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County 2011 budget process begins


Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Commissioners started hearing preliminary budgets from a few departments at their July 27 meeting. The preliminary 2011 levy is for about $8.3 million or an increase of 5.59 percent. This is just the beginning of the process to set the levy for 2011. Unknowns, including the amount of County Program Aid expected from the state, complicate the budget process. Commissioners expect to have an additional fourth meeting in the month of August (on August 17) dedicated to the budget process.

Reporting their proposed departmental budgets this day were Terry Schultz with Facilities Maintenance, Zoning Administrator Chris Graves and Mike Frauenkron - Feedlot, and Jon Martin with Sanitation and SCORE. Increases in these departmental budgets are projected to be due in large measure to increases in health insurance costs and slight increases in wages or salaries.

Lutes-Scrabeck Tax

Abatement

The weak housing market and the economic slow down over the past few years has forced the Lutes-Scrabeck addition project in Harmony into foreclosure. The developer has until July 15, 2011, to remedy the default and redeem the property. The developer's attorney requested that the city of Harmony and Fillmore County delay the termination of their abatement agreement with the developer until that time, giving the developer time to remedy the default.

The Harmony City Council voted to hold the August 2010 and February 2011 abatement payments. The payments will only be released to the developer when and if proof is provided that the default is remedied. Jerome Ilg, representing the city of Harmony, explained to the board that the city and the county would not be out anything but time by holding the abatement payments. The Fillmore County EDA recommended the county hold the abatement payments and continue the agreement throughout the twelve-month redemption period.

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter said the property taxes on the lots which the developer holds have been paid through 2009. The board approved the EDA recommendation.

Other Business In Brief

•An amendment to the county's personnel policy involving electronic communication systems was approved. The changes include the county's right to monitor county-owned equipment and information stored on that equipment. Information on county electronic communication equipment is public record, like other public documents, and may be subject to legal requests for pub .....
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Preston has OSHA violations

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

At the July 19 city council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman discussed the five violations the city received citations for during a recent surprise inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Mayor Kurt Reicks was a ..... 
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Pancake breakfast raises over $1,000 for town hall repairs

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Whalan City Council met June 7, 2010.

Present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson and David Rahn, Johnny Halverson and Lolly Melander.

• Meeting was called to order by Mayor Johnson at 5:00pm

• Min ..... 
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Peterson prepares for election

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Chuck Eidenschink called the regular meeting of the Peterson City Council to order on July 6, 2010. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Jan Smaby and Randy Benson. Guests at the meeting were Tom Manion, Kevin Graves, Sher ..... 
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New deadline to remove non-productive land from green acres without payback of deferred taxes is August 16, 2010

Fri, Jul 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The legislature extended the deadline date to August 16th for informing the Assessor's Office regarding your decision on what you want to do with Green Acres on your 2B non-productive agricultural land:

1. Remove GA from non-productive land ..... 
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Rushford eyes potential collaboration

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city of Rushford is entertaining the option of purchasing a portion of undeveloped land, just east of the new Himlie Business Park, from current owner Michael Sexauer. While the meeting agenda noted the consideration of a potential purchase of a ..... 
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Chatfield looking to support veterans cemetery

Mon, Jul 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase discussed the progress of Fillmore County's efforts to have a National Veterans Cemetery, located south of Preston on part of what is now the county farm, at the July 12 Chatfield City Council meeting. The county and a growing ..... 
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Spring Valley gears up for primary election on Aug. 10

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

Several years ago, the city of Spring Valley made some major changes in the traffic patterns in the downtown area. The long time residents remember when two-way traffic was permitted on two blocks of Broadway. Diagonal parking was on both the west s ..... 
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Harmony discusses fire trucks

Fri, Jul 16th, 2010
Posted in Government



Harmony's Fire Chief Bill Hanlon came to the city council meeting on July 13 to discuss the plans for purchasing a new fire truck. Hanlon said the committee has been researching trucks and looking at prices and they have come up with a list ..... 
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