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Spring Valley Council reviews 2008 levy


Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, Nov. 26 and discussed the proposed 2008 budget and tax levy. City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the preliminary figures to council members and pointed out areas where the budget will be going up. There was an increase in the police contract due to salaries, but for the most part most budget items were at or near the 2007 level.

The preliminary levy is $876,170.00 which is an increase of $13,638.00 over the 2007 levy.

Members of the council will have some time to look over the budget and levy prior to the next council meeting on Dec. 10.

Buyout Proposal

Lucille Daggett appeared before the council and requested that the City buy out her property at 204 South Hudson Avenue. She cited the upcoming street and sewer project and that the assessments she will have to pay will not increase the value of the property. Her property is located in the flood plain which has restrictions on rebuilding or improvements to existing structures. Administrator Deb Zimmer said that she will be working with Daggett to explore the buyout proposal.

Following the floods in Spring Valley many homes located in the flood plain were bought out by the City and residents moved elsewhere.

Department Reports

The Department Heads reported on the status of their areas.

• Leonard Leutink of Streets indicated that they are getting the snow plowing equipment ready for the season ahead.

• Park Director John Fenske reported that new carpeting will be installed in the hallway of the Community Center.

• Ambulance Director Jim Cooper said that there have been 372 calls so far this year and that there will be some new people filling vacant spots on the Ambulance crews.

• Kevin Beck gave the police report to the council.

• Dianne Swenson Sikkink of the library reported that as a result of a meeting with the County Commissioners the area libraries will be seeing a slight increase, but that much of the increase for services is coming from the Chatfield area as a bedroom community to Rochester.

Commissioners Report: Commissioners grapple with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A variety of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requests were each approved by the board after thorough discussions at their November 27 meeting. Darin Funk of Spring Valley listed several concerns he and his wife Tori have about a plan to open ..... 
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Rushford will rebuild liquor store in same location

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the aftermath of August's flood, the city of Rushford has had to make many decisions quickly that will impact the residents for years to come. Last Thursday, the city council took up the issue of what to do with public properties damag ..... 
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Lanesboro Council to review street sweeper quotes

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro looked at the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper at the regular meeting on November 19. City employee Andy Drake presented the council with quotes from Mac Queen Equipment in St. Paul for two different s ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Caboose for Preston

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Richard Petsch, Preston Historical Society, informed the city council of the historical society's purchase of a Milwaukee Road Railroad caboose at their regular November 19 meeting. Petsch said that a down payment has been made to purchase ..... 
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Wind company gets go ahead for testing towers in Harmony and Bristol Twps.

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission approved four conditional use permits at its November 15 meeting, including two permits for wind testing towers.

A California company that develops, operates and manages wind energy ..... 
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Harmony Council looks at proposed budget cuts

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Deciding where to make cuts in the budget was an item of much discussion for the members of the Harmony City Council during their regular meeting on Nov. 13. City Administrator Jerome Illg, with direction from the council, had come up with ..... 
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Corps report says flood exceeded 500-year mark

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - If the Rushford City Council really needed official proof that the flood of '07 was a bad one, they got it at their meeting last Monday, November 12, in the form of a draft of a report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Commissioners discuss publishing public notices

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the Nov. 13 county board meeting, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter asked the board to advertise for newspaper bids for the official newspaper for 2008. This procedure is followed each fall to designate a newspaper as the official ..... 
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