passes House

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Congressman Tim Walz voted to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and help reduce harmful carbon emissions from vehicles.

H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009, also known as "Cash ..... 
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