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Commissioners Report: Consultant to work on emergency plan


Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board, in a drawn out meeting mostly dedicated to pruning preliminary budgets, approved the hiring of a consultant to help complete an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) at their August 14 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran Services/Emergency Management, requested that the board approve the hiring of Gary Peterson, Spring Valley, to help with the work needed to produce a plan.

Teske informed the board of the huge work load increase required of her department both in the veteran area and in the emergency management area. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have increased the applications for benefits from veterans and their dependents 150% in the past year. The requirements for Emergency Management (EM) have ballooned over the years since 9/11. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) was implemented in 2004 with new requirements including an EOP which will outline the steps the County Commissioners need to take in case of a disaster. Teske has put in over 130 extra hours at home in an effort to complete the plan requirements by September 30, 2007. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud acknowledged her added effort and thanked her for it. She notes that failing to complete an acceptable plan could make the county unable to qualify for federal aid. Chairman Marc Prestby suggested that Fillmore is not the only county behind with the plan.

She explained that the EOP that was last updated in 2004 and was reviewed last year by the State and found to be deficient. Teske has mostly completed the new plan and ten of the annexes, but does not have the time to complete all the annexes and appendices required. The annexes are eighteen, including direction and control, communications, warning, public information and more. The appendices are hazard categories including agricultural incident, cyber attack, flood, and more. To complete all these specific areas will require a meeting with several different department heads.

Teske made note of a quote from the Minneapolis EM director Forte after the recent 35W bridge collapse when he was remarking that the emergency response went well because of the updating of their plan since 9/11 and that their teams had completed exercises and training on collapsed structures.

Teske added that she had EM grant money which can be used to pay for the consultant. She said that Gary Peterson has a background in communications and local emergency management. Peterson estimates that the work ca .....
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Fillmore County goes forward on County Based Purchasing

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Charity Floan, StedFast Health Plan, addressed the county board at their Tuesday, August 7 meeting, to better inform them about County Based Purchasing (CBP) and the potential obligations of the county. Olmsted County pursued the developme ..... 
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Preston considers State Building Code

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members had an opportunity to learn more about the advantages or disadvantages of adopting the State Building Code at their August 6 meeting. Jay Kruger of Construction Management Services of Rochester briefed the coun ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Environmental issues spotlighted

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

Ironically, the strong essence of gym floor sealer pervaded and polluted the council chamber's air supply as the Lanesboro City council spent much of its Monday, August 6 meeting dealing with other possible pollution issues.

First Robert Tho ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Council authorizes study of Hudson Avenue project

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - After a tour of the Spring Valley Library, the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Streets and Ambulance Station, the City Council took action on a couple of items at their July 23 meeting.

First of all, the Hudson Avenue Project ha ..... 
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Rushford's $1.5 million water treatment plant moves forward

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Bill Chang of BDM Consulting Engineers, using a PowerPoint presentation, reported to the Rushford City Council at the July 23 meeting, on the water treatment plant design and financing status. The water treatment plant will be attached to ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves new ID system

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Three department heads lobbied the county board asking them to invest in new equipment for printing more secure ID cards for county employees at their July 24 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran Services/Emergency Management, explained the adv ..... 
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Zoning Commission approves variance and CUP

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, July 19th the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted Jim Keune as the Board Chair and Steve Duxbury as Vice Chair for the coming year.

Gun Shop Variance

Bill McBride of Kava Road, Preston asked the ..... 
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Lanesboro gets $10,000 settlement on A Prairie Home Companion

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

The city's hosting of A Prairie Home Companion show in June turned a tidy profit over $10,000, due mainly from a claim filed against the rain insurance policy the city took out to safeguard the financial success of the event.

Lanesboro Chamb ..... 
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