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Commissioners review department budgets


Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

The county board, as part of their budget review process, met with a number of department heads on Tuesday.•Recorder’s Office. Recorder Richard Mensink informed the board that for every document the office updates and files, the state requires that $1 be put aside in a fund, which is currently at $24,000. This money is to be used for department equipment. Mensink stated that there haven’t been any expenditures from the fund in a couple of years. It is his intent that when the courthouse remodeling project is completed that several computers will be replaced as they are very outdated and have an ongoing tendency to lock-up while in use. The Recorder is also looking at a new Indexing Program that will include electronic reporting, and would allow clients to go on-line for a monthly fee. The current program was developed in the ‘80’s and there won’t be any software support available next year. Due to lower interest rates, the office has been unusually busy this year having made over 75,000 copies for documents compared to the average figure of 40,000. A lot of businesses are refinancing with each "job" producing 15 pages. This has produced a considerable boost in income for the department and a challenge in the turnover time for each document. Mensink said his staff has done an excellent job in completing the recording of real estate transactions, abstracts, researching liens, and completing it in a timely fashion. Having made all these notations, Mensink directed his presentation toward his salary as an elected official."I really feel I’ve fallen behind, though its probably not a good time to ask,” put forth Mensink. He backed his reasoning with a 2003 elected official salary comparison report that includes nine other nearby counties. The average, without Fillmore, is $47,447.08. Mensink felt Wabasha would be the closest comparison with Fillmore County and its recorder’s salary is at $51,159.00. Mensink is at $43,860.00. He has requested $50,000.00. The board will take these numbers into consideration when digesting final budget numbers. •Highway Department. High-way Engineer John Grindeland and Pam Schroeder outlined the proposed budget. The biggest hike was insurance increases with more than a $25,000 jump in costs. This is coverage through MCIT on employees and equipment. MCIT is based on a pool of customers, with some of the pool members turning in large claims thro .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Six area men were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 11, with felony criminal damage to property in the first degree stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on March 2, 2003. [Read the Rest]

Ostrander open meeting law challenge goes to court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The first jury trial to take place in the temporary courtroom set up in Chatfield City Hall will concern a suit brought by Mark Schumann, Jim Start and 40 other citizens from Ostrander against former Ostrander mayor Victor Feine and former council me ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Harmony discusses tax-free zone

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority, outlined a new project the state hopes will help fuel the rural areas’ economy called Job Opportunity Building Zone. The intent of the zone is to provide tax breaks to encourage expansion and new business g ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Possible New “JOBZ” for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council took advantage of the chance to participate in a multi-county Job Opportunity Building Zone application at their August 11th meeting. JOBZ, a marketing tool of the state of Minnesota, has a goal of stimulating development in ..... 
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Preston Mayor claims open meeting law violated by council

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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When the Preston City Council meets tonight it will have one more issue to debate: the open meeting law.

In a letter to the Preston City Council dated August 11, 2003, Preston Mayor David Pechulis claimed that City Administrator ..... 
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The scientist in the woods

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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There may be no other person in America that is more closely associated with woody agriculture than Phil Rutter.   In the June 2003 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Senior Editor Corby Kummer, in his article A New Chestnut, cre ..... 
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2004 County Fair set for third week of July

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Fair board members met Tuesday night, August 5 at the County Office Building conference room to evaluate their efforts and discuss results from the recent county fair.

President Tracy Hanson, Chatfield, Vice-President Jim Nels ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Courtroom moved to Chatfield temporarily

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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The Chatfield Municipal Building and the Thurber Community Center will become the temporary site for Fillmore County’s courtroom as construction moves forward at the courthouse. Judge Robert Benson, Court Administrator Jim Attwood, and Joel Young, Ch ..... 
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