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Lanesboro dam repairs?


Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman went over her preliminary budget for 2010 during Lanesboro's council meeting on September 8. The council approved the preliminary tax levy of $413,756, which is a five percent increase from last year. As Vickerman explained, the council can always go down from that number, but they cannot increase it.

Vickerman suggested the council pay off the water/sewer bond this year. This will save the city money, and they can put that money back into the street fund. Vickerman added there are no wage increases for city employees in the budget, as they have agreed to a salary freeze.

Vickerman also presented the council with a financial statement. She figured out the budget for the first half of the year, up to June, so they can see where things are so far. She and the council can use this as a tool for figuring out the final budget, which is due in December. She has gone over areas that went over budget last year, such as liability and workman's compensation, and has made adjustments to those areas for next year to keep on track.

The campground budget went over this year, but Vickerman said the revenues were also higher than projected. She added that the campground brought in $4,000 over Labor Day weekend, and they are hoping to still see some campers in September and October.

"I think we're doing well this year," said Vickerman.

The financial statement did not include the LGA (Local Government Aid) for July or December of this year, or the property taxes for December.

City employee Andy Drake mentioned the increase in the capital outlay for street equipment. He said the equipment that they are replacing is expensive, and the city is looking at needing a new sweeper soon.

Fire Hall Requests

Drake asked the council for permission to finish some work on the outside of the fire hall. He said the only things left to do are to repaint the white along the bottom and replace the letters on the front. The letters there now are faded and cracked. He had an estimate from La Crosse Sign Co. for $1,184 for the letters. He wasn't sure how much the paint would cost. Vickerman said the fire department has $4,000 in the budget for training that they did not use this year. The council approved the projects.

The council also approved a new member of the fire department, John Dollar. Drake said they currently have 22 members, with four new members going to training in Rushford th .....
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Preston approves 2010 preliminary budget and levy

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman related some good news for the 2010 budget at the September 9 meeting of the Preston City Council. Health insurance rates for the coming year will only increase two percent instead of the 15 percent that was budgeted f ..... 
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Harmony seeks lower increase than past years

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council approved a preliminary budget and tax levy at their meeting on September 8. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a budget to the council with the preliminary tax levy set at $603,800. This is a 2.6 percent increase from ..... 
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A lively meeting for Whalan City Council

Fri, Sep 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

Since Labor Day fell on Whalan's regular council day, the regular monthly meeting was held the following Tuesday, September 8.

Mayor Larry Johnson kept the meeting running at a professional pace through complaints that the park was not being ..... 
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Public Health guidelines for H1N1

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Health Director Sharon Serfling and Health Educator Brenda Pohlman updated the Fillmore County Commissioners on the vaccine for H1N1 and overall preparedness for control of the influenza at their September 1 meeting. Serfling noted that the C ..... 
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New Fountain Sewage Treatment Plant Progressing

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

Dave Morrill, McGhie and Betts engineering, reported progress on the sewer treatment plant is on schedule at the city's September 3 meeting. Most of the sewer pipe has already been installed. In the next couple of weeks all of the excavating in town ..... 
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Rushford Village special meeting

Fri, Sep 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Rushford Village held a special public meeting regarding outdoor/open burning on August 26, 2009.

Mayor Johnson welcomed the more than twenty citizens present and explained that the purpose of the meeting was to have an open disc ..... 
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Eagle Cliff bicyclists continue unsafe passage

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike McGrath addressed the Fillmore County Board about the continuing hazard along State Highway 16 for bicyclists traveling from Eagle Cliff Campground to the Whalan bridge at the board's August 25 meeting. At the last opportunity for citizens' inp ..... 
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Rushford City Council moves forward with City Center Project

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A presentation by the well-organized library board and its lead architect, Val Schute of River Architects, was the big event at the Monday, August 24, city council meeting. It was intended to ascertain the council's commitment in moving forward with ..... 
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