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County Board looking for reform in government


Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another list of housekeeping items dominated the second county board meeting of the new year on January 13. An informal discussion among the commissioners gave glimpses of possible reforms and planning to further control costs and to better work with state government.

Commissioner Duane Bakke referred to the AMC's Redesign Project while discussing the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) which is a statewide organization that works for the 87 counties. He suggested that Governor Pawlenty and some legislators are interested in the ideas of reform touted by the AMC.

The Redesign Project put forth by the AMC is an effort to reform the workings of state and county governments and to improve the cooperation between them. The effort hopes to have it made clear which level of government is responsible for what. Counties want flexibility in carrying out state mandates seeking more efficiency in serving local citizens.

Bakke serves as second vice-president for the AMC which puts him in line to be president of the organization. The project wants to develop transparency and innovative ideas to improve the relationship between the state and county government. The whole idea of reform is to make governments work better together and more efficiently over the long term.

Highway

• The resignation of David Nelson, Maintenance Superintendent, was accepted with regret and thanks for 38 years of service.

John Grindeland noted that improvements to Highway 52 from Fountain to Marion will be done in 2009. The section from Fountain to Chatfield will receive a "super overlay" including the shoulders with no future plans for reconstruction so far. The stretch from Chatfield to Marion will also get an overlay with plans for reconstruction some years after that.

Other Business In Brief

• Social Service Director Thomas Boyd received approval for the 2009 Medical Assistance transportation contract between the county and Semcac Volunteer Driver program. Driver reimbursement for medical trips is paid for by federal Medical Assistance. No county money is spent for this program.

A cooperative agreement for 2009-2010 between the County Attorney and Law Enforcement was approved. This agreement in necessary to get federal reimbursement (66% of total cost) for authorized expenses for child support services. The county pays the other third of the costs.

A resolution was approved asking for more time from t .....
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Board of Adjustment approves Flynn variance

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment approved two variances applied for by Steve and Denise Flynn, Carrolton Township, at their January 15 meeting. Last summer the board had denied variance applications from the couple to build a permanent dwelli ..... 
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Vacancies create opportunities for Rushford citizens

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected vacancy on the Rushford city council, as well as openings on a number of commissions, make this the perfect time for Rushford citizens to ask what they can do for their city.

Councilwoman Laura Deering announced January 1 that ..... 
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Harmony looks for more budget cuts

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony received their second LGA (Local Government Aid) payment for 2008 on December 15. They usually receive two payments a year from the state for a total of $375,000. This year, however, with the state looking at adeficit, many citie ..... 
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Spring Valley Council and Sheriff discuss law enforcement contract

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Difficult times require difficult answers."

Such was the temperament as Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the Spring Valley City Council. The conversation was direct and honest between Jensen and the City Council as both units of government f ..... 
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The Lanesboro Council gets a red box

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected guest showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 5. Terry Neumann, who owns and operates Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast, approached the council with what he called a "thought gift." A red box was given to the mayor, which h ..... 
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Collett seated on Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Collett was sworn in as the newly elected member of the Preston City Council at the January 5 meeting. Much of the brief meeting was dominated by a discussion of 2009 appointments to open slots on the city's boards and commissions.

Cou ..... 
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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