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Collett seated on Preston City Council


Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Collett was sworn in as the newly elected member of the Preston City Council at the January 5 meeting. Much of the brief meeting was dominated by a discussion of 2009 appointments to open slots on the city's boards and commissions.

Councilman Robert Sauer will take Heath Mensink's place on the Public Utilities Commission. David Collett will serve on the Tree Board and as Street Commissioner. Councilman David Harrison was elected by the council to serve as Mayor Pro-tem, a position formerly held by Mensink.

Local Government Aid

City Administrator Joe Hoffman discussed the LGA allotment that was received from the state on December 26, 2008. The payment had been decreased by $44,025 due to the state's large deficit. Hoffman said that the shortfall was covered by reserves.

Hoffman warned that the reduction was only on the second payment in 2008. He admitted that he had no idea of the extent of the impending 2009 reductions. Hoffman said that capital purchases and some projects will be delayed as funding is not expected to get any better. He added that Preston is better off than some cities since it had doubled its street repair budget for 2009, which he suggested should be reduced to its earlier level.

Harrison remarked that they would be lucky if the 2008 reduction was just doubled. Collett commented, "The State always balances their budget on cities, counties, and townships."

Disabled Parking

Richard Hovelson sent a letter to the city requesting a physically disabled parking zone at 100 Pleasant Street SE in front of the Preston Apartments. The property owners, Andrew and Anita Bisek, have no objection. The spot would be accessible to anybody with a handicapped sticker.

Council members were concerned about the exact location of the parking zone. By consensus they agreed to wait until the appropriate site for the parking zone had been determined before acting.

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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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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