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County holds public hearing on bonding


Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

The bonding hearing for the courthouse remodeling project at Tuesdays county board meeting met no opposition as Michael Bubany, David Drown & Associates, reviewed the $3.8 million Capital Improvement Bonds (CIP) schedule. There was plenty of seating space as Bubany explained the number crunching process that would allow the county to fund the building project.

The county has no outstanding CIP bonds, or any other kind of debt for that matter, Bubany told the board.

The countys 2003 payable market value is at $1,281,352,300. The legal lending limit for CIPs is .05367% of market value, which pens out at $687,702. The twenty-year repayment schedule for this project is based on an average yearly payment of $301,040, less than half of the maximum lending limit available.

Bubany showed an annual tax impact scale and how it would effect property owners, which includes the 2.588% additional tax rate needed to help pay for the construction work (See Fillmore Capital Improvement Bond Impact).

With very few questions from the public, the hearing was closed. Preliminary approval to issue general obligation Capital Improvement Plan bonds, not to exceed $3.8 million, was approved.

Courthouse design

With the bonding issue resolved, the board was ready to meet with Kane & Johnson Architects to review design changes and answer questions raised at the last county board meeting. Jason Woodhouse led the discussion, touching first on the construction phasing, which is scheduled to start in April 2003. He outlined his offices perception of what the lower and upper temporary office spaces would look like as the building and remodeling took place. There would be a two to three week time frame to allow departments to move into their temporary digs before the next phase of work would begin.

Bullet-proof glazing, inoperable windows and restrooms were discussed again as they had been sensitive topics at a previous meeting. Mechanical Engineer Stan Maass assured the board that they would be able to provide quality heat/air movement for offices that would have inoperable windows. The windowsills would be three feet off the floor. Glazing standards run on a scale of 1-8, with the countys windows falling at the 4 mark.

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Pawlentys cuts hit local organizations hard

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Blend a heap of revenue shortfalls and a bunch of budget deficits and simmer at low heat; fold in a pledge for no new taxes, then mix in a divided legislature. Chill and serve to a wary citizenry.

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Fillmore County District Court:Heath guilty of drug charges

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Mark Anthony Heath of Lanesboro was found guilty in Fillmore County District Court on five counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine, stemming from an incident on May 6, 2002 in Rushford.

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Budget concerns drive Rushford Council decisions

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
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Police Chief Sam Stensgard joined the Rushford City Council at their February 10 meeting to discuss the possibility of purchasing a new squad car. Stensgard had previously sent a memo to the council outlining his recommendation to purchase a second p ..... 
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Initiative Fund helps Rushford evaluate their community

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
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The Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) presented their "site visit reflections" to the Rushford Community Thursday night at the Rushford-Peterson school theater to an audience of approximately twenty-four people. SMIF had visited Rushfor ..... 
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New administrator attends first Harmony council meeting

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
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Due to bad weather on the evening of the Harmony City Councils meeting, this reporter wasnt able to attend. However, a telephone interview with the citys new Administrator was conducted.

Jerome Illg of Brooklyn Park, MN atten ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editors note: Due to inclement weather, the Journals reporter was unable to attend Monday nights meeting. The following article is based on an interview with City Administrator Barbara Hoyhtya.  By John Torgrimson&n ..... 
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Choosing to live in rural America

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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A December article in the New York Times was titled "Pastoral Poverty; The Seeds of Despair." The article compared the current "rural collapse" to the inner city collapse of a few decades ago, and focused on poor rural counties all over the United St ..... 
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Commissioners Report

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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"With the Boards approval, I will be applying for a state and federal Domestic Preparedness Equipment and Training Grant," said Larry Hunt, Emergency Services Director, as he addressed the Commissioners during their weekly meeting. The money would b ..... 
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