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Green Acre forms need to be returned


Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Duane Bakke made an announcement forewarning landowners with Green Acres at the board's November 18 meeting. Commissioner Stafford Hansen was absent.

Bakke stressed that one of the boxes must be checked on a form from a letter they received and the form returned before the January 2, 2009, deadline to keep their options open. If a land owner needs further clarification, he suggested contacting the assessor's office.

Minnesota legislators included changes to the Green Acre Program in the 2008 omnibus tax bill passed late in the session. The change in the Minnesota tax law could cause farmers to have to pay back-taxes on agricultural land that is not being used for agricultural production.

The Green Acres Program was designed to keep the tax value lower on some rural land. Because of the changes made in the 2008 tax bill, some untillable land would no longer qualify in the Green Acre Program. If a land owner sold some of this untillable land, back property taxes would be due.

There has been considerable debate about the 2008 changes and the 2009 session is expected to work on repairs for the program.

Bakke said that if marked forms are not returned, land owners will automatically be out of the program and unable to make changes. With the checking of one box or the other and the return of the form the land owner's options are still open and the box checked is non-binding.

All Hazard Mitigation Plan

Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske presented a resolution to adopt the Fillmore County All Hazard Mitigation Plan which has been approved by FEMA. Teske noted that four cities including Chatfield, Rushford, Spring Valley and Canton have already adopted the plan.

She explained that cities in the county will all need to adopt the plan if they wish to be covered with the plan. A city could make their own plan at great expense to the city. Townships will be covered by the plan when the county adopts it. However, townships are encouraged to also adopt the plan to demonstrate their participation.

The plan is required to be updated every five years by FEMA. The board formally adopted the plan. With the adoption of the plan, the county and townships and participating cities are eligible for FEMA funding.

• The board approved a $400 stipend for the Fillmore County CERT coordinator to help with expenses to attend a CERT conference in Minneapolis. Teske said .....
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No deer hunting in city of Rushford, yet

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Deer.

Your garden can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em out of season. Or within city limits. Yet.

Not only are deer a nuisance in the city of Rushford, but according to councilman Robert Dahl, there are statistics to show tha ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at du ..... 
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Lanesboro residents raise concerns over street assessments

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council adopted the resolution on assessments made for the Capital Improvement Projects. A final public hearing was held Monday evening, November 10 and the council spoke to a full house. Residents affected by both the Whittier St ..... 
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Citizens plead for plowed walking trails

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Kathy Jetson and Marcia Ptacek made clear their wish to have the city maintain part of the trail at Spring Creek Park during the winter to allow for walking at the Spring Valley City Council's November 10 meeting. Councilmen Jeff Veh ..... 
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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig ..... 
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

Fiv ..... 
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Preston Council sets Assessment Hearing for 2008

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council breezed through a light agenda at their November 3 meeting. Robert Sauer was absent. A resolution setting the assessment hearing for Thursday November 20 was approved. The hearing will be combined with the regular second mon ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses winter trails

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

Mostly routine business was on the agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2008. There was discussion concerning the maintenance of the trails through the city during the winter. A resident had asked if the city could remove th ..... 
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