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Sheriff's department adds emergency management


Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board continued their redesign efforts at their March 2 meeting. The department head position, director of emergency management/veteran affairs, is no more. The board approved an agreement between the county and the Law Enforcement Labor Services, Local 85. They agree to add the employee position of chief jailer/dispatcher/emergency management. The board previously added a veteran services officer under the newly created department head position of community services administrator who also oversees social services, the director of nursing and the office support lead.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen will take on the additional duties of assistant emergency manager. The board opened up his salary to add an additional $300 per month to his salary for his added responsibilities. The additional $300 per month will only be added to the sheriff's salary as long as he continues to take on the added duties. Chairman Duane Bakke noted the total cost for the emergency management team will be $7,200 annually, half for the sheriff and half for the jailer/dispatcher/emergency management. He said this will be a considerable savings for emergency management. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud said this adds a huge new responsibility to the sheriff's department.

Interoperable

Communications

Commissioner Tom Kaase attended a National Association of Counties (NACO) policy forum in Mobile, Alabama, on interoperable communications as the Southeast Minnesota Radio Board representative. Others attending from the area included Steve Borchardt, Southeast Minnesota Radio Interoperability coordinator, Rick Freshwater, Olmsted County Radio technician, and Judy Indrelie, special projects coordinator/grant administrator Olmsted County.

Kaase said many states and American Samoa were represented. The conference was held to discuss policies and procedures for local and regional emergency first responder communications and how to make them better. All expenses were paid for through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Kaase believes Minnesota is ahead of a lot of states with interoperability. He said a common concern was how do pay for the communication upgrades and improved interoperability.

Property Tax DVD

County Assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt played a DVD put out by the League of Minnesota Cities, Association of Minnesota Counties and the School Board Association explaining fourteen reasons property taxes can go up .....
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Snow removal hazards

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen said that because of the above average ..... 
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Whalan discusses Town Hall grant

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Whalan City Council was called to order by acting Mayor David Rahn on February 1, 2010. Those present were: Larry Johnson, David Rahn, Johnny Halverson, Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander. The minutes from ..... 
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Rushford Village explores sewer options used by Fountain

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The February 9, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Absent: Dennis Overland. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney ..... 
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Senator Ropes discusses LGA funds with Peterson City Council

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The February monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Schwenn. Pam Kunert and Frances Ruehmann were absent.

Motion by Christenson, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to accept the ..... 
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Township elections

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

Township residents will have an opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice to fill open officer positions on their township board on March 9. In most townships the election times will run from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. However, there are the ..... 
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Preston targets budget reductions

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Preston City Council's March 1 meeting the council tried to pencil in a workable solution to the expected additional reduction of nearly $100,000 in Local Government Aid (LGA) per Governor Tim Pawlenty's budget proposal. City Administrator Jo ..... 
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Thompson will be acting mayor of Ostrander while Schwenn is absent

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The February monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Schwenn. Pam Kunert and Frances Ruehmann were absent.

Motion by Christenson, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to accept the ..... 
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Lanesboro talks about getting a grocery store

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

Several people gathered at the recent Lanesboro City Council meeting to talk about the possibility of getting a grocery store up and running in town. Six community members have formed the Lanesboro Grocery, LLC (Limited Liability Company), to suppor ..... 
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