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Budweiser cans, pot holes and trailer park trash


Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

Spring Valley's City Council met during its regular monthly meeting, Monday, March 22nd, at 6 p.m. Two members were absent.

Minutes from the March 8th meeting, as well as the list of accounts payable items, were approved with no discussion.

During the visitor's comment portion of the agenda, Spring Valley resident Gladys Davidson addressed the council with concerns about the Anson Avenue Trailer Park. Davidson noted that there is an empty lot in the park and questioned members of the council as to the plans for that lot. According to Davidson, trash and miscellaneous debris is accumulating in this area of the trailer park and no clean up attempts seem to be made by the owner. She also noted that there have been fires to burn trash in the area and questioned whether this was against city rules.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that the owner of the trailer park has plans for the lot and that the land in question is zoned for more trailers. Mayor Struzyk stated that the city doesn't have jurisdiction to go onto private property and suggested that perhaps the state needs to be involved with these issues. He also stated that the city will continue to work on the junk ordinance with residents who need prompting to clean up their properties.

On another topic, Davidson questioned the council's decision to go forward with building an accessible fishing ramp near the town's former lumber yard. "Why are you considering building there when you spent thousands of dollars to get people out of that flood plain area?" she asked. After some discussion, the council stated that the DNR is paying for all materials and the city is furnishing the labor for the project. "I think it's a blessing for the town, myself," said Mayor Struzyk.

"It is if you have money to maintain it," Davidson countered.

In other business, Faith United Methodist Church requested a permit for an upcoming concert. Since there were no concerns from neighbors, the permit was granted. Discussion on a pavilion for Spring Creek Park was tabled.

City Administrator Zimmer addressed the council with an Early Retirement Policy that several cities were offering eligible employees as an incentive in light of LGA cuts. "It's a one-time, short-term offer," stated Zimmer. The early retirement incentive program is only available to employees who retire between March 22, 2010, and June 20, 2010. The council approved the Early Retirement Incentive Policy.
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Ostrander discusses website

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Deputy Mayor Thompson. Mayor Linda Schwenn and councilman Christenson were absent.

Motion was made by Ruehmann and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carri ..... 
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National Passport Day

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer's Office is joining the Department of State in celebrating "Passport Day in the USA." This is the second annual national passport acceptance and outreach event. The Fillmore County Auditor/Treasurer's Office at ..... 
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Budget concerns reign over Preston agenda

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman admitted the necessary reductions in the 2010 budget were overshadowing every item in the Preston City Council's March 15 agenda. He suggested the recently announced lower state deficit, which could reduce additional c ..... 
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Chatfield reviews 2010 budget

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

At a special city council meeting on March 16, the Chatfield City Council reviewed their 2010 budget to consider options on how to deal with the expected additional cut in Local Government Aid (LGA) of $153,000. City Clerk Joel Young said the notice ..... 
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Wilson aiming for seat in U.S. Congress

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

On March 2, 2010, the Fillmore County Journal conducted an exclusive interview with Steven Wilson, a self-described "conservative independent."

Residing in Rochester, Minn., Steven Wilson is running under the Independence Party for U.S. Cong ..... 
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Jennifer Gumbel enters political arena

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

When Jennifer Gumbel and her husband, Axel, left the Twin Cities a few years ago, it was with the intention of returning one day to make their permanent home there. Not anymore. "We are both very comfortable with rural living, especially after movin ..... 
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City of Peterson increases electric rates

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on March 2 and was called to order by Chuck Eidenschink. In addition to Chuck, those present were Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, Rick Lee and Lolly Melander. Jan Smaby was absent.
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Illg speculates on Palwenty's proposed LGA cuts

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the budget and the cuts that are coming from the state during their March 9 meeting. City Administrator Jerome Illg said the Governor's proposal has a cut of $80,408 from Harmony's LGA (Local Government Aid) for 20 ..... 
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