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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).

Ropes was also there to find out how Harmony is doing as far as their budget and their fund balance.

"If it doesn't get much worse, Harmony should be okay," said Mayor Steve Donney.

Ropes explained Governor Pawlenty has until July 1 to make his final decision about the budget. Last December, the Governor used an unalottment to balance the budget for the year. This year Minnesota was projected to receive $6.4 billion less for the next two years. The legislature came up with two balanced budgets. According to Ropes, the Governor agreed with all the cuts, but rejected the last $2 billion, which was about generating revenue for the state. So, instead of working with the legislature, the Governor said he would balance the last two billion on his own, something that has never been done.

Ropes also explained that the unalottment is intended for unexpected emergencies. The Governor can use it when the legislature is not in session. The fact that he is using it when they were expecting the problem, and while the legislature was in session, is very unusual.

The state might have to look at another unalottment when the end of the year arrives. The Governor will be looking at cutting LGA, as well as money to schools, hospitals and nursing homes. Schools may have money held back, during which time they would have to borrow money to pay bills until their state funding arrives.

"We did some good work cutting that four billion," said Ropes. "We tried to save as many jobs as possible, and make permanent cuts. This is going to be an ongoing crisis. I can't imagine things will turn around in the next year."

Shuck said the council is pretty confident they have done everything they can. Illg said they have made cuts in the budget anticipating LGA cuts.

Ropes is concerned about small towns, especially due to the large number of elderly and retired people, and the increase in property taxes that is likely to come. She said if there are any questions or concerns, to contact her.

Dobie Days

Corey Scrabeck was at the meeting to ask for a temporary liquor license for Dobie Days, as well as a variance on the noise ordinance. He brought with him Dan Cook from Spectrum Pro Audi .....
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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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Fillmore-Houston boards approve grant agreement

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



The June 2 meeting of the Fillmore County Board included a teleconference for the Fillmore-Houston Joint Board of Health. A resolution was once again passed for 2009-2010 to enter into a grant agreement for Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Gran ..... 
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Senator Ropes in Preston: We are all in this together

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL addressed the Preston City Council at their June 1 meeting. She discussed the recent legislative session and inquired as to how the city dealt with the loss of Local Government Aid (LGA) funds totaling ..... 
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Bunge seeks 'Conditional Use Permit' at Lanesboro City Council meeting

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council took a break from the usual at their last meeting on June 1. Street Superintendent Andy Drake took the group on a bus tour of the city's streets. He showed the conditions of some of the streets, and pointed out ..... 
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Ideas abound on tri-city tourism

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

At a Town Meeting Initiative this past March, the desire to enhance tourism in the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson were one of three principal ideas that developed. Now, community and business members, hoping to spur economic grow ..... 
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting May 5, 2009

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor, Gordon Johnson; Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke and Liz Atkinson, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

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