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Preston City Council Report: Preston union accepts COLA increase


Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council met December 17 with only an operating quorum. David Harrison and Robert Sauer were absent. The Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA) had voted not to contest the council's offer of a 3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2008. Members representing the union did make clear that they were displeased with the council's unwillingness to negotiate. It was noted that the October Midwest Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the Midwest was 4.3%. The union's disappointment was also expressed in a letter to the council dated December 12 signed by the union's president, Dan Boesen.

Mayor Kurt Reicks hoped that scheduled contract negotiations set for next year will resolve this annual source of contention with the union over the COLA increase. City Administrator Joe Hoffman suggested the wording in the current contract and the minutes of the meeting for which it was approved created a sort of "gray" area. PPEA representatives agreed that "gray" areas needed to be cleared up as much as possible in the next contract negotiation. Hoffman added that negotiations needed to start in the spring before the city determines its budget.

Parking Zone

The Fillmore County Developmental Achievement Center requested that a physically disabled parking zone be established in front of Thrifty Threads at 106 Main Street SE. Hoffman explained that the zone would be forty feet, enough to park two cars or one larger vehicle, in this case a bus. The zone would allow physically disabled individuals who work in the store easier access.

Council members Heath Mensink and Jon Haugan asked if other business people in the area had been consulted. Hoffman said that he would send out letters to those businesses. The resolution was tabled until the first meeting in January to allow time to notify business people.

Variance

Joe Hoffman explained that property owned by Jason and Nellie Majerus is zoned R3. This requires a 15 foot set-back rather than the 10 foot set-back required for R2 properties. The Majerus' tore down an old home and need to have a ten foot set-back on the west and a 14 foot set-back on the east for their rebuilding plans. Hoffman added that there is no objection from adjoining property owners. He added that the property skirts the flood plain on the southeast. However, the new home will not have a basement, which negates the issue. The variance was approved.

Tax Levy

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County board debates snow removal policy

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioners hashed over ways to improve snow and ice removal with Highway Engineer John Grindeland and Maintenance Superintendent David Nelson at the December 18 meeting. Complaints from the public about the recent ice and snow events ha ..... 
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After tie vote, Mayor appoints new city council member

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Since the resignation of Mark McKay from the Harmony City Council at the November meeting, the city has been advertising for someone to finish out the last year of his term. Before the regular City Council meeting December 12, the council ..... 
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County board deals with zoning issues

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners approved the appointment of Cindy Blagsvedt to be County Assessor as of January 1 to serve out the term of retiring Robert Pickett. Blagsvedt is currently a property appraiser in the assessor's office. She has ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Library and city hall will move to new location

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford Public Library eventually moves to a new location, the city hall will move with it, the city council voted unanimously at the regular council meeting on December 10.

City Hall and the library are currently togeth ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Final levy certified

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley City Council concluded their business in about fifteen minutes at their December 10 meeting. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that $30,000 was cut from the preliminary levy approved in September making $876,170 the ..... 
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Preston goes with known quantity over local accounting firm

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members approved the hiring of Smith Schafer & Associates, Rochester, to prepare this year's audit at the December 4 council meeting. Lloyd Johnson, Spring Valley, whose firm has been preparing the city's audits for se ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at budget cuts for 2008

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Before the regular City Council meeting on December 3, residents of Lanesboro were invited to a Public Hearing to discuss the budget or levy items for 2008. There were no citizens at the meeting to ask any questions. City Administrator B ..... 
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Rushford council approves loans for six businesses

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - So far, distributing the state flood relief money to damaged Rushford businesses is proving to be as challenging as securing the funds in the first place.

At its regular meeting last Monday, November 26, the Rushford city council ..... 
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