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Commissioners Report: New campus for Zumbro Valley Mental Health


Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Patricia Carlson, Executive Director of Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center (ZVMHC), updated the Fillmore County Board at their June 12 meeting on the progress toward consolidating its programs onto one campus. The new campus is located at 343 Wood Lake Dr. SE, Rochester, across US 63 from the old Fleet Farm Store.

ZVMHC is a 40 year old non-profit agency which employs approximately 140 people. It serves ten counties in southeast Minnesota. Fillmore County has been in partnership with the agency since its beginnings. More than 4,000 people from the region benefit from its services each year. In the past its services have been provided in various locations in Rochester and small facilities in Fillmore County. The new consolidated campus, southeast of the intersection of US 63 and US 52 will house all the Olmsted County facilities.

Part of the new campus has been in use since March 31 for day treatment, a Supported Employment Program and more. The Residential Program building includes a Residential Treatment wing and a Connections and Referral Unit (CRU) which will be moved into on July 20. The Main building for housing administrative staff and areas for individual appointments and therapy will also be moved into on July 20.

The entire project is to cost $8 million. Six million has been provided by Olmsted/Fillmore County tax exempt conduit bonds. Existing real estate has been on the market since October without a sale to date. Funding has been secured for all but $500,000. Donations are being solicited from several large donors and the counties served by the agency.

Fillmore County Social Services will donate $3,000 from their budget toward the Residential Treatment area. Carlson asked the county to donate an additional $10,000 which would come out of budget reserves. A one time appropriation of $10,000 was approved to be used for the CRU. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud cited the uniqueness of the partnership between Fillmore County and ZVMHC and that to deny the request would send a negative message and would not set a good example for the other counties. Commissioner Duane Bakke voted against. Bakke noted that when the new construction was approved, Fillmore County was not expected to contribute dollars from the county funds.

County Attorney Substitute

County Attorney Brett Corson who is in the Civil Affairs Unit in the Army Reserves is expecting to be deployed early in November. He suggested making the .4 atto .....
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Harmony City Council Report: Council hears request for fire protection from York Township

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, June 12 the Harmony City Council opened with Harmony Fire Chief, Bill Hanlon reporting that York Township had approached the city fire department with a request to cover their area. Currently York Township receives fire protect ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council will request bids for solid waste contract

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the June 11 council meeting, the Spring Valley City Council decided to update the Solid Waste Contract by putting it out on a "Request For Proposal" this fall. This will permit the City to advertise for other companies besides Waste Management to ..... 
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County Board passes resolution on Hwy 52

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board passed a resolution in support of immediate reconstruction of the deteriorating Highway 52 Corridor from the I-90 Interchange to Fountain at their June 5 meeting. The resolution requests that MnDot move forward to "analyze ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Differences resolved

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Well, at least three out of four differences were successfully resolved when the Lanesboro City Council met June 4. The council spent the majority of its time dealing with the three issues presented them at their May 21 meeting. Mark Brewster's requ ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston street improvement bids under estimate

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates announced to the June 4 Preston City Council meeting that there were four bids for the 2007 Street Improvement Project and that the low bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel was 11% under the estimate and $175,000 ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council hears overview of 2006 audit and budget

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

"Overall the City did a very good job of watching the budget".

These were the words of the City's auditor, Lloyd Johnson who appeared before the Council Tuesday night, May 29. He gave the members an overview of the audit and the budget for ..... 
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Rushford City Council reacts to Tri-City meeting

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council spent a good share of its meeting May 29 discussing the recent Tri-City meeting and, more specifically, the police protection for Rushford Village. After affirming the council consensus that more meetings between ..... 
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Preston considers adopting State Building Code

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council discussed the pros and cons of adopting the State Building Code at their May 21 meeting. Planning and Zoning has recommended the adoption of the code. The code would regulate the building of homes including decks, ..... 
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