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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 during the meeting. The cuts came to around $50,000. There is an increase in the budget from 2008 of around $26,000.

Illg warned the council that they should be cautious about a reduction in LGA (Local Government Aid) in mid-year due to the possibility of a state budget shortfall.

The final budget will be approved at the December council meeting.

Other Business

• There was a joint meeting with the council and the Harmony EDA (Economic Development Authority). The council passed a resolution for the sale of bonds to refinance Heritage Grove at a rate of 4.5123 percent.

• The council also approved a Revolving Loan for $17,500 at a rate of four percent over seven years. Jeremy Kruegel purchased the D&D Variety building and will be remodeling it to rent out for office or retail space.

• Linus Hammell of Hammell Equipment in Harmony spoke to the council about selling 50 feet of land next to his business. Recently Fillmore Central Schools found that they owned a plot of land in northeast Harmony that the city had been maintaining for many years. The school district sold it to Hammell. The land Hammell is interested in is near this strip where the city skating rink used to be located near the park. The city is going to draft up a purchase agreement that will be contingent on zoning issues.

• Construction at the Community Center is almost complete. The HVAC (Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning) in the gym is running, as well as the PTAC (Packaged Terminal Air Conditioner) units in the rooms.

• The city offices have been temporarily moved to another room until the remodeling is finished.

• Illg has been working on the Nuisance Ordinance with Cory Scrabeck. They added some stipulations for the criteria to receive permits for celebrations.

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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County Board denies Moulton Rezoning Application

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their November 4 regular meeting the Fillmore County Board unanimously approved a resolution denying the rezoning request from agricultural to industrial requested by Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig ..... 
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Entrepreneurship grant discussed

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Lanesboro City Council member Joe O'Connor spoke at the council meeting on November 3 about the TMI Group meeting he attended recently. The city received a TMI Grant for Entrepreneurship in the amount of $15,000 this spring.

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Preston Council sets Assessment Hearing for 2008

Fri, Nov 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council breezed through a light agenda at their November 3 meeting. Robert Sauer was absent. A resolution setting the assessment hearing for Thursday November 20 was approved. The hearing will be combined with the regular second mon ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses winter trails

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

Mostly routine business was on the agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Oct. 27, 2008. There was discussion concerning the maintenance of the trails through the city during the winter. A resident had asked if the city could remove th ..... 
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Rushford City Council discusses hardware store

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

At its meeting on October 27, the Rushford City Council wasted little time in approving all variance requests by Rushford Hardware owners Greg and Kim Norstad to pave the way for them to build their new store directly south of Rushford Foods.

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Shoreland mapping project for SE Minnesota

Fri, Oct 31st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ross Hoffman, Cannon River Partnership, instructed the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners on the details of the shoreland mapping project at their October 28 meeting. His job in part is to educate elected officials and the public and t ..... 
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