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Lanesboro Council considers Administrative Citation Ordinance


Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

At their July 21st meeting, the Lanesboro City Council discussed the proposed administrative citation ordinance. Posing the philosophical question, "Is the purpose to increase public safety or to bring in more dollars?" Councilman Joe O’Connor presented his concerns about the open-ended wording used in the ordinance. O’Connor stressed he wanted assurance that a state or city ordinance or statute backed each citation.

Police Chief Stuart Stotts, giving the background of the need for the administrative ordinance, said that he thought there was a fine schedule in existence in Lanesboro when he started there so he ordered ticket books rather than using the inappropriate warning tickets of the past. After he received the tickets, he found there was no fine schedule set up. In the past, police officers used their discretion in determining the amount of fine. Stotts urged the council to pass an administrative ordinance in an effort to maintain consistency in dealing with offenses. Stotts commented, "I think it’s a good initiative. Citizens of the community need to be able to pick up a piece of paper and see that it’s consistent. Part-time officers need to know what the ordinances are." Stotts went on to assure the council, "I’d reject any ticket that came in without an ordinance or statute cited."

Under the administrative citation, fines would be paid to the city and stay in the city’s coffers. Currently, a large share of fines such as speeding tickets is sent away to the state with little remaining in the city. While a speeding ticket costs the violator $110 now, under the proposed administrative citation it would cost $65. In this circumstance, the speeder would pay less, and the city would receive more with the state losing out on a share of the revenue. A person who chose to argue his innocence would still have the option of receiving a regular ticket rather than the administrative citation.

A revised ordinance with fine schedule will be presented at the next council meeting for consideration.

Other Business

In other business, the council heard that the spray park project was feasible and will proceed with construction beginning as early as mid-September and completion set for next spring. Councilwoman Peggy Hanson expressed her concern that the council, as the ultimate owners, needed to be beneficiaries of the contract with the engineers for the spr .....
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New recreational facility will need Preston City funds

Fri, Jul 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Monday for about three hours with Mayor Dave Pechulis, Mike Gartner, and Heath Mensink in attendance. Jerry Scheevel is recovering from heart surgery and Mike McGarvey was also absent.

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Cemeteries are scattered across the landscape

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

Sitting peacefully off a gravel road north of Highland is a small cemetery. If you have driven by it, you probably only gave it a passing glance. Most people do not know, however, that most of those buried in the 136 year old cemetery were of Quaker ..... 
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Fillmore County Planning Commission: Quarries dominate planning commission meeting

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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Commissioner Randy Dahl thinks that when quarry operators lie to a county commissioner, they should have their quarry permits revoked. Dahl told as much to Jeff Roverud of Peterson Brothers of Harmony at the Fillmore County Planning Commission meetin ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: City will re-open bidding process on generators

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council voted unanimously to re-open the bidding process for electrical generators at their Monday, July 14 meeting. The Council had previously awarded the bid to Zeigler Power Systems for three 2200 kW Caterpillar generators with m ..... 
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Harmony Wastewater project coming closer to target

Fri, Jul 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

The following is a summary of the July 15th council meeting.  Charles Janski, Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik & Associates, met with the council and gave an update on the project. Following a telescopic inspection of more than 7, ..... 
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Davids: “We did some good things for rural Minnesota”

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

Journal Editor John Torgrimson sat down with Representative Greg Davids of Preston this week to look back at the recently concluded 2003 Minnesota legislative session. Here is a summary of Torgrimson’s interview with Representative Davids:
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Sanchez in court on ATV charges

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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Juan Carlo Sanchez appeared in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, July 7 for a Rule 8 hearing. Sanchez is being held in the Fillmore County Jail and is charged with 27 counts related to the theft of ATV’s and other motor vehicles. This include ..... 
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County Board accepts reviews on GIS and Coordinator positions

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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In 2000, the board enlisted the services of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, a firm that reviews county job descriptions, their ongoing changes, and current duties. The firm makes recommendations on classifications that e ..... 
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