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Pilot Mound Township meeting draws a crowd


Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

Following the detailed events of the November 9 Pilot Mound Township meeting that was covered in the November 23 issue of the Fillmore County Journal, the next monthly meeting was sure to draw a crowd from Pilot Mound residents concerned with the conflicts arising from their elected township board.

On Monday, December 14, the monthly Pilot Mound Township meeting audience attendance was up from 17 in November to 23 in December.

The stage was set with an agenda that carried the meeting from 7:31 p.m. to an adjournment at 10:37 p.m. -- lasting almost as long as the November monthly board meeting.

While the township board seemed to jump around a bit on the 27-item agenda, there were four notable developments during the meeting.

Modification of Minutes

In an amazing turn of events, while the township board reviewed the November 9 meeting minutes for approval consideration, chairperson Steve Erickson responded to Joyce Borgen's "Resignation Argument" presented at the November meeting -- also detailed in the meeting minutes.

According to Erickson, based on his consultation with the township attorney, "state statute indicates that you cannot discuss employee performance issues in an open meeting." Hence, Erickson requested that the two other voting board members, Lowell Stephas and Vern Crowson, carry forward a motion to strike Borgen's "Resignation Argument" from the minutes.

Borgen replied to Erickson's request with an indication that her statement could not be stricken from the meeting minutes because it actually happened.

Systematically, Erickson, Crowson and Stephas moved forward with a motion and approval to strike Borgen's statement of accusations from the November 9 meetingminutes.

Borgen indicated to the board, "What you are doing is wrong! I will be following up with the township attorney on this."

Erickson replied, "That's fine Joyce. This is how we will proceed until we hear differently."

There were a number of other finer points in the November 9 meeting minutes that were discussed, modified and approved by the three voting members of the board. In all instances, Borgen referenced her transcription of the meeting minutes was based on the audio recording from the meeting.

Status of Chairman

Chairperson Steve Erickson addressed the two voting board members, asking them how they felt about his performance. Vern Crowson indicated he was happy with Ericks .....
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Lanesboro school board approves levy certification budget

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meeting to order. The board approved the agenda as p ..... 
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Hearing set for Preston 2010 street improvements

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau, Bonestroo, presented the engineering firm's feasibility report for the proposed 2010 street improvements at the Preston City Council's December 8 meeting. The council unanimously accepted the report and set a public hearing for January ..... 
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Harmony approves 2.6-percent increase

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Truth and Taxation Public Hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting that was held on December 8. Nobody from the public came to voice any concerns or questions about the budget or the tax levy.

The council approved t ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses possibilities with Health Reimbursement Account

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Public Hearing was held for the 2010 Budget and Tax Levy before the regular Lanesboro Council meeting on December 8. Nobody from the community came with any questions or concerns.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that Lanesbor ..... 
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Canton approves 2010 budget

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, December 2, 2009. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. In addition to Mayor Johnson, council members present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsvin ..... 
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Aggen variance approved

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held on December 10 by the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment, after which they unanimously approved a variance for Lynn and Barb Aggen of Harmony. A variance was requested to build closer than the 1,000 foot setback from the s ..... 
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Clarification of public communication options

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners are continuing to gather information in order to make the best choice to comply with the 2013 narrowband mandate. Steve Borchardt, statewide radio board southern regional interoperability coordinator, along with Fil ..... 
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Wastewater plant in Fountain soon to begin operation

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The final details were worked out at the December 3 Fountain City Council meeting in preparation to get the wastewater treatment plant up and running. McGhie and Betts engineer Dave Morrill says the plant is tentatively scheduled to be put into oper ..... 
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