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Rushford Council discusses costs


Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

In a fairly cut and dry meeting, the council met Monday, April 12th, and combed through areas of city functions which they are hoping to fine tune financially. First up on the agenda was the topic of the municipal liquor store. It has been an item of much scrutiny over the last few years, with the store seeing revenue losses in 2007-2009. Councilors Mark Honsey and Robert Dahl brought the rest of the council up to speed on a recent meeting of the entity's subcommittee.

Honestly speaking, Honsey noted, "It's going to take a lot of work to turn this place by the end of the year. I'd rather see that change come from out of the Muni rather than being directed by city hall."

Store management has been directed to cut costs wherever possible and maximize profitability. Continuing on Honsey added, "Whether it gets me in trouble or not, the big problem that I see is wages." The option of cutting hours or staff was discussed at the subcommittee meeting. Fortunately, positive changes are also occurring at the store with the onset of numerous promotions and clever advertising such as the use of the free networking site Facebook.

"The difference between making it and not making it is not that great," concluded Honsey. The municipal liquor store will already be the subject of an end-of-year hearing based on two consecutive years of revenue loss as dictated by state guidelines.

Moving into the consent agenda, a portion of the meeting that typically is approved without pause, Councilor Vern Bunke brought up an issue over a report of overtime and banked hours by city staff. He then encouraged the city to eliminate any overtime and banked hours noting that it represents a savings of nearly $30,000 if it can be done. "It's prudent to start exercising labor hours more carefully," said Bunke.

Public Works Director Jeff Copley was in attendance and addressed the issue noting that he's saddled with the task of watching functions and trying to monitor work hours. With the system rather recently being upgraded, this balance seems like it will level out. However, Copley pointed out that there are several unknowns that occur during the year, from snowfall to storms and every other surprise in between, that can complicate the issue.

During the meeting, the council also approved the 2010 Rushford Aquatic Center activity schedule and related fees. The center is currently reeling from loses of approximately $20,000 a year, according to Ci .....
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Lanesboro's new construction

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

There was a Board of Equalization hearing before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 12. County Assessor Ron Vikre was present to answer any questions or concerns people had about their property values.

Vikre explained they we ..... 
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Spring Valley's board of review

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and opened the Board of Review at 5:30. The Board of Review gives property owners an opportunity to appear and voice their pleasure/displeasure with their property evaluations. As usual, the crowd w ..... 
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County fears another cost shift

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Once again Fillmore County Commissioners expressed concern over rumored legislative cost shifts which would put added pressure on county property taxes. Tom Boyd, Community Services, at the board's April 6 meeting explained that if the cost shift pa ..... 
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Rushford Village entertains questions on prospective campground

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 23, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Ma ..... 
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Ropes visits Fountain council

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Present: Mayor, Richard Kujath, Council Persons: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Chad Wangen. Clerk: Stan Speer, Asst. Clerk: Sharon Speer. Police Chief: Tom Mosher. City Maintenance: Herman Freese. City Contracted Engineer: Dave Morril ..... 
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Preston approves lease for temporary National Trout Learning Center

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the April 5 Preston City Council meeting an EDA request to sign a two-year lease agreement for the old Buying Time building at 120 St. Anthony Street was approved. The building will provide a temporary site for the National Trout Learning Center. ..... 
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National County Government month

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Karen Brown, Fillmore County Coordinator, announces that Fillmore County will participate in activities to promote April as National County Government Month. The theme this year is "Healthy Counties." There will be a series of articles related to He ..... 
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Wykoff's downtown tree replacement plan

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 8, 2010, at 6:30 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Mike Holzer, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Jeremy Comstock, Cheryl Davis, Al ..... 
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