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County Board continues budget process


Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

The county commissioners at their August 9 meeting continued the process of scrutinizing line by line the proposed budgets of five more departments, the EDA and SWCD-Water Quality. At the beginning of this process on July 26, the proposed 2012 budget showed a levy increase of 14.56%. Since then, with a tweaking here and a reduction there, the proposed levy increase is being reduced little by little.

The board will be approving their preliminary budget for 2012 on September 13.

County Attorney Brett Corson discussed whether they should levy to build a fund for the purpose of financing the county's share of a future civil commitment process of a sexual offender who has completed serving a prison sentence, but is considered to be too much of a public safety risk to release. Corson explained there is no way of knowing for sure when the county could be faced with this process. He hoped it would be several years before the county needed to go through the process again. Sheriff Daryl Jensen remarked that he was not aware of anyone who would be put through the process in 2012.

This is an expensive process and the state has shifted more of the cost to counties. Counties had been responsible for 10 percent of the cost, but now must shoulder 25 percent of the cost. Minnesota has the distinction of civilly committing more dangerous sexual predators per capita at its facility in Moose Lake than any other state that uses civil commitment.

Facility Maintenance

Terry Schultz, Building Maintenance, presented two bids to landscape around the county Office Building. The low bid of $2,409 from Mensink Landscaping which will include shrubs was accepted.

Sheriff Jensen related that the 40 year old concrete east of the office and jail is breaking up. He said they had two bids to eliminate the sidewalk and to extend the parking area to the north and the south. The additional parking will help with drainage, address handicapped parking, and make snow removal easier. The low quote of $27,488 from Rochester Sand and Gravel was accepted.

Payment to Sheldon Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in the amount of $5,520 was approved for the installation of an air-conditioning unit in the law enforcement building. The old unit, which cools female inmate housing and the staff area, had failed.

Other Business In Brief

•County Surveyor Jeff Brand explained the need for a policy to reimburse private land surveyors who locate F .....
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

•Monday, August 15, Preston City Council, Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 15, Kingsland School Board, 5:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 15, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Computer Room, 6:30 p.m.

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Rushford library to apply for FEMA funding

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

After several months of requests by the library board, the city council approved their June 13 request to apply for FEMA Alternate Project funding. This would potentially open the door for the library to receive $583,000 towards its goal of a new fa ..... 
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Spring Valley fire department no longer part of Sumner Township mutual aid

Fri, Aug 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

There's a situation developing between the City of Spring Valley and the Sumner Township Board. At Monday night's meeting Fire Chief Chris Czapewski appeared before the Council and said that the Spring Valley Fire Department will not be the primary ..... 
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Veterans Cemetery process ongoing

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud explained the on- going process to have a State Veteran Cemetery located in Fillmore County at the board's August 2 meeting. Language in the recent state bonding bill includes southeast Minnesota as a possible location for ..... 
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Preston hears complaints over parking ban

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

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Residents detailed their complaints against the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. parking ban around the Courthouse Square at the council's August 1 meeting. The ordinance has been on the books since 1950, but had not been e ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, August 8, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 8, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, August 8, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
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Tim Penny, CEO/President of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 1, 2011. He spoke about some things the organization had done, as well as goals for the upcoming year.

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Chatfield to amend sign ordinance

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
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The Chatfield City Council at their July 25 meeting authorized city attorney Fred Suhler to draft an amendment to the sign ordinance to allow two signs on a building. The ordinance currently allows only one sign on a building in all commercial and i ..... 
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