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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 various departments. She pointed out some line items that might be changed or lowered and explained in detail those line items that could not be changed.

Some costs like the Sheriff's contract are set by the Law Enforcement Union and will go up slightly to $249,000 and there won't be the purchase of a new squad car in 2009.

In the Fire Department it is being recommended that the firemen get an increase in hourly pay to $10.00 from the current $8.00. Half of the cost will be borne by the Rural Fire District. Also being proposed is that the overhead doors on the fire hall be replaced. They are the original doors and are not energy conserving. The cost set aside for the doors is $20,000

The Street Department has a couple of items in the proposed budget; $20,000 for a new pickup and $20,000 for a new mower. $100,000 is being set aside to pay for the Industrial Park Expansion.

The City expects to receive $222,000 from the DNR in the form of a grant which will pay for the last of the flood mitigation properties.

The proposed swimming pool has some costs that are included in the proposed budget. A transfer of $200,000. will be made to aid in paying for the pool improvements. This will include widening the pool and installing play structures and installation of a new splash pad and roof.

With new construction in the Industrial Park the City is looking at ways to lessen the impact on the sewage treatment plant from groundwater. One area that they feel might have some effect would be to put $45,000 for sump pump inspections in a fourth of the city. There is a belief that many homeowners are discharging their waters from sump pumps in basement floors into the sanitary sewer system. This results in increased flow and additional costs.

The total levy being proposed for 2009 is $928,275 and it is hoped that reductions can be made in some of the line items before final passage.

This is the first meeting discussing the preliminary budget and it is hoped it can be wrapped up at the September 15 meeting.

The City Council also approved the expenditure of $119,000 to Yaggy Colby for the design of the Industrial Park. This step is being taken to plan for the futu .....
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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois ..... 
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Lanesboro issues bonds for capital improvement projects

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has approved selling bonds to finance Capital Improvement Projects that will be done in the next year. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. explained how the bonds will be paid off, and how it will affect the city's tax ..... 
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Airport to get Fixed Base Operator building

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An amendment was approved to reflect a corrected design for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building for the Fillmore County Airport at the county board's August 12 meeting. The low quote from Northland Builders, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in th ..... 
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Developer plans motel for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Anyone with a minimum investment of $37,500 and the fortitude to take on huge debt can be a motel owner in Rushford, according to developer Tom Serie of F & L Management & Development.

As the developer, Serie does not wish to own ..... 
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Harmony flooding problem linked to faulty manholes

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Harmony resident Louise Sikkink was at the August 12, 2008, City Council meeting to hear about what has been done to fix problems with the sewer system on the north end of town. Sikkink and others had sewers back-up into their homes during ..... 
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Spring Valley approves new generator for utilities

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action Monday night, August 11, 2008 to help finance a new generator for Public Utilities. There were two resolutions passed that pave the way for financing one million dollars as half of the total cost. One resol ..... 
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Spring Valley sells lots at industrial park

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in special session on Friday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent negotiations the City has had with property owners at the Industrial Park.

Within the last week Larry Kappers ha ..... 
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POET Biorefining TIF decertified

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council approved a resolution decertifying the ethanol plant Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) at their August 4 meeting.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the TIF was to run out on December 31, 2007 ..... 
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