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Sentence To Serve amended


Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the county board with some good news at their September 9 meeting. The Sentence To Serve (STS) program, praised by Jensen as the first successful program to help people work off fines and time while providing a valuable service to the community, will be extended. Funding cuts made by the state legislature during their last session reduced their share needed to support the program.

Jensen explained that the total crew cost of $71,612 for the period July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009, will be funded with $6,165.38 coming from each of the cities of Spring Valley and Rushford, $19,000 through the DNR, 31,329.74 from Fillmore County, and nearly $9,000 from the state Department of Corrections (DOC). Jensen added that the contract for 2010 and 2011 will not include any DOC funding. Rushford expects to pay their share with FEMA money. The STS did a significant amount of work for Rushford during the aftermath of the 2007 flood.

STS crews have helped in state parks, worked on trails, in fisheries, and in both Spring Valley and Rushford. Jensen informed the board that he does not yet have all the contracts from the various government units in hand. The DNR and the cities of Spring Valley and Rushford which are to provide funds will get priority on their projects, but will not have control of the program.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud commented that the county actually opens up jail beds by allowing inmates to work off sentences, reducing time and fines. He praised the program, saying that everyone benefits. Jensen said that we have a good crew leader who in turn has a good relationship with the DNR and the communities.

Jensen referred to a recent informational program that he, County Coordinator Karen Brown, and Commissioner Marc Prestby attended that encouraged alternative programs which can reduce the need for jail space. He emphasized that this is "money well spent."

Condemnation Proceedings

Attorney Leigh Campbell asked the board to approve condemnation proceedings for the County 5 road project. Two parcels, 7 and 9, that are in question consist primarily of woodland and have no improvements. County Engineer John Grindeland and Tom Miles have negotiated with landowners since July of 2007. The landowners of the two parcels are Jerry and Laura Chase, Jim Ellis, Susan Ewert, and Patrick Chase. The matter was referred to the County Attorney's office in March 2008.

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Harmony sets levy at $612,942

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council passed a resolution for the tax levy for the preliminary 2009 budget. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with the proposed budget and highlighted the changes from the 2008 budget. The total tax capacity lev ..... 
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Lanesboro council works on 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working on the budget for 2009. She presented the council with some of her suggested cuts, as well as a comparison with the 2008 budget at the September 2 meeting.

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Preston adopts preliminary 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman detailed nearly $21,000 in further budget reductions for 2009 at the council's September 3 meeting. Half of those cuts came from $11,000 less of an increase in health insurance premiums than expected. The total expecte ..... 
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County working to reduce 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown detailed the proposed 2009 budget to the Fillmore County Board at their September 2 meeting. Duane Bakke was absent. She explained that overall there will not be an increase in health insurance costs.

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Debris Grant criteria expanded to include ag

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Expansion of the criteria for eligibility for Debris Grant funds available after the 2007 flood was discussed at the August 26 meeting. There is nearly $300,000 left to be dispersed. Commissioner Marc Prestby noted that the deadline for the distribu ..... 
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Street plans next step in Rushford motel project

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Plans to develop 23-acres of land on Rushford's northern border with the Village moved another step forward at last Monday's August 25, 2008 City council meeting. Minus Laura Deering, council members Dahl, Johnson, Benson and Mayor Ladewi ..... 
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Preston tennis court nears completion

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Treasurer Chuck Aug of the Preston Area Community Foundation presented checks to the Preston City Council totaling over $70,000 at the city council's August 25 meeting be used for the city's tennis court project. He explained that $25,000 was an out ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the vario ..... 
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