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County receives MCIT Award


Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

A new plaque recently awarded to Fillmore County was on display at the board's December 13 meeting. On December 5 during the Minnesota Counties Intergoverment Trust (MCIT) annual membership meeting, the county was awarded the distinguished MCIT "County of the Year Award."

Each year a county is honored for excellence in risk management and loss control. The criteria used by MCIT to select the annual recipient includes "risk management, loss control, customer service, property/casualty claims and workers' compensation claims." MCIT provides county governments and organizations with property, casualty and workers' compensation coverage. MCIT is a joint risk-sharing entity.

AMC

Fillmore County commissioners attended the annual conference of the Association for Minnesota Counties December 5-7 in Minneapolis. Commissioner Duane Bakke, who served the statewide organization as president during 2011, spoke to the membership. He lead an effort over the year to increase commissioner involvement and streamline the legislative decision-making process. He worked to allow every county to have membership on every policy committee immediately.

AMC produced the Minnesota Government Accountability, Innovation and Collaboration Act (MAGIC Act) and tried, but failed to get the state legislature to pass it into law in 2011. However, it did have bipartisan support. Bakke said they are close to reaching the goal of getting it into law, asking members to give it one final push of support. If it becomes law in 2012, it will provide counties with flexibility, and state support to identify and pursue opportunities and innovation that will make a difference in local communities.

Bakke will serve on the Board of Directors as past president in 2012. The 2012 president is Carver county commissioner Randy Maluchnik.

Sheriff's Department

A 2011 Emergency Management Performance grant was approved in the amount of $19,032. Sheriff Daryl Jensen said it was similar to 2011 and is a 50 percent reimbursement grant.

A border interoperability grant with the state, Department of Emergency Communications, was approved. Jensen noted the money will be put toward control stations and radios for bordering counties in a neighboring state (Howard county, Iowa). Commissioner Tom Kaase called it a step toward interoperability for the tri-state area.

Payment was approved for two replacement 2012 squad cars which will be purchased from Per .....
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Rushford deals with state shift

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

In an attempt to balance the state budget, and see $261 million saving, the Minnesota legislature has restructured the Homestead Market Value leaving many cities bearing the brunt of upset citizens facing higher taxes.

Rushford is seeing the ..... 
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Spring Valley certifies tax levy

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Government

Approval was given by the City Council to hire the auditing firm of Smith Schafer and Associates, Ltd of Minneapolis to conduct the cities auditing operations for 2012. The total cost will be $15,500, which is an increase of $400 from last year. The ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves liquor licenses

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

Lanesboro City Council Members had a very busy evening on Monday, December 5, 2011. Three council meetings took place that evening: The regular monthly meeting, the Truth in Taxation Hearing, and a joint meeting of the city council and public utilit ..... 
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Preston details 2012 budget/levy

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman summarized the details of the 2012 budget/levy at the council's December 6 meeting. This time for public comment required by state law before the final budget and levy is adopted was unattended by the public. The final ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, Dec. 12, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 12, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, Dec. 12, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6:0 ..... 
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Chatfield seeks to limit 2012 property tax impact

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council at a Committee of the Whole meeting on December 5 discussed at length ways to reduce the impact of 2012 property taxes. The elimination of the Homestead Market Value Credit this last summer by the state and the establishme ..... 
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Ostrander City Council meeting minutes

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn.

Motion by Kunert, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

Visitors: Royal Dempewolf (W ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Thu, Dec 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The November 1, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. with Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoni ..... 
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