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County continues agreement with Fillmore Family Resources


Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Amy Becker, Fillmore Family Resources, Inc., explained the service their organization performs for victims of crime to the county board at their June 23 meeting. Fillmore Family Resources is a nonprofit organization that provides a needed service for victims of child abuse, domestic violence and other crimes in the county.

Becker described the service as a way to give the victim "a voice, making sure the victim is heard." They protect the rights of victims of crimes and act as their advocate. Help is provided to the victim in all stages of the criminal justice process. Becker suggested that helping in the process prevents the victim from again being victimized by the system.

County Attorney Brett Corson, in a note to Karen Brown, said the financial cost to the county for this service is a "small amount for the benefit we receive in victim services."

The board renewed their agreement for the Joint Victim Liaison Program with Fillmore Family Resources for an additional two years with a cost to the county for the service of $3,000 per year. Becker remarked in these times of tight budgets, the fee has remained constant from the previous agreement.

Veterans Transport

Deborah Teske, Emergency Management/Veteran Services Director, asked for and received approval to obtain quotes on a low mileage used or new mini-van to be used for the transport of veterans. The current 2005 Dodge van has over 100,000 miles and she worries about it breaking down with elderly passengers especially on a very hot day like this day. The van normally is driven between 20,000 and 30,000 miles per year.

Teske noted that there was an account with $900 in it to be used for a replacement van. Commissioner Marc Prestby suggested they get the word out that the van needs replacing. Donations from veteran groups that have charitable gambling would be welcome. Teske said groups donating toward the van would be recognized on the outside of the van.

Teske explained wheel chairs and walkers, which her department loans out free of charge, are in need of repairs. She asked to set up an account to accept donations to fix those that are in bad shape. Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested asking service organizations to donate to a long term account which would be maintained for van replacement or upkeep of mobility aid devices. They could offer to help build the account by so much per year. The board approved the establishment of an account for donat .....
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Rushford halts airport hangar construction

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the June 22nd meeting, the city council began by putting a temporary halt on a plan for development at the Municipal Airport. The action plan calls for the design and construction of a 6-unit T-hangar project. While the city is eligible for a sta ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council, citizens discuss Bunge's request

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several Lanesboro residents turned out for the public hearing with questions and concerns on June 22. Andy and Eric Bunge of Bunge Construction have requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for property they own downtown.

The Bunges would li ..... 
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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

So tough that City ..... 
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Ropes speaks and listens in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL continued a trip around her district addressing the Chatfield City Council at their June 22 meeting. She stressed that we all need to get through this together in part by keeping in touch as much as possible.< ..... 
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Grant approved for Preston, Chatfield and Ostrander

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their June 10 meeting that the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant was approved in the amount of $474,200. He reminded them that the state/federal grant was applied for la ..... 
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County signaling level budget for 2010

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown asked the board's direction to department heads in planning the 2010 budget at the June 9 meeting. She wanted to be able to give department heads notice as to limits on salary and wage increases. Brown warned that a po ..... 
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Spring Valley budget cuts?

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expendi ..... 
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Harmony City Council speaks with Ropes

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council was able to speak to Senator Sharon Ropes during their regular meeting on June 9. They asked questions and got some information about the state's budget and the status of the city's LGA (Local Government Aid).

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