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Legislators meet with County Board


Fri, Jun 27th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Representative Ken Tschumper and Senator Sharon Ropes discussed state legislative accomplishments and disappointments with the county board at their June 24 meeting. Tschumper maintained that with the Transportation Bill passed in February there will be some accelerated projects in District 6 in southeast Minnesota, especially bridge rehabilitation or replacement. Fillmore County will receive an additional $14 million. Commissioner Duane Bakke thanked them for their vote on the transportation package.

Tschumper noted in a letter dated May 19 that Governor Pawlenty has vetoed nearly 80 bills in the last two years. He warned that the state could be facing a $2-4 billion deficit in the next biennium. Tschumper noted that with the tax bill there will be $42 million in new Local Government Aid (LGA) and $22 million in new County Aid. There will be local government levy limits of 3.9% for the next three years with some exceptions. Renewal of Township Aid was stopped.

Flooding Update

Ken Tschumper asked about the county's funds for debris removal resulting from the August 2007 floods. Chairman Randy Dahl said that Fillmore County is still concentrating on residential debris removal as the damage was concentrated in the Rush Creek valley. He added that funds are still available and that at a later date agricultural land debris removal may be looked at.

Tschumper noted that Houston County has exhausted their funds partially because no limits were set on the dollars for the removal of a home. Commissioner Marc Prestby suggested that about two months before the final deadline, they would consider looking at the limit if funds are still available.

Dahl discussed the recertification of the levees. He expects they will need to hire someone to do that. Because of the possible liability, the cost of doing the recertification could be high. Tschumper asked about the flood plain designation in Rushford. Dahl noted that it will be part of the certification process. The mitigation plan is expected to be complete in August.

Tschumper added that with the early June 2008 flooding Houston and Fillmore Counties will qualify for federal funding for public infrastructure damages. It is still an unknown if the private sector will qualify. Senator Sharon Ropes implied that if the counties are taken separately, they wouldn't qualify. However, if Fillmore, Houston, Freeborn and Mower were lumped together, the private sector loss .....
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Preston street construction to begin in August

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Michael Lynch of Bonestroo and Associates reported on the project plans and specifications for the 2008 street improvements at a public hearing held during the June 16 Preston City Council meeting. The three proposed projects include Indus ..... 
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Lanesboro begins clean-up

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

Like many communities in Fillmore County, Lanesboro was affected by the recent heavy rains. Water in the park forced the city to hold Art in the Park elsewhere on June 15, and there were people who had flooding in their basements. At their regular m ..... 
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Rushford flood loan requests exceed funds

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

There's not enough money left in the flood recovery bucket to meet all outstanding requests; that was what the Rushford city council learned at its June 9 regular meeting.

The news came after Mayor Ladewig acknowledged the city's concern and ..... 
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Harmony Council deals with flooding problems

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

Recent storms in the area and water problems throughout the town made for a lot of discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting on June 10. City employee Chris Johnson explained what happened with the excess water flowing through the wastewater tr ..... 
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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long ..... 
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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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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 ..... 
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