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Spring Valley plans for additional LGA cuts


Fri, Jan 8th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council had a special meeting on Wednesday night to discuss issues and what projects the city would like to deal with in 2010. City Administrator Deb Zimmer set the pace of the meeting by again cautioning the council on the impending financial crisis that the city will be facing.

Zimmer explained up front that the purpose of the meeting was to review the status of each department and what their needs will be this year and that no action will be taken on anything at this time.

Tourism Committee Proposal

According to Zimmer, the Tourism Committee Proposal includes appointing a five-member board to promote tourism with funds being used as such. The majority of the funds received will be spent on promotional activities to bring tourists to Spring Valley. At the discretion of the committee a small portion (less than 20 percent) can be used for assistance to local tourist attractions and manage the tourist information center. The five-member committee will be appointed by the mayor with terms being three years. Members must be a resident or owner or employee of business within the city limits. The committee will work on advertising, getting local businesses to put together package promotions, and arranging staff at the tourist information center and to distribute spring brochures to other information centers.

If approved at a future meeting, the city will advertise for committee members.

Planning for Possible LGA Cuts

The issue of cutting LGA from the state to the city has been an ongoing problem as city officials attempt to define where cuts will have to come without cutting back on services. Deb Zimmer said, "It is going to get pretty ugly!" Planning for additional cuts to LGA will need to be done by either increasing revenue or decreasing expenditures.

Increase Revenues

The paragraph dealing with increasing revenue was short. One idea would be to divide $20,000 in cable access fees between the general fund and cable fund. Another idea would be to charge a fine for failure to license dogs by May 31.

Decrease Expenditures

Zimmer pointed out that many areas are already cut to minimum, making it hard for additional cuts. These are legislative, elections, administration, legal, city hall and employee safety. On the flip side, cuts to administration would mean staff, which further complicates the segregation of duties. Cuts to employee safety could cost more in .....
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Rushford city administrator gets new contract

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

In what some locals have dubbed a strange turn of events, City Administrator Windy Block's contract with the city was amended at a special meeting, Monday, December 21st. The new contract comes as a conclusion to a surprise proposal at the November ..... 
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Rushford council votes to keep liquor store in operation

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

At the Monday, December 28th meeting, two outgoing councilors and the outgoing mayor helped to determine the fate of the city's much debated muncipal liquor store. A presentation by store manager Diane Jonsgaard and City Administrator Windy Block det ..... 
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Preston adopts final 2009 levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

No one from the general public took the opportunity to comment on the budget and the levy collectible in 2010 at the December 21 Preston City Council meeting.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman used pie charts to break down the city's expenses ..... 
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County advances toward ARMER communications

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

After months of study and discussion, the county board unanimously passed a resolution at their December 22 meeting to have a participation plan developed for the migration into the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) public safety co ..... 
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Peterson approves bid-letting for sewer plant

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Eidenschink on December 9, 2009. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Randy Benson, and Bill Grindland. Absent: Jan Smaby, Lolly Melander. Michelle Vreise and Wayne S ..... 
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Burr Oak extension resolved

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council, on December 21, held a closed meeting lasting about three quarters of an hour to discuss litigation resulting from the contract made with Winona Mechanical for the Burr Oak Extension. Following the closed meeting, the cou ..... 
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Predicted cost of levee system improvements $1.1 million

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a final report at the Monday, December 14th, meeting the Rushford City Council was presented with a detailed list of procedures, and a corresponding price tag, for addressing levee system recertification. The predicted cost in making the levee co ..... 
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Spring Valley budget approved

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

There were no members of the public present as the Spring Valley City Council went about their business on Monday night. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Struzyk at 6:01 p.m. The odd time of 6:01 as compared to starting the meeting at the us ..... 
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