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Funding, levies, and budgets on Lanesboro Council minds


Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Lanesboro City Council adopted a proposed levy of $310,105 at their meeting September 15. An estimated eight percent increase in tax capacity is expected for Lanesboro; the city tax rate will remain at .75022. The impact of this will be an $87 increase in city taxes on a $75,000 home and a $179 increase for a $75,000 commercial property. Council member Joe O’Connor presented a proposed 2004 budget to the council based on that levy. In the budget, funding was kept at the same level as in the revised 2003 budget. Step increases were given all employees while capped health insurance remained the same. Lanesboro’s LGA (local government aid) remains the same as last year ($232,294). No major equipment purchases have been included in the budget, no money has been set aside for an EDA employee or any other hiring in 2004, and no flowers are planned for Parkway Avenue. Money has been budgeted for the codification of city ordinances and law enforcement was budgeted the same as in 2003. Funds generated as a result of the eight percent tax capacity will be used for increased city utility bills and the operating reserve. The city’s department heads will now be given a chance to review the proposed budget.Priorities Set for New AdministratorThe Hiring Committee created a list of priorities for Bobbie Torgerson, the new city administrator. Priorities included financial aspects, police protection, goal setting for all city departments, helping the Ambulance Director to establish ambulance policies and procedures, preparing a new personnel policy manual, completing the recodification of the city ordinances, and developing a working knowledge of the city’s current major projects such as Church Hill, Center for the Arts, and the back-up generators.During the discussion of these priorities, the council asked about the status of the police coverage. City attorney Tom Manion informed the council that the Preston city attorney had contacted him and had been directed to draft a proposed contract for Lanesboro police services. The council discussed creating a committee with members from both cities to further plan for shared Preston/Lanesboro police protection.Codification of the city ordinances, another item on the priority list, has been budgeted for and the city has already committed $10,000 to it. City Attorney Tom Manion suggested it might be easier to start from scratch with a temp .....
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Floating in a cloudless sky

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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“Your first time up in a glider?” Steve Fischer asks me. Steve is a mechanical engineer from the metro area whose passion in life is flying gliders.   “Yah,” I shout out above the noise of the wind.   ..... 
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2003 drought reduces profit potential

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

There is a saying among farmers, no matter where they live, that it “always rains around here ten minutes before it is too late”. After abundant rainfall up until mid-July, the 2003 growing season appears to be one when the rains may be even later th ..... 
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County approves 2004 budget

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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“Department heads have really sharpened their pencils and come through", praised Policy Coordinator Karen Brown as the county board reviewed new figures submitted from county departments on Tuesday. Brown had informed offices, after last week’s meeti ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford generators selected; site approval next step

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Richard Fogal, chairman of the Electric Commission, presented the Commission’s recommendation to accept the Ziegler bid to the Rushford City Council at their meeting September 8. Ziegler’s (Caterpillar) bid was $43,000 less than their previous bid an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: City Council approves budget, sets levy

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Harmony City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a preliminary budget proposal, showing an increase in the city’s budget of $89,487. The city council on Tuesday, set the budget at $310,674, up from $221,187 in 2003. The 2004 levy was set at $458,805. ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•David Ray Merkel, 42, Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, September 8 with Manufacture of Methamphet-amine, a felony.

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Take pride in American literary heritage and see “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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There’s a line in Streetcar Named Desire where high school English teacher Blanch Dubois laments the fact that her students don’t care much about their American literary heritage. And that got me to thinking about how, with the recent surge in patrio ..... 
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Governor Pawlenty requests federal disaster aid for drought stricken counties

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Governor Tim Pawlenty has announced that he will request that approximately 49 Minnesota counties be designated as federal agricultural disaster areas by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture because of severe drought. The Governor’s announcement came du ..... 
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