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Peterson City Council reviews proposed 2011 budget, employee insurance cuts


Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on November 4, 2010. Chuck Eidenschink, Jan Smaby, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson and Lolly Melander were present, along with three guests. Mayor Eidenschink called the meeting to order and the minutes from the October meeting were read and approved by the council. The treasurer's report was also approved on a motion by Randy Benson and seconded by Bill Grindland.

The first item before the council in old business was to reconfirm the board chair of the zoning committee. Jan Smaby introduced a resolution that the city of Peterson approve Tim Hallum as Chair of the City Zoning Committee to assess the monthly operation of the zoning committee. Bill Grindland made a motion to approve this resolution and Randy Benson seconded it. Motion carried. The second item of business was the Review 2011 Budget - a three percent increase instead of a 12 percent increase. Jan Smaby introduced the new results of the 2011 budget and explained the cuts and reasons for the cuts. Bill Grindland suggested a cut in employee insurance in phases rather than half all at once. Further discussion was tabled until the December meeting when the budget will be set. Finally, the third item of old business concerned Hammell Equipment. Council was presented a hand-out that explained the trade-in value of the old riding and Woods tractor for a new one. The trade-in price is $2,350.00 plus tax and $7,949.00 is the price for a new riding mower. There are 240 hours on the old mower. On the Woods mower the trade-in price is $1,500.00 plus tax.

In New Business Jan Smaby introduced a resolution stating the city of Peterson had reviewed the federal initiative, Let's Move Cities and Towns. In light of that review, the resolution states: "Be it resolved that the city of Peterson shall encourage the county and school district jurisdiction to participate in the federal initiative within the boundaries of the city of Peterson." Randy Benson made a motion to approve this resolution and it was seconded by Jan Smaby. Motion carried. Results of the General Election for 2010 were as follows: Mayor, Tim Hallum 45 votes, Jennifer Wood 56 votes - winner, one write-in; Council, Churck Eidenschink, 60 votes, 37 write-ins; Council, Bill Grindland 59 votes - winner, Gail Boyum 69 votes - winner, JoAnn Smith, 43 votes, and 10-write-ins. A motion was made by Jan Smaby and seconded by Tim Hallum to approve and certify the election results .....
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Governor recount requires added staff time

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter requested additional part-time employee hours at the November 9 meeting to deal with the expected automatic recount in the Minnesota governor election. The recount will be automatic due to the closeness of the electio ..... 
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Rushford gains footing in FEMA funding

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a large sum of FEMA funding that is owed to the city following the flood of 2007 was again discussed in length at the Monday, November 8th, city council meeting. While the city has found it frustrating to deal with an ever-changing FEMA ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses need for travel policy for city employees

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on November 9. The meeting was for the residents affected by the Third Street Project to discuss the final assessment amounts.

The total cost of the project was $297, ..... 
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Preston sets 60 hour minimum for ambulance crew

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton requested the Preston City Council approve a required 60 hour minimum for the volunteer ambulance crew at the council's November 15 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the requirement will be in the new ..... 
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Is someone burning tires in Wykoff?

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 11, 2010, 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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Wind turbine setbacks unchanged

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their November 18 meeting agreed by consensus to leave the required setbacks in Section 7 of the Wind Energy Conversion Systems Ordinance unchanged. County commissioners had requested that the Planning Comm ..... 
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Ostrander addresses issues with fights and chickens

Fri, Nov 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; all council members were present.

Motion was made by Thompson and seconded by Christenson and unanimously carried to accept the consen ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses police budget

Fri, Nov 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting to discuss the sale of the general obligation bonds for the Community Center and lighting projects.

Bubany had the results of the sale. Bids were taken earlier ..... 
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