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County board briefed on housing initiative


Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Wayne Stenberg of the Bluff Country Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and Hall Clapp of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Program (GMHF) briefed the Fillmore County Board on these programs at their May 8 meeting. The board agreed to go ahead and look into the levy initiative and matching funds to build or rehabilitate county housing. Houston County has also agreed to go ahead and do a study over the next 30 to 45 days.

The initiative would involve a levy at a maximum of .0144% of a property's market value. The levy funds would be used to aid in development, financing of affordable housing, or redevelopment. The levy could increase property taxes on a $200,000 home a little over twenty dollars. Commissioners were concerned about the tax implications. GMHF provides technical assistance and matching funds for projects or programs using an increase in the HRA Levy for funding.

Stenberg noted that because the housing market is soft, the focus now is to fix current homes and improve their energy efficiency rather than new construction. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked if the money levied in Fillmore County would stay in the county. Clapp suggested that Fillmore and Houston Counties could have segregated accounts.

Amunrud said that there was a real need for rehabbing homes and maintaining affordable housing for senior citizens.

The next step for the county is to have a financial expert like Mike Bubany come in and help educate the board on the initiative so that the board can make an informed decision. There will also be a public hearing to let citizens air their concerns.

Garrison Keillor in Lanesboro

David Harrenstein of Lanesboro asked for and received approval to close CSAH #8 at the intersection of CSAH #17 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, June 1 for the Garrison Keillor live radio show being taped for national broadcast. Harrenstein noted that his committee has raised enough private money to cover expenses. The road closing is to eliminate traffic noise for the taping. He said that none of the businesses in the area have a problem with the road closure as long as it is well publicized ahead of time. Sheriff Jensen and Highway Engineer John Grindeland have approved the closure. The second show on June 2 will not be taped and will not effect the road usage. Harrenstein called Keillor's appearances, "a great thing for Fillmore County."

New Staffing Positions

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Lanesboro City Council Report: The city readies for Keillor's visit

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Julie Kiehne, Dave Harrenstein, and Peggy Hanson visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting May 7 with some special requests for the upcoming Garrison Keillor visit in June. Kiehne asked that Highway 8 be closed to all traffic from 7:30 to 10 p.m. o ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Dobie Days gets liquor license pending insurance determination

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, the council welcomed Corey Scrabeck, Dobie Days organizer, to the meeting to further discuss the festival's details prior to approving a liquor license. Scrabeck opened the discussion by explaining his follow-up to previous ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Finishing touches on Hwy 52 construction

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Holly Zuck, secretary of the PACCA, explained to council members at their May 7 meeting her quest for a sign to direct Hwy 52 travelers to the Preston business district. She had detailed her findings in a "letter to the editor" in the April 30, Fill ..... 
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County moves ahead on airport building

Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland led a discussion about the possibility of erecting a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building at the Preston/Fillmore County Airport at the commissioners May 1 meeting. Commissioner Randy Dahl related that the Air ..... 
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Spring Valley awards bid on sewer project

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council was pleased in the bids received for the upcoming storm sewer/sanitary sewer project. The engineer's estimate for the project was $1,236,771.10 and the low bidder was Road Constructors, Inc. with a bid ..... 
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JOBZ for RiverBend gets local approval

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford City Council met on Monday, April 23, they heard reports from City Administrator Windy Block and City Attorney Terry Chiglo on the same day's Fillmore County EDA meeting. Block, Chiglo, and representatives from RiverBend ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Crime Victims Rights Week

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring the week of April 22-28 to be Crime Victims Rights Week at their April 24 meeting. Sarah Monroe of Victim's Services noted that April was also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. ..... 
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Wind study approved in Greenleafton area

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, April 19, 2007 the Fillmore County Zoning Board met to review three conditional use permits (CUPs) and to discuss zoning ordinance revisions.

Eco Energy Wind Tower

The Zoning Board welcomed Paul Roeder of Eco En ..... 
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