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Canton accepts new sheriff’s contract


Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

By Liz Giese

The increase in cost of the new contract with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office was discussed at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on November 11.

Sheriff Tom Kaase was present at the meeting to explain to the council why the contract cost would be increasing. He shared that he has been reviewing all of the contracts the sheriff’s office has with local cities and found that Canton’s contract needed updating.

Sheriff Kaase stated that Canton’s contract is modeled after Wykoff. He looked at services provided and number of deputy hours in each town to make sure they were comparable and came up with $24,000 per year as an amount that would be equitable with what Wykoff pays.

He pointed out that the population of Wykoff is higher, but there are more calls for service in Canton. For the year of 2015, up to the date of the meeting, there had been 99 calls for service in Canton. This does not include the other times deputies are in town for regular patrols. Over the same period of time, there were 91 calls for service in Wykoff, with 12 of those being for DARE at the school, making the number of comparable calls only 79. As of the 2010 census the population of Wykoff was 444 and the population of Canton was 346.

Mayor Donivee Johnson asked about the nature of the calls in Canton. The Sheriff was able to list the types of calls over the last year, which ranged from funeral escort and 911 hang-ups to disorderly conduct and damage to property.

Sheriff Kaase concluded, stating that even with the increased cost, he believes the city is getting a good deal for the services provided. He added that wages and benefits for a deputy cost more than the contract, not to mention the additional expenses the sheriff’s office covers, such as training, vehicle, equipment, and transportation costs.

Councilor Charlie Warner asked how long it had been since the last increase. Kaase thought the last contract had been signed in 2008, when the rate was set at $15 per hour, and that it had been raised to $16 per hour a year or two ago following a discussion with Sheriff Jensen. Based on service call records from previous years, the new contract is estimated to break down to $32.08 per hour.

Mayor Johnson remarked that the contract was non-negotiable, but it was nice to know why it was changing so much. Sheriff Kaase acknowledged that th .....
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Correction

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

In the November 16, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the November 10 county board article under the heading of County coordinator/community services director stated that “Winona County has decided not to renew the contract with Fillmore ..... 
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Rushford Village meeting draws crowd

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, November 17 Rushford Village Council meeting drew in more than a dozen interested persons. In attendance were financial consultant Mike Bubany, Bolten & Menk Engineer Brian Malm, and council candidates Dennis Peterson and Rich Smith. ..... 
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Harmony Council welcomes new Fillmore County Deputy

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met on November 10, 2015 at 7 p.m. The new Fillmore County Deputy, Samantha Keasling, introduced herself to the council. Keasling has worked in the department for six years and has also worked in Anoka County. She curr ..... 
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Public works issues in Chatfield

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the November 9 Chatfield City Council meeting, a number of public works related issues were discussed. Approval was given ordering a proposal from a mechanical engineer to analyze the current heating and cooling systems in the Thurber Building ..... 
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Ostrander considers dog ordinance

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on November 10 with all members present. Following the consent agenda items, the council heard from David and Debbie Olson regarding their five dogs. David said he knows they are in violation of the city ordinance, b ..... 
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Fountain included in PACF

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain city council met on November 5, 2015 in the city hall, with all council members present, with the exception of Jim Schott. The council heard complaints from several residents on second street in regards to a neighbor. The residents ..... 
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Whalan City Council faces zoning issue challenge

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The thorny issue of zoning permits, and recent activity of the town’s Zoning Commission, once again wove its way into the Whalan City Council meeting last Monday night at the Council’s monthly meeting. Zoning dominated the discussion, with one o ..... 
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Wykoff Council tackles repairs

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff city council met on November 9 at 7 p.m. for a regular meeting, with all members present. No visitors had signed up to address the council, so after approval of the consent agenda items, the council heard committee reports, including a r ..... 
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