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County Board in brief


Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Treasurer Balances

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter presented and received approval for the designated and reserve balances as of December 31, 2006. Boelter questioned the board about the nearly one million dollars in the building fund balance. Bakke and Amunrud asked what number would be acceptable to the auditor as undesignated in the building fund. Amunrud noted the condition of the county jail. Bakke suggested that eventually state inspectors will dictate what will happen to the jail. Bakke and Dahl agreed that levees spread over several years for planned improvements is a good idea.

Citizen Input

Loren Schmidt discussed his experience with the County Zoning Department and a building permit belatedly applied for back in June. He had sent his kid in to apply for the permit when he realized he had forgotten to do so and they admitted starting the project before the permit was applied for, let alone in hand as required. Schmidt in good humor wasn't disputing the $250 fine, but questioned the process. Dahl compared enforcing zoning regulations with enforcing speed limits. There are not enough enforcement people to make everyone obey. Dahl continued that in order for the laws to work, we have to rely on the people's honesty and good intentions. Schmidt agreed that there would be chaos without regulations. He questioned whether the fine was even high enough for some large projects.

Temperature Control

Terry Schultz, Maintenance, related his hourly task of manually adjusting temperature in certain areas of the courthouse. He explained that it takes a lot of time from his other duties. Chuck Amunrud said that the system needs to be fixed. He insisted that the valves weren't installed properly by the DM & C or their subcontractors. The plans and design were not followed. The county has held back $5200 from the final payment to the DM & C, the general contractor. Amunrud said that the contractor had created a short cut which is not allowing for the computer to properly regulate temperature in the building.

County Attorney Corson agreed that they had a legitimate position. He suggested contacting all the parties involved and entering into a negotiation before taking legal action. By consensus the board agreed to have Corson bring the parties together for negotiations. Payment will continue to be withheld.

NACo Resolution

The board passed a resolution put forth by the National Association of Counties ask .....
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No action taken on Lanesboro land split

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Cold temperatures and slippery streets didn't keep visitors away from the Lanesboro City Council meeting January 16. A proposed lot split of the Randy Reynolds property brought neighbors Everett and Betty Johnson and Bucky Rogers, as wel ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston fire department changes approved

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

Outgoing fire chief Kurt Reicks detailed modifications requested by the Preston Fire Department (PFD) at the January 16 Preston City Council meeting. Reicks, who is also the Mayor, asked that the council approve Jerry Olson to be the new fire chief, ..... 
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ATV trail discussed

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Brian Kroning, president of the Bluff Country ATV Club, addressed the county board at its regular January 9 meeting. The club which is based in Rushford has been asked by seven land owners to partner with them to "convert the current ATV/M ..... 
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Frugal measures save Rushford thousands

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council turned routine, start-of-the-year choices into a money saving situation when they opted to solicit RFPs (request for proposals) before designating a financial institution. At their meeting January 8, the council ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses color scheme for water tower

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - on January 9 the Harmony City Council business consisted mainly of examining two bid proposals for repainting the exterior and interior of the city's water tower plus reviewing renovations to the city's Community Center.

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Family Dollar store in Preston's future?

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Newly elected David Harrison, and reelected Mayor Kurt Reicks, Heath Mensink, and Jon Haugan took their oath of office for their new terms at the January 2, 2007, meeting. EDA Coordinator Chris Gastner introduced Richard Sorensen to the Pr ..... 
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Lanesboro considers land split

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - After the swearing in of new council member Vince Jeannette and returning council member Kevin Drake, the Lanesboro City Council turned their attention to a proposed land split in the city at the regular council meeting Tuesday, January ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Newly elected officials take oath of office

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the first Fillmore County Board meeting of the new year on January 2, Judge Robert Benson administrated the oath of office to six newly elected or reelected officials. Duane Bakke representing the fourth district and Randy Dahl representing the s ..... 
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