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Lanesboro City Council looks at budget scenarios


Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

The main issue on the agenda was the budget when the Lanesboro City Council met on January 20. Administrator Bobbie Vickerman came up with some budget scenarios for the council to consider.

According to Vickerman, Governor Pawlenty will present his budget for the state on January 28. The Senate and the House of Representatives then have to pass the final budget. Until then, the city has no way of knowing how much of the LGA (Local Government Aid) will be cut during 2009.

Vickerman said the worst-case scenario would be a 30 percent cut. This would be a cut of $62,316.30 cut out of Lanesboro's budget for 2009. Vickerman came up with some areas where cuts could be considered, including the elimination of part-time park and street employees. City office hours could be cut back, and some departments could be combined to help save money.

"These are just some options I've thought through," said Vickerman. "You guys will have to direct me." She added that she and Andy Drake had already made major cuts throughout the year. "We're getting down to the nitty gritty," she said. "We have to make things so we can get by."

Some of the other cuts Vickerman suggested were decreasing funds that go toward equipment repairs and maintenance, meetings and trainings, fire department repairs and maintenance, conventions and meetings for the fire department, ambulance training and supplies. There were also some other areas that the council could look at changing if needed. The total cuts she suggested were $59,139, which almost came to the 30 percent worst-case scenario.

Street Superintendent Andy Drake stated that he felt the city could save a lot of money by combining the Parks and Street departments. As a taxpayer, he said, he doesn't like waste. "It's something to think about," he said.

Council member Joe O'Connor suggested making up a list of projects that volunteer groups in the community could do, such as painting and cleaning.

Vickerman mentioned that the city employees work very hard at what they do, and they go above and beyond to help the community. Some people have donated their time. "You can tell that the people really care about what happens in Lanesboro," she said.

Chief of Police Matt Schultz presented the council with a summary of 2008, and he also talked about cuts his department will need to look at in the next year. He said part-time hours will be cut, as well as some capital outlay, before they c .....
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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 wit ..... 
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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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