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Preston City Council Report: Preston replaces squad car damaged in flooding


Fri, Aug 31st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Police Chief Matt Schultz briefed the Preston City Council at their August 27 meeting on the need to replace a squad car that was lost in the Rushford flooding.

Schultz said that an officer responded to the emergency in Rushford on Sunday, August 19. In addition to the Preston squad car, two Fillmore County squad cars and one Rushford police vehicle were also lost.

According to Schultz, insurance will cover the Blue Book value of the 2004 Impala as well as 100% of the equipment and its installation. The chief placed the value of equipment in the $12,000 to $15,000 range. He said that the state bid for a 2008 Impala was $18,253.

"I was going to come to you in a few months about the need to replace a squad," Schultz said, chuckling. "I guess we'll do it sooner."

Schultz said that he has funds in his budget which should cover the difference between the insurance claim and the new cost of a squad car. At present, the city has a squad car on loan from the state highway patrol.

The council approved the purchase.

2008 Budget

City Administrator Joe Hoffman submitted a preliminary budget to the council for 2008, totalling $1,384,990, up $66,642 (5.5 %) from 2007.

Hoffman explained that the budget increase is due in part to higher costs for health insurance and payroll salaries. Hoffman used a 3 percent cost of living adjustment as an assumption in working on the budget. Department spending increases ranged from 2.8 percent (library) to 9.88 percent (fire).

Since half the budget is paid through levy increases (the other half through local government aid) the city would need to increase the tax levy by $48,089 (9.27%) to balance the budget at $1,384,990.

The council asked Hoffman to meet with department heads and look at making additional cuts. To reduce the levy to 5 percent, cuts of $23,000 would need to be made.

The council will revisit the budget at their September 4 meeting in order to approve a preliminary levy by September 15.

Playground Equipment

Council member Heath Mensink reported that the Park Board will be installing new playground equipment at the ball fields sometime in late September or early October. The city has received $17,000 in donations for playground equipment which will cover these costs.

Mensink noted that the Park Board is interested in installing additional playground equipment at the Preston Trail Head, possibly next .....
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MnDot's District Six feeling neglected

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Around fifty area citizens attended a meeting in Chatfield on August 21 to listen to a presentation by MnDot planners and to make comments or ask questions. Chris Moates, MnDot Planning Director, detailed a prepared presentation for area state roads ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council discusses capital improvement plans

Fri, Aug 24th, 2007
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council met in a joint meeting with the Public Utilities committee last week, Aug. 23, to discuss budget issues and capital improvement plans for the near future. Gerry Evenson and Dennis Schuck from Public Utilities we ..... 
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Planning Commission approves controversial hog facility in Carimona

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - For several years, Dave Mensink and Ann O'Connor have worked together side by side as Carimona Township Supervisors. On Thursday night, however, they were on opposite sides of a debate on whether Mensink's application for a Conditional Use ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council monitors junk on property

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - A couple of items on the agenda of the Spring Valley City Council meeting held Aug. 13, consumed time and had to be dealt with.

Several weeks ago the Council announced that an inspection of junk on homeowners property would ..... 
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Rushford purchases 23.5 acres for $699,000

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Optimistic about the future of Rushford, the city council purchased 23.5 acres of land currently zoned industrial from Wallace Himlie at the August 13 council meeting. Recognizing the land as one of the few remaining undeveloped "chunks" ..... 
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Harmony looks into well problems

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The City of Harmony has been dealing with some well problems lately, according to city employee Chris Johnson. Johnson brought City Council members up to date at the council meeting last Tuesday evening.

The well near the water to ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Consultant to work on emergency plan

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board, in a drawn out meeting mostly dedicated to pruning preliminary budgets, approved the hiring of a consultant to help complete an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) at their August 14 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran S ..... 
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Fillmore County goes forward on County Based Purchasing

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Charity Floan, StedFast Health Plan, addressed the county board at their Tuesday, August 7 meeting, to better inform them about County Based Purchasing (CBP) and the potential obligations of the county. Olmsted County pursued the developme ..... 
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