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County Board holds annual meeting


Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Prestby, and the newly elected commissioner, Thomas Kaase. Amunrud was elected by the board as Chairman and Duane Bakke as Vice-chairman.

Kaase thanked the citizens of the first district for the opportunity and privilege of serving and also his wife and son for their support. He added that the county is faced with tough times, with budget cuts that will result in sacrifices by county employees and citizens. Kaase insisted that he would be open and approachable. Prestby thanked the residents in district five for his reelection.

Chairman Amunrud thanked the constituents that supported him. He added that he will take the job seriously and that the real challenges that lie ahead need to be met with strategic planning and reforms.

The board worked its way through a long list of items, many that require board action annually. The one conspicuous ingredient throughout the morning was the diligence and determination by all members of the board to keep spending limited to those things that are absolutely necessary.

Other Business

• Thomas Kycek was appointed Chief Deputy Sheriff for 2009 as recommended by Sheriff Daryl Jensen. He has held the position since May. His salary was set at $67,275, which represents a 3.5% cost of living raise. A 2009 wage adjustment for nonunion part time law enforcement employees was approved at 3%. These wages had been frozen at the 2007 level. Jensen noted that his department is cutting back on part time employees to save money.

• The Bluff Country Reader submitted the lowest bid and was approved as the official paper. The first financial statement will be printed in the Fillmore County Journal and the second statement in the Republican Leader. The Delinquent Tax List will appear in the Bluff Country Reader. All approvals were for the low bid. The decision on Additional Notices was tabled as board members wanted more information. County departments have been printing Additional Notices which include advertising for employment in several papers.

• There was disagreement on a motion to close the court house at 2:00 PM on December 24, 2009. Prestby insisted that law enforcement has to stay open and there is a question whether .....
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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Officials talk of state and local partnership

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Partnership, opportunities, and reform were some of the common themes banded about during a two hour meeting between the Fillmore County Board and area legislators on Tuesday, December 30, in Preston.

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County implements plan to deal with cuts instate aid

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Department heads were in attendance at the December 23 county board meeting with budget cuts totaling $545,102. The Local Government Aid (LGA) payment the county receives on December 26 will be $143,805 less than originally expected.
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Rushford council considers impact of aid cuts

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Bitter gusts and subzero temperatures swirled outside the Rushford city hall Monday, December 22. But there were ill winds blowing inside the council chambers as well while those present absorbed the gloomy financial forecast.

Rumors had cir ..... 
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Lanesboro officials concerned over possible cut in LGA

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro city council members voiced their concern over the possibility of the city losing part of their anticipated government aid payment of $121,517 scheduled for December 26. (See chart detailing possible cuts in LGA and MVHC to local communiti ..... 
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Preston anticipates reduced aid

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston, like cities and counties across the state, is bracing for bad news come December 26 when a second payment of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state is due. Representative-elect Greg Davids was on hand to discuss the state's revenue short ..... 
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Recognition for Fillmore County's Brown

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Some positive news for the county was announced at the county board meeting on December 16. At the recent meeting of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC), Fillmore County was recognized with two awards and the election of Commissioner Duane B ..... 
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Ropes tells Harmony council "tough times ahead"

Fri, Dec 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Senator Sharon Ropes visited the Harmony City Council on December 9th to discuss the state's budget and the economic situation. She was there to answer questions and hear from the council about the challenges that Harmony is facing. Ropes ..... 
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