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Lanesboro council approves 2009 budget


Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council approved the budget and levy for 2009 during their meeting on December 1. During the Public Hearing held before the regular meeting, there were no residents present with questions or concerns about the budget. There will be no continuation hearing on December 15.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained some of the differences between the new budget and the budget for 2009 and answered questions from the council members. Joe O'Connor asked about the contract with the Preston Police Department and the increase in the budget.

Vickerman explained that Preston pays two-thirds of the total police budget, and Lanesboro pays the other one-third. Council member Kevin Drake commented that although the city originally went with a shared police department to save money, it seems as if they are almost back where they started. Lanesboro's share of the services went up from $79,000 last year to $83,202 in 2009.

City Attorney Tom Manion said that other communities are paying a lot of money for law enforcement as well, some even more than Preston and Lanesboro.

Vickerman also explained the budgeted amount for road salt is higher than they will probably need. The city averages a budget of $4-5,000 every year on salt for slippery roads. They used a lot of salt toward the end of the season last year.

Money for asphalt was decreased for 2009, as they have spent a lot of money on asphalt for the Capital Improvement Projects. They are hoping to bring money back for asphalt and sidewalks the next year.

The levy is increased three percent from last year, and was approved at $394,053.

Committee Appointments

Due to the change in two council members, tentative committee assignments were made during the meeting. New member Ceil Allen was appointed to the Library Board and Vince Jeannette to the EDA board. Mayor Steve Rahn will stay on the Park Board and Tom Dybing will continue with the Planning and Zoning Board. Joe O'Connor will take over on the Public Utilities Board.

Other Business

At the request of the EDA, the council approved moving their operating funds to the Revolving Loan Fund for 2009.

The council also approved the following-

• Hiring Smith Schafer out of Rochester for the audit again this year at a cost of $8,350. Vickerman said they did a great job last year.

Rushford Council approves a slew of recommendations

Fri, Nov 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford city council heard a slew of recommendations from two of its commissions last Monday and approved all of them.

From the Planning Commission was what administrator Windy Block's newsletter referred to as one of those " ..... 
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Complaint filed over improper debris burning

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Spangler attended the November 17 Preston City Council to explain her grievances about the demolition and burning of the debris from two homes. The debris was hauled to a pit area on the property of David and Rita Wilson on the west ed ..... 
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Harmony quarry

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

An over flow crowd spilled out of the commissioner's board room at the Fillmore County Planning Commission's November 20 meeting. Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Decorah, Iowa, had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a rock ..... 
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Green Acre forms need to be returned

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Duane Bakke made an announcement forewarning landowners with Green Acres at the board's November 18 meeting. Commissioner Stafford Hansen was absent.

Bakke stressed that one of the boxes must be checked on a form from ..... 
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No deer hunting in city of Rushford, yet

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Deer.

Your garden can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em out of season. Or within city limits. Yet.

Not only are deer a nuisance in the city of Rushford, but according to councilman Robert Dahl, there are statistics to show tha ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at du ..... 
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Lanesboro residents raise concerns over street assessments

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council adopted the resolution on assessments made for the Capital Improvement Projects. A final public hearing was held Monday evening, November 10 and the council spoke to a full house. Residents affected by both the Whittier St ..... 
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Citizens plead for plowed walking trails

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Kathy Jetson and Marcia Ptacek made clear their wish to have the city maintain part of the trail at Spring Creek Park during the winter to allow for walking at the Spring Valley City Council's November 10 meeting. Councilmen Jeff Veh ..... 
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