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Harmony City Council sets preliminary budget


Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Harmony City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with the preliminary budget and levy at their September 9 meeting. He outlined the changes made to the budget with the levy at $551,492.

“I would like to see us do more than this,” he said.

Jerry Shuck suggested $570,000, and a motion was made and passed.

Illg reminded everyone this was a not-to-exceed amount. They could lower the amount before the budget is finalized in December, but they cannot increase it.

“This allows us some flexibility,” said Illg. He noted the taxpayers would not see an increase if left at $551,492, but at $570,000, there would be a slight increase. Taxpayers will receive their Truth in Taxation notices in November and will be able to come to the council with concerns or questions during the Truth in Taxation meeting in December.

1st Avenue

City Engineer Brett Grabau gave an update on the finishing touches of the 1st Avenue SW street project.

The first two lifts of pavement are down, and the third is being held off to let the base settle a little. The third lift will be put down sometime between October 6 and 18. The striping will be completed within a week after that. The mail boxes will be back up this week.

Another issue with 1st Avenue came up, and Illg explained it to the council. He said the definition of a county road states it has to connect to another county road or a state highway. 1st Avenue meets up with Highway 44 on one end, but the other end connects to a residential street.

To fix this problem easily, it was suggested the city pass a resolution making the segment of street from 1st Avenue to Main Avenue a continuation of County Rd. 35. Illg said he didn’t see any reason not to do this. The snow removal would remain the same and there would potentially be some cost sharing with the county. The council passed the resolution.

Building and Maintenance

City Maintenance Employee Chris Johnson mentioned the garage door at the shop that was replaced with insurance money recently. He said the new door is barely big enough to get the tractor in. He said the old door is still at the shop, and still in working condition. He spoke with a contractor who could make a door on the east side and use the old garage door.

Johnson has been approached by a few people asking if they could have some .....
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Chatfield sets preliminary 2015 budget/levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

By Karen Reisner Prior to the September 8 city council meeting the Committee of the Whole met to discuss Chatfield’s preliminary budget and levy for 2015. The proposed preliminary budget/levy was adopted at the regular city council meeting. T ..... 
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Trees, taxes, and Taste of the Trail take center stage at Whalan council meeting

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

In the early ‘90s nearly 100 trees were planted in the town of Whalan to help beautify the community. That planting included a stand of basswood trees on the boulevard near the area now known as the “the Whalan plaza.” Nearly 25 years later th ..... 
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New scholarships available for Minnesota’s beginning farmers

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is launching a new Farm Business Management (FBM) scholarship program for beginning farmers. Minnesota residents who have farmed less than 10 years can receive scholarships for half t ..... 
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Fillmore County police reports

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office Logan Lyle Huebner, 46, Summer, Iowa; 7/15/2014, Speeding - 65/55; Fees $130. Ryne Daniel Kimball, 22, Spring Valley, Minn.; 6/30/2014, Disorderly Conduct - Offensive/Abusive/Noisy/Obscene; Fine of $1,000 (sta ..... 
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Fountain City Council approves budget

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
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Approving the budget was one of many items on the agenda as the Fountain City Council met Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at the city hall in Fountain, Minn. The meeting began one hour earlier than usual in order to complete a WebEx telep ..... 
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DreamAcres welcomes touring Minneapolis puppet troupe

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

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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Peterson’s County 25 hearing draws full house

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

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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Cowboy Concert

Fri, Sep 12th, 2014

The public is invited to a Country Gospel Concert presented by area musicians at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church (in the village of Fillmore) at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. This group of musicians has grown over the past few years through the ..... 
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