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County advances toward ARMER communications


Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

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 communication system.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen recommended the board go ahead with this step as the window to apply for some of the grant funding will close in March. Commissioner Marc Prestby pointed out that this just sets things in motion to determine what grants are available and what costs will be the responsibility of the county. It doesn't lock the county into the ARMER system.

This step toward the ARMER system, or a more limited participation in the system, is necessary to satisfy the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) directive to replace wideband Land Mobile Radio systems with narrowband by 2013. There has been a public safety communication assessment completed for the county and included were the possible alternatives available to the county to satisfy the FCC mandate.

The resolution directs the sheriff to develop a participation plan which will provide proposed budgets, competitive bids, local improvements required, and proposed contracts for equipment and services. The assessment and the participation plan will be submitted to the Southeast Minnesota Regional Radio Board to get final approval for participation in ARMER. The county has to go through the Radio Board to apply for FEMA funding.

Commissioner Randy Dahl said it could cost the county $2,500 to get their foot in the door, saying, in effect, we need to put some money on the table to see what kind of hand we will be dealt. The total cost to get to the point of applying for grant funding is expected to be about $25,000. However, the county should be responsible for only about 10 percent of that. Commissioner Tom Kaase suggested there was still some 2007 Homeland Security funding that could potentially pay for it all. Dahl questioned whether the county would have to pay back the $25,000 if they were to decide to do only a limited and not a full migration to the ARMER system.

Final Budget and

Levy Approval

The 2010 final budget resolution, which is 1.5 percent or $362,929 lower than 2009, was adopted. A resolution for the levy for 2009 payable in 2010 was adopted with a 1.01 percent increase. The total levy is $7,916,774. The Fillmore County levy increase, along with a reduced budget, refle .....
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Peterson approves bid-letting for sewer plant

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Eidenschink on December 9, 2009. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Randy Benson, and Bill Grindland. Absent: Jan Smaby, Lolly Melander. Michelle Vreise and Wayne S ..... 
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Burr Oak extension resolved

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council, on December 21, held a closed meeting lasting about three quarters of an hour to discuss litigation resulting from the contract made with Winona Mechanical for the Burr Oak Extension. Following the closed meeting, the cou ..... 
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Predicted cost of levee system improvements $1.1 million

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a final report at the Monday, December 14th, meeting the Rushford City Council was presented with a detailed list of procedures, and a corresponding price tag, for addressing levee system recertification. The predicted cost in making the levee co ..... 
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Spring Valley budget approved

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

There were no members of the public present as the Spring Valley City Council went about their business on Monday night. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Struzyk at 6:01 p.m. The odd time of 6:01 as compared to starting the meeting at the us ..... 
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Wykoff discusses delinquent utility bills

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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Chatfield freezes employee pay for 2010

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council approved the maintenance of pay for all city employees at 2009 levels for 2010 at their December 14 meeting. A resolution freezing wages was adopted effective January, 2010. Mayor Les Knutson was absent due to his recent i ..... 
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Pilot Mound Township meeting draws a crowd

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Following the detailed events of the November 9 Pilot Mound Township meeting that was covered in the November 23 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the next monthly meeting was sure to draw a crowd from Pilot Mound residents concerned with the con ..... 
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Lanesboro school board approves levy certification budget

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board approved the agenda as p ..... 
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