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Annual meeting of the County Board


Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The county commissioners made their way through a long list of annual housekeeping business at their first meeting of the new year on January 5. The first business in the new year was to elect a new chairman, Duane Bakke, and a new vice chairman, Marc Prestby.

Chairman Bakke listed six of the most important issues to be resolved facing the board in the coming year. First, the board recently went ahead with the initial decision at the board's December 22 meeting to have a participation plan developed for the migration into the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) public safety communication system. He said the communication system change is mandated by the federal government and will be a costly project for the county, cities, and emergency groups. Bakke stressed the need to coordinate the grant process in order to cover as much of the cost as possible.

Second is the issue concerning the unallotment lawsuit where a judge has ruled that Governor Tim Pawlenty acted in an unconstitutional manner when he unilaterally balanced the budget. The governor is appealing the decision. This issue includes the soon-to-be-state legislative session and budget concerns that are forecast to be worse than before. Bakke noted about thirteen legislators are running for governor.

Third, there still are problems with the rural addressing system. Is the township or the county responsible for putting up new or replacement signs? Later in the meeting the board by consensus agreed the county should be responsible for putting up the signs.

Fourth, more needs to be learned to make a decision about the proposed location for a veterans' cemetery in Fillmore County, possibly on part of the county farm land. It seems Minnesota Veteran Affairs officials liked the location. Bakke said he didn't know if an environmental assessment of the property has been done. He questioned whether the area is feasible for graves as the soil is shallow. The cemetery could be big for economic development in the area.

Fifth, Bakke sees a need for improvement of security at the courthouse and a review of access during off hours. He commented that he feels safer with Sheriff Jensen in the room during board meetings.

Six, this is the year the United States census is to be completed. The county has to do what is necessary to have all of their population counted so it can get what it deserves in funding.

Bakke asked other board members to writ .....
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City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The December 15, 2009, regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion and Clerk Joyce Iverson, ..... 
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Fountain wastewater plant soon to be operating

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, advised the Fountain city council at their January 7 meeting that the wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to go into operation on the following Monday and Tuesday.

A combination of adverse weather, equipm ..... 
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Preston puts teeth into sidewalk snow removal ordinance

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

After considerable discussion, the Preston City Council unanimously adopted at their January 4 meeting a fee structure to enforce the city's ordinance pertaining to snow removal on sidewalks. The city has received numerous complaints.

The cu ..... 
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Spring Valley plans for additional LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council had a special meeting on Wednesday night to discuss issues and what projects the city would like to deal with in 2010. City Administrator Deb Zimmer set the pace of the meeting by again cautioning the council on the im ..... 
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Rushford city administrator gets new contract

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

In what some locals have dubbed a strange turn of events, City Administrator Windy Block's contract with the city was amended at a special meeting, Monday, December 21st. The new contract comes as a conclusion to a surprise proposal at the November ..... 
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Rushford council votes to keep liquor store in operation

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

At the Monday, December 28th meeting, two outgoing councilors and the outgoing mayor helped to determine the fate of the city's much debated muncipal liquor store. A presentation by store manager Diane Jonsgaard and City Administrator Windy Block det ..... 
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Preston adopts final 2009 levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
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No one from the general public took the opportunity to comment on the budget and the levy collectible in 2010 at the December 21 Preston City Council meeting.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman used pie charts to break down the city's expenses ..... 
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County advances toward ARMER communications

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
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After months of study and discussion, the county board unanimously passed a resolution at their December 22 meeting to have a participation plan developed for the migration into the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) public safety co ..... 
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