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Lanesboro City Council discusses budget


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd presented the council with a preliminary budget for 2015 at their meeting on August 4. He figured out what they spent to date and estimated that if things stay the same the rest of the year, there will be a 2.8 percent increase in the levy for 2015. He added that financial advisor Mike Bubany recommended they increase the budget 3-4 percent each year.

According to Todd, the tax base may increase due to new construction in town, which would make the increase less.

Councilor Tom Smith said he would like the council to sit down with the department heads and go over their budgets with them. He would like to find areas in which they can cut expenses.

“Taxes are high, utility rates are high,” said Smith. “We’re keeping people out of town.”

Todd brought up the auditor’s comment from last month about having low reserves. Right now the city has 26 percent of their general fund set aside for reserves, which is lower than it has ever been.

“The only way to increase that is to have a cushion built into the line items,” said Todd. He said there was an additional $40,000 in the street fund that was not used a couple of years ago, so it was put in reserves, where it was used the next year when it was needed. He said the department heads are careful not to spend money in the budget unless it is needed.

Todd said Lanesboro didn’t raise their levy for four years, and then last year they had to catch up with a big increase. “If we raise it nominally we won’t have to do that.”

He said he would speak with the department heads about meeting with council members about their budgets.

Church Hill Parking Lot

Dan Anderson approached the council with quotes for asphalt to blacktop the parking lot at Church Hill Condominiums. The lowest quote he got was for $3,600.

“Now the question is do we want to do that? Do we want to spend the money at all?” asked Mayor Steve Rahn. His concern was whether or not it would benefit the city.

Anderson said it’s a city street, with the city responsible for 75 of the cost of upkeep. They have put in a curb, and would be willing to pay 25 percent of the cost of blacktop. He said it’s used by the church, it’s a public street, and he would like to keep it that way.

Todd said he had heard concerns from a res .....
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Rushford Village updates sticky ordinances, policies

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council discussed the need for modification to existing policies and ordinances at the Tuesday, August 5 meeting. Spurred by questions from Public Works/Maintenance Director Bob Thieret, City Clerk Kristina Mart suggested the ci ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Spring Valley makes an offer for ambulance director

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council is in the process of hiring a new ambulance director. Since Jim Cooper announced in April that he was going to retire on August 15 the council has been working on finding a replacement. After the advertising phase for ..... 
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Rushford considers managed hunting within city limits

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The issue of deer population control in Rushford has once again been brought to the forefront of council discussions. The council had reviewed options in 2012 and 2013 due to the damage inflicted on vegetation and hazards to traffic. In 2013, the co ..... 
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Preston wraps up details for North Industrial Park

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council worked through an unusually long agenda at their July 21 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. A public hearing was held related to the proposed utility improvements for the North Industrial Park. Brett Grabau, St ..... 
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County to consider local option sales tax

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

County Engineer Ron Gregg reviewed an eight-year capital improvement plan for county roads at the board’s July 22 meeting. The plan has to be in place, detailing specific improvement projects, before funds can be generated by a Local Option Sales ..... 
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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes. HON will s ..... 
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Rushford EDA revamps forbearance terms

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

There’s no denying that the Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan fund has done great things for Rushford’s economic growth. At least two past audits have garnered praise for its efforts. Still, there is room for improvement, as note ..... 
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