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State legislation has negative affect on Fillmore County


Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd reviewed the concerns the recent legislative session raised for Fillmore County at the June 3 county board meeting. He noted a reduction in grants by 1.8%.

The county receives about $822,000 in grants so there will be a reduction in funding of about $14,500. Chairman Randy Dahl maintained that this is a real reduction and not the reduction of an increase.

Boyd suggested that with the next session of the legislature, there should be a discussion about the relationship between the counties and the state. He questions whether the state sees the county as a partner or a provider of services. Boyd added that demands on his department and the county get higher as the economy worsens. The state dictates what the counties must do, but doesn't provide funding to fulfill those demands.

Legislative changes have ended funding for programs like "Sentence to Serve" and have made it necessary to cut staff and staff hours for the courts, which County Attorney Kelly Wagner admitted causes a slow down in the court system.

Commissioner Duane Bakke warned that there could be a drastic decrease in funding from the state next year. Dahl added that the county is not now accepting new applications for some social service programs. Boyd commented that one of the saving graces for the county over the last couple of years has been a reduction in number of children requiring out of home placement. Bakke questioned whether or not the county should be cutting back on unmandated programs. Boyd agreed with Bakke that there could be big changes from the state next year.

Joint Powers Board Disbands

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud summarized the history of the county's attempt to set up County Based Purchasing (CBP) along with four other counties for their Medical Assistance clients. The SteadFast Health Plan was developed by Olmsted County. Fillmore, Houston, Mower, and Winona Counties were invited by Olmsted into the plan to get sufficient enrollment numbers to spread the risk and share the cost. The big hurdle was to get the state legislature to allow the five county group to present the SteadFast Plan as the only plan for a few years. Amunrud said that the legislature resisted this, so the group decided to get "default" language passed which would allow the plan an advantage for three years to get individuals, who don't designate a specific plan, assigned to the SteadFast Plan. This would have si .....
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Harmony City Council gets creative in financing community center projects

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The Harmony City Council discussed a few more options for financing the community center and parking lots projects that are coming up this summer at the May 27th meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain the optio ..... 
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Rushford Council works toward June 6 flood loan deadline

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

The final date for approving business flood recovery loans, June 23, is fast approaching, and, as the final stop on the loan approval train, the Rushford city council is feeling the pressure of the looming deadline.

And since the actual rep ..... 
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Pawlenty veto puts county health plan at risk

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, Fillmore County's commissioner who sits on the Joint Powers Board, requested the opinion of the other commissioners at their May 27 meeting. Five counties including Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, and Winona ..... 
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Preston moves forward with 2008 street improvements

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlick and Associates, the city's consulting engineers, detailed the plans and estimates for the 2008 street improvements at the council's May 19 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Grabau noted that ..... 
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Lanesboro Council holds public hearings on capital improvement projects

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council held two public hearings before their regular meeting on May 19. The first one was for the Capital Improvements that will be done to the Community Center. Elizabeth Blakesley, who works with Mike Bubany at David Drown Asso ..... 
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Map omission stirs controversy

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - City of Rushford Village council members made clear their disappointment with the new county map and its failure to recognize the City of Rushford Village as a city at the county board's May 13 meeting. Commissioner Marc Prestby was absent ..... 
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Rushford Council sells business lot

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - A decisive step was made in Rushford Hardware's proposed move to north of town when the Rushford City Council voted, albeit reluctantly, to sell owner Greg Norstad's Lot #10 in the Rush Creek Business Park.

Norstad's store in the ..... 
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Harmony Council discusses antique mall and other projects

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Plans will soon be underway for a new antique mall in Harmony's Industrial Park. Terry and Jean Ingvalson of Mabel will be putting up a new building which will house multiple antique vendors. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates attended the City C ..... 
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