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County Board struggles to trim budget


Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Board members slogged through proposed budgets from several departments in a long day at their Tuesday, August 5, meeting. The board is faced with cutting and trimming a hundred here and several thousand there in order to stay within the state imposed levy increase limit of 3.9% in these times of inflated prices.

• Jeff Cooper, Information Systems, has advised the board to replace county computers on a regular rotation. The laptops used by the commissioners are past due to be replaced. In order to cut a few more thousand dollars, four of the five commissioner computers will not be replaced for another year. One is failing and must be replaced. Other equipment purchases including a wireless system will be delayed.

• Social Service Director Thomas Boyd showed the board graphs comparing his department's budget over several years with other similar size counties. He maintained that maintenance costs paid out to lower income people go up in times like these when the economy is not doing well, especially the food stamp program.

Fillmore County Social Services in 2007 administered the distribution of $31,806,228 of federal and state funding. About $21 million was for health care, $8.3 million was for social services, and $1.3 million was for support including food stamps. The total county share of the cost is $1,163,998 or $50 for every person in the county. The county picks up about 50% of the cost of administering federal programs and 100% of the cost of administrating state programs.

Boyd requested a levy increase of 3.9% for his department. He added that he had no requests for more staff or services. The increase would be about $45,000 more than the 2008 budget.

• Zoning Administrator Norman Craig stated that revenues gained from building permit fees and charges are down for the first time this year.

• County Recorder David Kiehne noted that because less people are getting mortgages there is less revenue from those fees. However, more fees have been coming in from abstracting.

• Court Administer Jim Attwood asked to have the budget increased for court appointed attorneys from $20,000 to $30,000. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud explained that most counties set aside money for court appointed attorneys.

Attwood said that parents in family court and people in commitment hearings are entitled to be represented. He noted that about a month ago the state said .....
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Spring Valley council negotiating sale of annexed lots

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLELY - Within days after the city of Spring Valley annexed the property on the west side of the city known as the Kasten Farm, city officials were negotiating the sale of three lots to a local storage/manufacturing company.

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Rushford Council meets with auditors

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The July 28 meeting of the Rushford City Council was eerily close to "business as usual" for this group that has been accustomed to dramatic, often difficult decisions over the past year.

Thomas Wente from Smith, Schafer and Assoc ..... 
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Harmony refinances Heritage Grove bonds

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on July 29 to discuss some options the city has regarding refinancing for Heritage Grove.

In 2001, the EDA (Economic Development Authority) issued bonds ..... 
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Hazard Mitigation Plan moves forward

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske and Bonestroo representative Corey Raymond presented the completed Fillmore County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan to the commissioners for public review at the county board's July 29 meeting. No one ..... 
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Zoning Administrator Norm Craig to resign in November

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Long time Zoning Administrator Norman Craig submitted his letter of resignation to the Fillmore County Board at their July 22 meeting. Craig has served the people of the county for twenty-four years and plans to retire on November 27, 2008 ..... 
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Bituminous prices balloon Preston street improvement costs

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo informed Preston City Council members of the 2008 Street and Utility Improvement bids at their July 21 meeting. He noted that three companies bid with the low bid from Road Constructors Inc. coming in at $193,306.75. The lo ..... 
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Lanesboro council accepts street bids

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has accepted bids for the projects that will be done this summer and fall on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with the bids at the regular meeting on July 21.

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Board of Adjustment looks into park model camper issue

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - David Swanson of Cannon Falls came before the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their Thursday, July 24 meeting to ask the board for a reversal of a Zoning Administrator's decision not to allow Swanson to have a park model style campe ..... 
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