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Lanesboro declared an Arts Campus


Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

John Davis was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 2 with an update on the Arts Campus project.

“First I want to thank the city and the park board for their support with this initiative,” said Davis. He added Lanesboro is getting national recognition for their support of the arts, and they are very grateful.

According to Davis, everything is ready for the September 13 gathering at the Bass Pond parking lot. The celebration is in appreciation of the community for their support of the project. There will be a band performing in the parking lot.

Davis said this signage they have planned will be going up in the parking lot soon.

The council passed a resolution declaring Lanesboro an Arts Campus. Davis felt this would help bring Lanesboro additional national attention and media coverage.

Councilor Ceil Allen brought up an article about Lanesboro in a publication called Southern Minn Scene. She thanked Davis for their work helping make Lanesboro a well-known place for the arts.

“It helps our community continue on the path it’s going, and I thank you,” said Allen.

Preliminary Budget

City Administrator David Todd presented the council with the 2015 preliminary budget. In summary, there is a 1.9 percent increase in the levy, which will raise taxes $1 a month on a house that is valued $100,000.

Todd said he went through the line items and made as many cuts as he could, but some things could not be cut. He also mentioned the harsh winter we had last year. The city employees used a lot of overtime for snow removal, more than what was in the budget. Because of this, money had to be taken from reserves. This year, Todd added a little cushion in the streets overtime budget. If it doesn’t get used, it can return to the general fund.

He also added a step increase for personnel, as it has been five years since their last increase. “I think they’re due,” he said.

Todd stressed the importance of building up the reserves, and cautioned against making too many cuts. Lanesboro’s reserves are currently at 26 percent, and it’s recommended to be at 40-50 percent.

Theresa Coleman, who acted as interim superintendent last year, commented that the city employees do a terrific job of keeping their spending down. “They save us money every day,” she said.

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Efforts to trim 2015 county budget continue

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the September 2 Fillmore County Board meeting the most recent 2015 budget numbers and ways to further reduce the proposed 2015 levy were discussed. As of August 29 the proposed budget numbers would lead to a 8.85 percent levy increase. Commission ..... 
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Arlin Falck Foundation accepting applications for grants

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Notice is hereby given that the Arlin Falck Foundation will accept applications for grants for community development, community promotions, community education and similar matters. The grants shall be for the benefit of persons residing in Fillmore ..... 
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USDA announces nearly $1 million for agricultural entrepreneurs to turn commodities into value-added products in Minnesota

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, Minn. - USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced nearly $1 million to help seven rural Minnesota businesses and entrepreneurs expand their operations and create new products to market. The funding is bei ..... 
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Tuesday, September 2, Ostrander City Council meeting, 6 p.m., Community Center. •Tuesday, September 2, Rushford Village City Council meeting, 7 p.m., Community Center. •Tuesday, September 2, Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, 9 a.m., Fil ..... 
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County approves Local Option Sales Tax

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

At the Fillmore County board’s August 26 meeting County Engineer Ron Gregg gave a detailed presentation describing the need for more road and bridge funding. He then reviewed an eight year capital improvement plan listing specific projects for eac ..... 
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Board of Adjustment hears dispute over variance

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

Board of Adjustment Hears Dispute Over Variance The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their August 21 meeting held a somewhat contentious public hearing over a variance to construct a new dwelling on land with a crop equivalency rating or C ..... 
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Chatfield discusses church request to vacate alley

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

During the August 25 Chatfield City Council meeting, Allison Allen, representing Chatfield Lutheran Church, reviewed the improvement plan for the church and the reason for the request to vacate a portion of the alley behind the church. Mayor Russ Sm ..... 
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