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April, National County Government month


Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the March 24 meeting of the Fillmore County board a resolution was approved recognizing National County Government Month. The nation has 3,069 counties. The emphasis is “counties moving America forward: The keys are Transportation and Infrastructure.”

The National Association of Counties (NACo) is “encouraging counties to focus on how they have improved their communities through road projects, new bridges, building new facilities, water and sewer improvements and other public works activities.” Transportation infrastructure is key to “everything from residents’ daily commutes to shipping goods around the world.”

Chairman Duane Bakke noted Fillmore County has added the half cent sales tax to fund local road and bridge improvements. He continued that we don’t know what the state’s transportation package will be. Much of the needed maintenance is not getting done because of funding shortages. Some bridges have been closed.

County engineer Ron Gregg explained that federal bridge money may go to the state and some will spill over from the state system to use on the local system.

Centralized reporting of abuse of vulnerable adults

Social Service Manager Neva Beier and County Attorney Brett Corson discussed a new state requirement which will require centralized reporting of suspected abuse of vulnerable adults. Corson said he and Beier are opposed to this, insisting that local reporting is more efficient and responsive. The new process is scheduled to begin in July. Corson said this is another layer of reporting. He asked why not take the money allocated for a centralized system and send it to the local level?

County coordinator Bobbie Vickerman had tried to check into the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) position on this legislation. AMC apparently took a neutral position on the legislation since the original intent was to eliminate some administrative duties on the county end. Corson referred to other past experiences with centralized reporting, which actually caused a slowdown of the process by a few days.

Social workers were concerned about vulnerable adults that live at home. Centralized reporting could cause a lag time of two or three days, which is a concern. The most vulnerable adults are the ones in their own homes. She didn’t want them falling through the cracks. Community services director Beth Wilms agreed with Corson that ce .....
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Government this week - 3.30.15

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Thursday, April 2, Fountain City Council, City Hall, 7:30 p.m. • Monday, April 6, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, April 6, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. Schedule subject to change.

Bids accepted for Spring Valley Industrial Park project

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on March 23, attended by all members (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Tom Wente g ..... 
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Canton supports state funding for city streets

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

A resolution supporting state funding for streets in cities with population under 5,000 was approved at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on March 11. Minnesota has over 141,000 miles of roadway and 13% of those, over 19,000 miles, ar ..... 
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Houston City Council amends city several city codes

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on May 12. Before the regularly scheduled meeting a public hearing was held to discuss a draft of ordinances that will amend city code in several areas. Changes were made to several ordinances including trees, ..... 
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Rushford Village hits “attractive nuisance” dilemma

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Planning and Zoning Commission has spent considerable time in the last several years updating and clarifying zoning ordinances. Confusing or unneeded language, poor definition, and complicated variables have been carefully irone ..... 
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Government this week - 3.23.15

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, March 23, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, March 23, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, March 23, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, March 24, Fillmore County C ..... 
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Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee hearing

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is pictured with area resident Jerrold Tesmer at a recent Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee hearing. At the meeting, Tesmer was honored with a House resolution for his many years of dedicated s ..... 
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Letter about wrong-doing in Houston County...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

To the Editor, The first writing of the U.S. Constitution gave only white male landowners the right to vote. People saw how unjust and mistaken that was. Over the course of our history, the constitution was rewritten to become an inclusive document ..... 
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