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Flood recovery dominates county board agenda


Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government



PRESTON - Fillmore County commissioners faced a full agenda at their September 25 meeting with most issues relating to the recent flooding in southeastern Minnesota. A group of people from several organizations and departments detailed their efforts in finding monetary relief to help get flood victims back to some normalcy. Perhaps the greatest negative is the fact that these efforts and monies to be eventually made available will take time and will not be immediate.

Chris Gastner, Economic Development Authority (EDA), explained a number of efforts to obtain funding for lower income residents. The board unanimously passed three resolutions allowing the county to apply for financial assistance from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (Deed).

Michelle Vrieze, SE MN Development Corporation (SEMDC), described the first application to be submitted by October 4 for income eligible families of low and moderate incomes in small cities in the county, not in the flooded areas. The funds to be applied for could help rehab twenty five homes with as much as $24,000 per home. One city involved would be Ostrander which has termite problems. Funds for twenty commercial applications, for development will be applied for, making as much as $30,000 available per qualifying business.

Wayne Stenberg, Semcac, spoke of what he called "just one more pot of money of several pots coming into the area." He described a joint venture involving Semcac, SEMDC, Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) and MN DEED and their pre-application for grant funds for assistance to single family owner occupied homes and businesses with flood damage. With this joint application the group can ask for $1.4 million to target Rushford and outlying areas.

The money would be used to address the most severe needs in the area and the DEED work would be based on need resulting from the flood. Stenberg added that the funds coming will have many layers and from different sources, loaned at different rates and some will be forgivable. Funds from DEED will be long term and probably won't become available until next year. If both applications, the one for non-flooded small cities and flooded small cities, were approved and awarded the county could bring in as much as $2.8 million for rehab and development. The money would come through the county board and be administered by the EDA, Semcac, and SEMDC. Commissioner

Randy Dahl acknowledged that so .....
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Reconstruction of Hudson Street set for public hearing

Fri, Sep 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night September 24 and passed a resolution calling for a public hearing on a major improvement project. Bryan Holtz of Yaggy Colby Associates presented the Feasibility Report to the Council. ..... 
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Rushford struggles with bad wells and condemnations

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Looking a little weary nearly a month after flooding transformed Rushford into a disaster area, Mayor Les Ladewig and City Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry Johnson and Herb Highum met in special session on Monday Septemb ..... 
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Board of Adjustment turns down variance request

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
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PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday, September 20, to reject an application for a variance in Harmony Township.

Roger and Rosella Peterson had asked for a 902 foot variance to build a house on property they o ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro 20/20

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
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A public hearing was held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on September 17. The topic to be discussed was the Lanesboro 20/20 plans for the future, and Carla Noack was present to answer any questions about the document entitled " ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston hires new librarian

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met Tuesday September 18 for their regular meeting. Council member Robert Sauer was absent. Bob O'Reilly who sits on the Library Board detailed the board's unanimous recommendation for the new librarian, Elizabeth Anderson. ..... 
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County Board discusses disaster credits for homestead property

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Assessor Robert Pickett explained the current law regarding disaster credits on 2008 payable taxes for homesteaded property owners at the board's September 11 meeting. The Minnesota Statute 273.123 Reassessment of Homestead Property ..... 
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Rushford Council looks at flood money distribution

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
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RUSHFORD - At a special meeting Thursday, September 13, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with SEMCAC to be the lead grant administrator on a Small Cities Development Program application for $1.4 million, with Pe ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preliminary levy increase set at 5.32%

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
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City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed council members at their September 10 meeting that he had successfully trimmed the 2008 preliminary budget. At the last meeting on August 27, he was tasked with finding a way to trim the increase by $23,000 an ..... 
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