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Harmony City Council Report: Delinquent utility, ambulance, and fire call charges require action


Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

With more than $11,000 worth of outstanding ambulance and fire call charges, and several delinquent utility bills floating on Harmony’s accounting records, council members took an official stand as City Administrator Jerome Illg stressed the need to clean up the receivable columns at the Tuesday, February 10 council meeting.

The first action re-addressed emergency call charges.

At the November Council meeting, it was decided that the city’s attorney, Richard Nethercut, would send out letters demanding payment for services rendered. Though over $2,600 was collected, more than twice that amount is still due. Illg explained that Eileen Schansberg, Deputy Clerk, had spent a lot of energy in trying to clear these accounts up. Part of the problem is that current addresses are not known for some individuals; one has filed bankruptcy; and others have made no effort to clear the charges.

The council voted to take overdue accounts to small claims court once they are over 90 days past due. Delinquent utilities were dwelt with next.

“Our current plan allows a customer almost 75 days of service for non-payment before they are disconnected. The proposed plan would avoid large balances that result from over two full months under our current plan,” stated Illg in his memorandum to Harmony’s City Council.

“If a customer cannot pay one month’s bill, how would they be capable of paying two months before being disconnected?” challenged Illg.

The proposal would work like this: period of service from 1/16/04 through 2/15/04 would be billed on 2/29/04 with a payment due by 3/15/04. If not received, a Notice of Disconnection would be given on 3/25/04. The service would be disconnected on 4/5/04 if not paid.

Council members agreed that the accumulating utility charges are a problem. Some individuals simply do not make an honest effort to clear their tab. (It was noted that there is a payment plan option for those who may have fallen on hard times and are at least trying to clear their accounts.)

“I would recommend that we make this change so we can avoid large utility balances for customers that do not pay. It would increase our cash flow tremendously and make it easier to collect on past due amounts quicker and sooner,” summed up Illg’s memorandum.

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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Jason Allen Kniseley, 20, of Rushford, was charged with one felony count of criminal damage to property in the first degree, stemming from a domestic dispute in Rushford on November 25, 2003. Kniseley has also be ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Standby generator permit okayed

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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Another step was taken in the process of building standby electric generation in Rushford when, at the February 9th Rushford City Council meeting, City Administrator Larry Bartelson announced the MPCA had granted the permit for Rushford’s standby gen ..... 
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Ibsen’s Rosmersholm strikes contemporary theme

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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As far as I know, I have not one drop of Norwegian blood. But living in Minnesota, I am Norwegian by association.

So I was as pleased as the next guy when Eric Lorentz Bunge spoke a few phrases in the mother tongue as he introdu ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Fillmore County to develop methamphetamine ordinance

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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“Toxic waste problems have long lasting effects,” emphasized Sharon Serfling, Director of Public Health and Sheriff Jim Connolly as they opened up discussion regarding the county’s need to develop a methamphetamine ordinance.

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County’s purchase policy reviewed

Fri, Feb 13th, 2004
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During the reviewing of weekly warrants a few weeks ago, a $3,200 bill for an air conditioning unit purchased by the Sheriff’s Department was flagged. The commissioners challenged the bill noting, in their opinion that all departments must receive ap ..... 
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Ski jumping was once a familiar winter sporting event in the area

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Sometime in the 1800’s (or even before that) one Norwegian told another Norwegian that he could ski down a mountain, jump off a jump, and fly farther than the other Norwegian.

So, mythologically speaking, was born the sport of ..... 
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County continues to move ahead on E911 project

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
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With all the controversy and sometimes-misinterpreted information about the county’s ongoing work on an E911 system, the County Board on Tuesday decided it was time to try and quell some of the concerns on this issue.

Yes, the ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Feb 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

David Keith Strike, 47, of LeRoy, appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Tuesday on two felony charges of theft by check. According to the criminal complaint, on January 3, 2003, Strike issued a check in th ..... 
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