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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 second district again took their position on the county board. County Attorney Brett Corson and Sheriff Daryl Jensen reaffirmed their oath for another term. Shirl Boelter as auditor/treasurer and David Kiehne as county recorder swore an oath for their respective offices for the first time.

Commissioner Marc Prestby was unanimously elected by the board to be the chairman of the board for 2007. Randy Dahl was elected to serve as vice-chairman. Other than changes in the chairmanship, the board members are the same as the past couple of years. Prestby thanked the outgoing chairman Duane Bakke for his leadership over the past year.

Housekeeping Chores

Most of the rest of the meeting was delegated to routine housekeeping items. The per diem rate was left at $40. The 2007 mileage reimbursement rate for use of a private vehicle for county business was set at $.485 per mile which is the federal IRS rate.

Salaries were set for the new auditor/treasurer and county recorder. Other department head salaries were set last year. These two newly elected officials salaries could not be set until after they were officially sworn in. Auditor/treasurer Shirl Boelter's salary was set at $54,000 which is slightly over 85% of the outgoing auditor/treasurer's salary for 2006. The board must set the salaries at 85% or more taking into account the individual's expertise coming into the new position. Commissioners Randy Dahl and Chuck Amunrud voted against. Dahl insisted that the salary was being set too low.

County recorder David Kiehne's salary was set at $44,000. In his past position in the assessor's office combined with his temporary position working in the recorder's office, he was earning $42,500 plus $500 per month for the extra responsibility in the recorder's office. Dahl voted against again saying the salary was being set too low.

Jack O'Donnell was appointed chief deputy sheriff and his salary was set at $62,263.93 as recommended by Sheriff Jensen.

A resolution was passed authorizing Public Health Nurse Director Sharon Serfling to apply for a Community Clinic grant from the state of Minnesota. The grant would be for $45,000 and would be used in the Amish community for well .....
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Preston City Council Report: Community access channel improvements sought

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met December 18 for their final meeting of the year. Mark Vander Plas made a request that equipment be installed on the city's cable access channel to provide video capabilities. He said that this would allow videos of ball ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Townships seek clarification on zoning

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

Two township board members questioned the county commissioners to help clarify the county's position on zoning applications at the December 19 County Board meeting. Lyle Greenlee of Jordan Township and Randy Ness of Sumner Township emphasized that t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Police protection - satisfactory?

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

Hal Cropp addressed the Lanesboro city council at their regular meeting December 18, relating the concerns of the Chamber of Commerce on their perception of police presence in the downtown area during bar closing time (between 12:20 a.m. until closi ..... 
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Zoning office wants to treat all building permits the same

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed a letter sent to townships from his office at the December 12 County Board meeting. Commissioners were disappointed that Craig had sent the letter before discussing the issue with ..... 
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County may do contract legal work

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Attorney Brett Corson, who was recently re-elected, will now serve in a full time position. Up to now the attorney position has been part time (.8 FTE). On Tuesday, Fillmore County Board members set his salary at $79,825. The amount ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Harry Street project finished

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

After noting Blitz Construction had finished with the water main and houses were to be connected in the coming week, the Rushford City Council discussed how to encourage citizens with private wells on Harry Street to hook-up to city water at their r ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council approves loan for new restaurant

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, December 12, Miles Petree and Lisa Miller petitioned the Harmony City Council to approve a revolving loan for a future restaurant business. The loan will be for $25,000 at 4% interest over a 7 year period to help establish a ne ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Administrator gets glowing review

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Seasoned city council member Rob Norby enthusiastically declared, "I've dealt with four different administrators and Bobbie is by far the best!" at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting December 4. The council members had individually evaluated ..... 
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