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Lanesboro prepares for public hearing


Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government



Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates came to a special joint meeting with the City Council and the Public Utilities Commission. The first item he discussed with them was refinancing two electric revenue bonds. They have a bond from 2001 and one from 2004, and the refinancing will combine the two and save the city about $21,000.

The council approved the refinancing, and the Public Utilities concurred with the city. The length of the bonds did not change, and the payments go through October 1, 2022.

Bubany explained that investors find electric revenue bonds a bit more risky, so they have to make a few covenants, or promises, to make it more attractive. One is to have some money in reserves in case something goes wrong. The other is to have no new debt unless they meet certain debt service coverage requirements. He said that Lanesboro has plenty of net available income, and they will be able to refinance with no problem.

Tax Abatement

Bubany also spoke to the council about financing the Community Center and lighting projects using tax abatement. He explained that this can be used as a way for the city to have authority to issue bonds for the project.

They will identify parcels of the city that will benefit from the projects, and abate those people's property taxes to be used to pay for the project. Bubany explained that on paper this looks like those people will be paying for the project, but in reality, the cost will be spread out over the entire tax base of the city.

Bubany said this has been used before in other towns, and is not completely uncommon. He explained it is the same as increasing the levy by that amount of money.

The first step is to set a public hearing, which will be on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center.

Public Utility Roof Bids

Vickerman went over the two bids they had received for working on the light plant roof. The part of the roof that needs work is over the engine section and has had a lot of leaking issues. The first bid was from WHV, and it was for two different options. One option involved tearing out the old roof and completely replacing it, and was for $14,630. The second option was for going over the existing roof, and was for $11,250. Both options came with a 15-year warrantee.

The second bid was from Schultz Builders and was for $10,996, and it involved going over the existing roof and replacing joice and insulation. There .....
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Chatfield debates budget

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

After a record short seven minute council meeting on August 23, the Committee of the Whole spent the greatest share of two hours discussing the 2011 budget. The big unknown for any city, or the counties, adding to the confusion, is the amount of sta ..... 
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Spring Valley council concerned about jeopardizing federal grant

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the first look of the proposed budget to Council on Monday night and the Preliminary Budget Comparison shows a decrease in many departments. Increases were shown in administration, going from $179,016.00 in 20 ..... 
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Disputing utility bills in Wykoff

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
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The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Al Williams and Cheryl D ..... 
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Referendum will be the hot topic

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore Central School Board chose three meeting dates for times to meet with residents in Preston, Harmony, and Fountain. These meetings will be a chance for residents of these towns to ask questions and discuss the upcoming referendum the dis ..... 
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Ropes addresses Rushford city council

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, August 23rd, council meeting began nearly 15 minutes late as council waited for the arrival of Mayor Chris Hallum and councilor Mark Honsey. City Administrator Windy Block was also notably absent. In familiar attendance was Senator Shar ..... 
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More belt tightening: is this the most responsible path?

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board finished scrutinizing each individual department's proposed budget for 2011 at their August 17 meeting, and the wisdom of continuing to tighten the belt in lieu of equipment replacement was a concern. Commissioners seemed t ..... 
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Fillmore County enters into Pilot Project to treat chemical dependency

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The county board approved an agreement for Fillmore County's participation in the "State-County Chemical Health Care Home Pilot Project" at their August 10 meeting. The Region 10 southeast counties, including: Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mowe ..... 
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Burr Oak sidewalk

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young explained the school district is prepared to work with the city to make a sidewalk a reality along Burr Oak Avenue starting at the school's driveway. The city council agreed at their August 9 meeting to pay for one-th ..... 
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