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Elected county officials donate unpaid leave


Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

Elected official voluntary salary reductions were approved by the county board at their August 4 meeting, which was dominated by departmental budget proposals for 2010. With last December's unallotment total of $143,805, the board required employees to take four days, or thirty-two hours, of unpaid leave during the first four months of 2009. Elected officials volunteered to donate a portion of their salary reflecting a similar portion of unpaid time. The total reduction for all of the commissioners, sheriff, auditor/treasurer, attorney, and recorder will be about $5,550. A Minnesota deficit of $246 million was projected for 2009.

Social Services

Social Service Administrator Thomas Boyd called this the "most blind" budget proposal since he has been administrator. With the unknowns of unallotment, the proposal is in his words, a "best estimate." He said out-of-home placement costs are down at this time. This requires mostly county money, so the number can really affect the county social service budget.

The governor wants to end the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) program next year. Most of this program is state money with a little federal dollars. Boyd said some people will shift to Minnesota Care. Chairman Chuck Amunrud suggested more will be using emergency rooms for their care.

The number of cases administered by the county for the food program has reached 511 in these difficult economic times. This is 180 more than last year and a historical all-time high. The food program is paid for by federal Department of Agriculture dollars. Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) has remained relatively constant over the last 10 years averaging about 66 cases.

Boyd had a presentation which compared Fillmore County to similar counties including: Houston, Le Sueur, Meeker, Nobles and Wabasha. Fillmore County ranks generally in the middle of this group on total social service costs. By far, the largest portion of social service cost goes to health care, $26,685,447 out of a total county social service cost of $37,608,643. In 2007 $1,239,690 was the total county share of the cost, which was the lowest of all of the fore mentioned counties. The administrative costs for the county were also low. Amunrud praised Boyd for keeping the county's administrative costs down compared to similar counties.

Amunrud reported on an Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) Health and Human Services policy committee meeting an .....
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on July 7, 2009, by Acting Mayor Dale Schwanke. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Liz Atkinson. Also present: City Attorney Thomas Manion, Zoning Administra ..... 
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Dangerous trek for bicyclists near Eagle Cliff

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

Horace and Sally Stang, residents at Eagle Cliff Campground, made their concerns known during the county board's July 28 meeting. Mr. Stang said the half-mile section along State Highway 16 from the campground property to the Whalan Bridge is very d ..... 
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Senator Erickson-Ropes addresses the Rushford City Council

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The theme could have easily been summed up, "Let's go through this together," with Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes addressing the council at the Monday, July 27th, meeting. While it's an appreciated goal, and certainly one the city is intent on foster ..... 
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Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young to serve on local government aid study group

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

Mayor Les Knutson announced the appointment to the LGA group and congratulated Mr. Young at the city council's July 27 meeting. The formation of the Local Government Aid (LGA) Study Group was authorized by the 2008 Tax Bill, 3149. State Senate Tax C ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance purchase?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, July 27th. The one item on the agenda that took up the most time was the proposal to purchase a new ambulance.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper addressed the council and presented a purchase prop ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses bullying issue

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent a lot of time discussing the recent school bullying issue at their meeting on July 20. Council member Ceil Allen had read about the problem in the papers and felt that it was a community issue, not just a school issu ..... 
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Dead tree removal in Preston

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Tree Inspector Bill Cox discussed the need for the city of Preston to look ahead and decide how to deal with what could be multiple diseased trees with the Emerald Ash Borer at the city council's July 7 meeting. The immediate problem was a larg ..... 
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The 250 bridge will officially reopen

Wed, Jul 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The 250 bridge will officially reopen tomorrow afternoon, July 23, for all traffic, workers will be still working in that area, however you will be able to get through there!

Emergency vehicles can get through as of this evening!
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