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Fillmore County Board discusses funding proposal


Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen came prepared with possible alternative contracts to keep the beleaguered, yet still successful program alive at the March 10 County Board meeting. Fillmore County along with a few other counties no longer has state matching funds from the Department of Corrections (DOC) because of state budget cuts in 2008.

The program has been sustained through June 30, 2009, through a nine month contract between the DOC and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Spring Valley, Rushford, and the county. The county pays half of the cost, as it has since the program's inception in 1998. John Radmer, Sentence to Serve (STS) Regional Supervisor, explained several options that the board could consider to extend the program over the next two fiscal years.

The proposal under consideration would have the county paying the full $151,978.00 cost for the program over the two year period. A contract would be put into place between the DOC and the DNR to equally share the cost of the program with the county. The DNR would agree to purchase ideally half the time of the crew leader and crew to work on DNR projects. Both the county and the agency would have a thirty day out which could end the program. Chairman Chuck Amunrud noted that the contract had no guarantee that the DNR would purchase half the time. Radmer agreed and suggested that is the reason for the thirty day out stipulation. Sheriff Jensen said that the contract was not ready to sign yet.

Doug Swanson, STS crew leader, listed the advantages to the county from the program. His job involves supervising the work crew, planning and coordinating projects. STS crews have done major construction to major demolition. They were invaluable to Rushford after the 2007 flood providing over 8,000 hours of labor. They have done work for parks and trails, restoration of river banks, bluffs, and work for fisheries. Other work includes habitat homes and demolition of a lumber yard in Spring Valley for flood mitigation. Swanson remarked that he has worked with inmates on projects for ten years and has never been asked not to come back.

Commissioner Randy Dahl made it clear that he favored moving forward with what he termed a "valuable program." He suggested that our legislators need to be encouraged to work on getting Fillmore County into the category where there won't be a continual need to find matching funds.

Jensen said that they could work to get a commitment from the .....
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Harmony City Council: Street lights and storm sewers

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Steve Donney at 7:08 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2009.

Present at the meeting were City Attorney, Richard Nethercut, Councilperson, Sherry Hines, Councilperson, Gerald Shuc ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council- March

Mon, Mar 16th, 2009
Posted in Government



The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night lasted a total of 12 minutes before adjourning.

Performing Arts Center

What could be a major step for the Arts in Spring Valley was discussed at the Council meetin ..... 
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New surveys bring back bike trail controversy

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Joerg explained the need for a revised resolution to authorize Eminent Domain to acquire Ristau and Snyder properties for the proposed Forestville Trail at the council's March 2 meeting. The council initially authorized Eminent Domain in Octob ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meeting minutes

Fri, Mar 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order by Mayor, Gordon Johnson, Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present ..... 
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County map goes to printer

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the February 24 meeting of the County Board a number of housekeeping items were on the agenda. After about a year the newly corrected Fillmore County map is being sent to the printers.

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The meeting was called to order by Mayor

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson, Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk. Citizens Present: Attorney Tom Manion

T ..... 
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Spring Valley Council applies for business grants

Fri, Feb 27th, 2009
Posted in Government



At the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night, February 23, there was a succession of resolutions being passed that were all connected, with each one being passed "in case the previous one is successful."

Resolutions 2009-14, Re ..... 
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Lanesboro looking to adjust budget

Fri, Feb 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Åt their Feburary 17 meeting, members of the Lanesboro City Council looked over suggested budget cuts made by City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. With Vickerman absent from the meeting, a motion was passed to approve the cuts for planning purpo ..... 
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