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Lanesboro approves final Outdoor and Refuse Burning Ordinance


Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent some time looking over the 2010 budget during their meeting on November 16. The final budget will have to be approved in December.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman said Lanesboro's tax capacity went up five percent, which is the same as the five percent increase in levy the council has approved. That means taxpayers will not see any increases.

Vickerman also said the city is within the 2009 budget so far this year.

Vickerman has recommended the city pay off the water tower project bond early this year. They could then put the money back into the general fund for asphalt or capital outlay projects.

There is money set aside that Vickerman believes will need to be used to repair the northeast corner of the Community Center building. They are unsure at this time just how much that project will cost.

Vickerman expressed hope that the park board budget will be positive this year. They have been buying supplies in bulk as much as possible, and they did well this year in camping revenues.

There was also some discussion about the city's employee health insurance. According to Vickerman, there are a lot of illnesses in the group of employees that have brought the premiums up over the years. They are talking about finding their own health plan. The insurance they have now has a high deductible and high premiums. Many people have dropped their family coverage because it is so expensive.

Vickerman said she would love to answer any questions about the budget or go over any part of it with the council members.

Outdoor Stoves

The council approved the final Outdoor and Refuse Burning Ordinance with a few changes. Council member Ceil Allen asked about the language stating the rules for wood burning stoves. The council agreed it should read solid fuel, which can include things like corn, wood pellets, clean wood, and coal.

Tom Dybing noted the ordinance bans outdoor burning within 500 feet of a building on someone else's property. He said this was a long distance that would be almost impossible in most places. Vickerman said many towns add that in to discourage burning in town.

Chamber Update

Brian Luna said the Historical Preservation Society added two new members. He added that there are a lot of events coming up in Lanesboro for the holidays. There will be a B&B Tour the weekend of November 20-22. There will also be free Christmas movies for ki .....
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Rushford Village continues discussion on zoning

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The November 3, 2009, regular meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Elizabeth Atkinson, and Roger Ekern. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion, Zoning Administrator ..... 
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Preston starts process for 2010 street reconstruction

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Works Director Bill Cox discussed the city's recommendation for 2010 street improvements at the council's November 13 meeting. The council approved a resolution to begin the process to have the city engineer provide a cost estimate with a fea ..... 
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Peterson sewer project update

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Chuck Eidenschink on November 11, 2009. Council members present were: Randy Benson, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland. Also present was Lolly Melander. Jan Smaby was absent. Gues ..... 
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Sheriff continues discussion on narrowbanding

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board's November 10 meeting was dominated by the ongoing debate on which alternative will best serve the county in order to be in compliance with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) mandate to be narrowbanded by January 1, ..... 
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Canton approves one liquor license, denies another

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, November 4, 2009, with Mayor Donivee Johnson calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Cindy Shanks was a ..... 
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Harmony City Council approves exception for new meat processing and packaging plant

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Michael Aggen recently attended a Planning and Zoning meeting for the meat processing/packing plant he is planning on building in Harmony. The building is going up in the Industrial Park in the lot south of Torgerson's Auto. A special exception is n ..... 
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Rushford city council moves on

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

A packed room, with attendees searching for chairs a full 15 minutes past the start of the meeting, was the scene at the Monday, November 9, council meeting. Likely, there were some who expected intense drama at the meeting, which was the first foll ..... 
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Wykoff approves Fillmore County's authorization to sell old creamery

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 12 , 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl Davis Clerk/Tre ..... 
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