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Harmony sets levy at $612,942


Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council passed a resolution for the tax levy for the preliminary 2009 budget. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with the proposed budget and highlighted the changes from the 2008 budget. The total tax capacity levy is at $612,942, which is a 17 percent increase from 2008. The council is still going to work on the details of the budget and make some more cuts to get that number lower.

Illg said he does not have all of the tax capacity figures yet, but assumes that property values have gone up over the year. He is planning on having the figures for the next council meeting in October so they can begin the process of making cuts.

Wastewater Treatment Plant

City Employee Chris Johnson reported that the manhole in the ditch near Torgerson Auto was repaired. During an earlier smoke test, problems were found with that hole, which was thought to be the cause of the sewer backup during the heavy rains in June. Todd Arlander from Bonestroo came to Harmony and they tried to flood the north lift station where the problems had occurred and were unable to do so. Johnson said Arlander feels good that the problem has been solved. He will come down to check things out if there are more heavy rains.

Johnson said the trash pump they ordered from Kingsley's arrived last week and they will be doing a test run with it soon. He noted that as soon as there are four inches of rain, they will start pumping.

Johnson also mentioned that he had received two bids for hauling sludge. One person had all of the equipment needed and his bid was five cents a gallon. Another person does not have all the equipment needed but has a truck to haul 3350 gallons, and the bid was for $150 a load, or about 4.5 cents a gallon. Johnson estimated they have around 85-90,000 gallons to haul. He is going to follow up on another bid that was for one cent a gallon plus fuel costs. He is also going to look at the prices for getting a pump that they can have permanently.

Letter About Sewer Issues

Elaine Michel sent a letter to the city regarding sewer problems that Mike and Becca Ramsey have had at their home. Johnson explained that while the Ramseys were digging in their yard they discovered a septic tank. Michel's letter stated that she had lived in that house for 16 years and had been billed for city sewer that entire time. She was requesting her money back with interest for those years.

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Lanesboro council works on 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working on the budget for 2009. She presented the council with some of her suggested cuts, as well as a comparison with the 2008 budget at the September 2 meeting.

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Preston adopts preliminary 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman detailed nearly $21,000 in further budget reductions for 2009 at the council's September 3 meeting. Half of those cuts came from $11,000 less of an increase in health insurance premiums than expected. The total expecte ..... 
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County working to reduce 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown detailed the proposed 2009 budget to the Fillmore County Board at their September 2 meeting. Duane Bakke was absent. She explained that overall there will not be an increase in health insurance costs.

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Debris Grant criteria expanded to include ag

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Expansion of the criteria for eligibility for Debris Grant funds available after the 2007 flood was discussed at the August 26 meeting. There is nearly $300,000 left to be dispersed. Commissioner Marc Prestby noted that the deadline for the distribu ..... 
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Street plans next step in Rushford motel project

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Plans to develop 23-acres of land on Rushford's northern border with the Village moved another step forward at last Monday's August 25, 2008 City council meeting. Minus Laura Deering, council members Dahl, Johnson, Benson and Mayor Ladewi ..... 
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Preston tennis court nears completion

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Treasurer Chuck Aug of the Preston Area Community Foundation presented checks to the Preston City Council totaling over $70,000 at the city council's August 25 meeting be used for the city's tennis court project. He explained that $25,000 was an out ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the vario ..... 
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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois ..... 
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