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Rushford Village increases maximum levy


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the council has bumped up the preliminary figure in attempts to ensure city services continue without putting the city in a pinch.

“A lot of time has been put in looking at the proposed budget,” stated Mayor Gordon Johnson. “I thought we needed to at least consider the cost of new garbage pickup and going backwards on LGA. We can’t justify putting out there more than that in order to try to continue where we are. We need to consider at least $380,000.”

Earlier in 2014, the city saw an $18,000 annual cost increase from garbage service through Harter’s Quick Clean Up. The uptick was not expected and has been at the center of several council discussions on future cost savings.

Additionally, the city added a part-time public works/maintenance position in 2014 in hopes of catching up with pressing projects and not enough time. Public Works Director Bob Thieret has notified the city of his intent to retire in 2015, at least to part-time. The city is considering its maintenance needs and has entertained the suggestions of increasing to one full-time and one three-quarter time position or two full-time positions in lieu of current staffing. Thieret holds required water and sewer licensure for the city and may need to be kept on to ensure those required licenses are covered.

“Looking at the numbers, the proposed budget was set at $380,000 as a benchmark. We can maybe lower that number before the end of the year, bring it back to $350,000, but we can’t raise it after tonight.” noted Johnson.

“But is $380,000 going to be enough,” asked councilor Hamilton Peterson.

“We have to make up what we’re losing on additional expenditures; break even. I’m okay with that, but we still have to be conservative and not just spending money because we have some,” responded Johnson.

“If we feel that will take care of it. We can always back it down. We’re looking at unknown things,” added Peterson.

The vote to approve the maximum levy was unanimous; 3-0. Councilors Dennis Overland and Todd Baker were absent.

The council continues to work with Thieret on determining a job description. A clo .....
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Canton looks into updating water meters

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The Canton City Council discussed the town’s need for new water meters at their regular meeting on September 10. Town engineer Jon Nordsving stated there have been problems with the current water meters and several readers are malfunctioning or b ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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SEMAC announces October grant application deadline

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

ANNOUNCING CALL FOR PROPOSALS åThis activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. The Southeastern Minnesot ..... 
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Houston City Council discusses golf cart fees

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on September 8. At the meeting, the council agreed on changes to the city’s golf cart policy. They agreed to keep the fee for a permit at $50; however the permit will now be good for two years instead of one ..... 
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Rushford reviews lodging tax; sets preliminary levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford will be reviewing the expenditure of funds raised by the three percent lodging tax currently in place. Spurred by input from new, local motel owners John and Eileen Loken, the effort will be geared towards further clarification ..... 
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Jail inspection report reviewed

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen reviewed the 2014 Fillmore County Jail inspection report at the county board’s September 9 meeting. The jail is inspected every two years by the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Jensen noted some areas that were not cons ..... 
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Mabel addresses unsatisfactory subgrade dirt issue with contractor

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on September 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. Mayor Brian Street was not present at the meeting. Council member Terry Torkelson was acting mayor. Four representatives from the Mabel-Canton junior class were present to ask permissio ..... 
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Peterson’s County 25 hearing draws full house

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 assessment policy adopted in April and estimated assessments have gone out to property owners. Expected is a full reconstruction on the county state aid highway, including curb, gutter, catch basins, and sidewalks, as well as the water ..... 
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