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Preston concerned over expected LGA cuts


Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the city council as to expected Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts from the state at the January 20 meeting. He said that more will be known when the Governor Pawlenty's budget is released on January 27.

Hoffman noted that in the governor's State of the State speech, Pawlenty spoke of a 2% increase in K-12 funding. This will mean that other areas including Health and Human Services and LGA will sustain a larger cut.

Mr. Hoffman had consulted the League of Minnesota Cities which informed him that the LGA payments of $500,000,000 state wide could be cut by $150,000,000. Preston could loose $100,000. If the LGA payments were cut in half, the city payment could be reduced $200,000. Hoffman expects the reduction could be somewhere in between. These cuts will affect the 2009 city budget.

Hoffman stated that the $60,000 increase that had been budgeted for 2009 for the street department has already been taken back. He suggested that if the LGA cut was around $100,000, the city staff could work with department heads to ind the other $40,000. However, anything over that would require council members to make decisions to target cuts. Hoffman added that the council would likely have to consider tax increases for 2010. He remarked that there would be a better sense of the amount of reduction the city has to deal with by the February 2 meeting.

Other Business

• Mayor Kurt Reicks drew Cindy Mensink's name as the winner of the energy star clothes washer for the Catch Savings in Preston. Hoffman said that at the next council meeting they will draw the winner of the TV.

• A resolution was passed adopting an ordinance establishing a physically disabled parking zone on the East side of Pleasant Street in front of the Preston Apartments owned by Andrew and Anita Bisek. The parking zone had been requested by Richard Hovelson.

• The council decided to postpone until May a $500 donation normally given by the city of Preston to the Southeast Minnesota Initiative Foundation out of Owatonna. The city may at that time give the donation, reduce the amount or skip this year altogether depending on LGA cuts.

• The appointment of Tim Kiehne to the EDA was approved.

Lanesboro City Council looks at budget scenarios

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

The main issue on the agenda was the budget when the Lanesboro City Council met on January 20. Administrator Bobbie Vickerman came up with some budget scenarios for the council to consider.

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County Board looking for reform in government

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another list of housekeeping items dominated the second county board meeting of the new year on January 13. An informal discussion among the commissioners gave glimpses of possible reforms and planning to further control costs and to better work wit ..... 
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Board of Adjustment approves Flynn variance

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment approved two variances applied for by Steve and Denise Flynn, Carrolton Township, at their January 15 meeting. Last summer the board had denied variance applications from the couple to build a permanent dwelli ..... 
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Vacancies create opportunities for Rushford citizens

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected vacancy on the Rushford city council, as well as openings on a number of commissions, make this the perfect time for Rushford citizens to ask what they can do for their city.

Councilwoman Laura Deering announced January 1 that ..... 
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Harmony looks for more budget cuts

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony received their second LGA (Local Government Aid) payment for 2008 on December 15. They usually receive two payments a year from the state for a total of $375,000. This year, however, with the state looking at adeficit, many citie ..... 
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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 f ..... 
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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.

Cou ..... 
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