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Spring Valley Council and Sheriff discuss law enforcement contract


Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Difficult times require difficult answers."

Such was the temperament as Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the Spring Valley City Council. The conversation was direct and honest between Jensen and the City Council as both units of government face the cutting of budgets and how it will affect service not only in 2009 but perhaps for several years following.

Sheriff Jensen said that the current budget requires three officers to serve Spring Valley. This is the same amount that was agreed upon in 1997. These were 16 hour days, not 24 hours a day coverage. Jensen continued by pointing out costs that cannot be changed.

"There are other costs that are outside the contract that keep driving the force up. Items such as gasoline for squad cars, auto maintenance and mostly part- time salaries, Jensen said.

According to the Sheriff, one of the biggest items is part-time salaries. "For several years gaps in the schedule were filled with part-time officers and that cannot continue."

Scaling back of the part-time is one of the solutions proposed by Jensen.

"The issue of controlling the part-time is essential and you will need to trust in the Sheriff to manage the contract," Jensen told the council. The other solution addressed by the Sheriff is staggering the shifts in the coverage.

Spring Valley Coordinator Kevin Beck was in attendance at the Council meeting. "I was not mad," said Beck when he heard the news that cutbacks were coming. Beck continued by saying, "I understand that something needs to be done but there are fixed items in the budget that can't be cut."

He said now there is a good understanding with the other officers who realize this has to be dealt with.

County Commissioner Chuck Amunrud addressed the Council that these concerns are being experienced on the County level as well. "We have met with our employees," said Amunrud, "and all County employees will be taking 4 days off without pay from January to April of 2009." He also said that Commissioners will be meeting with the County Highway workers to do the same. "We do not want to cut staff," said Amunrud, "and this is one way to avoid that."

Sheriff Jensen indicated that he would like to meet with the Council again in 90 days to make sure the right decisions were made.

"We will not be lessening our contract as it has been approved and the residents of Spring Valley do not have to fear they will not be protected .....
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The Lanesboro Council gets a red box

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected guest showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 5. Terry Neumann, who owns and operates Mrs. B's Bed and Breakfast, approached the council with what he called a "thought gift." A red box was given to the mayor, which h ..... 
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Collett seated on Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Collett was sworn in as the newly elected member of the Preston City Council at the January 5 meeting. Much of the brief meeting was dominated by a discussion of 2009 appointments to open slots on the city's boards and commissions.

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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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County Board holds annual meeting

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners annual meeting was dominated by the yearly housekeeping docket on January 6. The first order of business was the oath of office given by Judge Robert Benson and sworn by the two incumbents, Chuck Amunrud and Marc Pr ..... 
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Officials talk of state and local partnership

Fri, Jan 2nd, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Partnership, opportunities, and reform were some of the common themes banded about during a two hour meeting between the Fillmore County Board and area legislators on Tuesday, December 30, in Preston.

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County implements plan to deal with cuts instate aid

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Department heads were in attendance at the December 23 county board meeting with budget cuts totaling $545,102. The Local Government Aid (LGA) payment the county receives on December 26 will be $143,805 less than originally expected.
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Rushford council considers impact of aid cuts

Fri, Dec 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

Bitter gusts and subzero temperatures swirled outside the Rushford city hall Monday, December 22. But there were ill winds blowing inside the council chambers as well while those present absorbed the gloomy financial forecast.

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Lanesboro officials concerned over possible cut in LGA

Fri, Dec 19th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro city council members voiced their concern over the possibility of the city losing part of their anticipated government aid payment of $121,517 scheduled for December 26. (See chart detailing possible cuts in LGA and MVHC to local communiti ..... 
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