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Pilot Mound continues to work through controversies


Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The board room was heated and filled to capacity once more on January 11 as the Pilot Mound Township board worked their way through controversial issues on their agenda. Public comment on the conflict between township clerk Joyce Borgen and chairman Steve Erickson, along with the almost decade-long dispute on the status of the T-25 road, dominated the three and one half hour meeting.

Harrow Road and Related

Dispute

Listed on the agenda was a "requested public comment time." Erickson remarked the crowd feels free to speak up when they want to. Borgen responded she thinks the request was to comment on your (Erickson) job performance. Erickson then asked if there were any comments.

When no one spoke up immediately, Borgen went on to report, in reference to the deletion of Borgen's "resignation argument" from the November 9 minutes at the December 14 meeting, that the township attorney had given his opinion on the matter. The MAT attorney, according to Borgen, determined that supervisors are elected officials and not under the authority of the board, so the closed meeting law for employees was not applicable. Erickson remarked the minutes record is what occurred. Borgen said, speaking to the crowd, "You have a board that chooses to delete comments."

One of the residents commented that his perception was that this is a dysfunctional board. If I were to bring up a concern about a supervisor, it would be my assumption that it would go into the minutes. He also suggested there be a discussion of the clerk's duties. Erickson agreed the duties aren't real clear.

Borgen countered saying "Just because I'm a board member and clerk doesn't mean I don't have a right to speak." She said, "We have some problems here, I don't vote, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't be heard." It had been requested by a member of the board that she complete her minutes and get them to the supervisors two weeks before the next meeting, giving them time to review them. She said the MAT attorney said hers is an elected office and she answers to the voters, not the supervisors.

Erickson said County Attorney Brett Corson, in a letter, saw no reason to proceed with criminal charges. Borgen added, "Corson said he would review it in the future." A resident (Don), said that Corson said there was no criminal action because he took a wide scope. He said open meeting laws were violated. The discussion was referring to an application Erickson had s .....
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Spring Valley designations

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Beginning of the year housework is what the Spring Valley City Council dealt with on Monday night. A number of resolutions were passed by the Council:

Resolution 2010-01 designated the Spring Valley Tribune as the official newspaper.

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Chatfield council authorizes lobbyist for Potter

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Clerk Joel Young detailed recent progress on the effort to revitalize Potter at the council's first meeting in the new year on January 11. He asked councilors to review two preliminary documents including an agreement for the school district to ..... 
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Canton city council

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Tuesday, January 5, 2010 with acting Mayor Cindy Shanks calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Donivee Johnson, Carl Ernst, Henry Selden, Lolly Melander and Jon Nordsving. Ross Duckett wa ..... 
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2010 Census kick-off in Rochester

Mon, Jan 11th, 2010
Posted in Government

Press Conference: 2010 Census Kick-Off

January 15, 2010

10 a.m.

Where: Government Center

151 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN 55904

What:

The 2010 Census has already brought jobs to your community, now as we k ..... 
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Annual meeting of the County Board

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The county commissioners made their way through a long list of annual housekeeping business at their first meeting of the new year on January 5. The first business in the new year was to elect a new chairman, Duane Bakke, and a new vice chairman, Ma ..... 
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City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The December 15, 2009, regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion and Clerk Joyce Iverson, ..... 
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Fountain wastewater plant soon to be operating

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, advised the Fountain city council at their January 7 meeting that the wastewater treatment plant is scheduled to go into operation on the following Monday and Tuesday.

A combination of adverse weather, equipm ..... 
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Preston puts teeth into sidewalk snow removal ordinance

Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

After considerable discussion, the Preston City Council unanimously adopted at their January 4 meeting a fee structure to enforce the city's ordinance pertaining to snow removal on sidewalks. The city has received numerous complaints.

The cu ..... 
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