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Preston local government aid more than anticipated


Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said at the council's July 6 meeting that the reduction of funds from the state is "good news compared with what we thought it would be." This last month Governor Tim Pawlenty made known a $300 million reduction in Local Government Aid (LGA) would be made, affecting cities and counties across the state. The LGA for Preston will be reduced $30,580 in 2009, which is just a little more than half of the $58,152 the city expected and budgeted for last February and approved March 2.

Hoffman explained the LGA cut for 2010 was reported to be $76,450, which is about $50,000 less than anticipated. He suggested the city may actually have a surplus of about $28,000 in 2009, which was created with the deep cuts made earlier this year. Any surplus will more than be wiped out in 2010 with the additional $45,000 to be cut more than this year.

Mr. Hoffman made it clear that Preston is better off than many other cities as Poet Biorefining's TIF recently expired increasing the city's revenue significantly.

Councilman Robert Sauer suggested there could be additional cuts if the state realizes even less funds than forecasted. He reminded the council that the mechanism used by the governor, unallotment, originally was meant only for emergency shoring up of the budget near the end of a budget cycle like last December. This is the first time the unallotment authority has been used to essentially balance the budget at the beginning of the cycle because the legislature and the governor could not come to an agreement.

Scenic Byway Signage

Hoffman noted the designation of Highway 16 from LaCrosse to Dexter as a Scenic Byway by the US Department of Transportation (DOT) a few years ago. The National Scenic Byways Program recognizes roads "based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities."

The issue to be discussed is the policy of the DOT which prohibits billboards and any advertising signs for any business not situated along the highway. MnDot wants to add the section located within the Preston city limits. Hoffman is concerned about the need for signage for downtown businesses. He remarked the city has not been pleased to this point with MnDot and their limitation of signage for downtown businesses. Hoffman added MnDot can regulate any signs visible from their right of way even when they are located on private property.

Hoffman was just informing th .....
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City of Rushford Village Council Meeting June 16, 2009.

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Pledge to Flag

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis - Zoning Administrator and Judy Graham - Clerk.

Citizens Present: Beth Mitchell, At ..... 
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Fillmore County may participate in a Chemical and Mental Health Program redesign

Fri, Jul 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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County continues agreement with Fillmore Family Resources

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Amy Becker, Fillmore Family Resources, Inc., explained the service their organization performs for victims of crime to the county board at their June 23 meeting. Fillmore Family Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides a needed service fo ..... 
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Rushford halts airport hangar construction

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the June 22nd meeting, the city council began by putting a temporary halt on a plan for development at the Municipal Airport. The action plan calls for the design and construction of a 6-unit T-hangar project. While the city is eligible for a sta ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council, citizens discuss Bunge's request

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several Lanesboro residents turned out for the public hearing with questions and concerns on June 22. Andy and Eric Bunge of Bunge Construction have requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for property they own downtown.

The Bunges would li ..... 
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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

So tough that City ..... 
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Ropes speaks and listens in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL continued a trip around her district addressing the Chatfield City Council at their June 22 meeting. She stressed that we all need to get through this together in part by keeping in touch as much as possible.< ..... 
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Grant approved for Preston, Chatfield and Ostrander

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their June 10 meeting that the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant was approved in the amount of $474,200. He reminded them that the state/federal grant was applied for la ..... 
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