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Lanesboro discusses power rates


Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Government

Council member Joe O'Connor gave a report on the Public Utilities Commission during the recent Lanesboro City Council meeting. The PU met with Tri-County Electric and Dairyland Power to discuss power rates. They also met with Mike Bubany from David Drown and Associates.

O'Connor said the electrical utilities infrastructure is changing across the country. The group met to brainstorm about options to become a member of Tri-County and use their expanded services.

"The question is how can Lanesboro be in this rate structure?" said O'Connor. He added that one of the problems is that Lanesboro has the hydro, as well as back-up generators for electricity, and other places do not. Also, according to O'Connor, the proposed EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) rules make it difficult to operate the generators they have.

"Rates are going up everywhere," said O'Connor. They are exploring options to try to get better service and contain cost increases.

Bubany spoke to them about Capital Improvement Plans and long-term projects. The wastewater treatment plant was last upgraded in 1993, and will need to upgraded in 2017, at an estimated $2 million cost. The water towers need to be maintained. O'Connor said the last time one of them was painted it cost $394,000. There are also street projects, and possibly a new well because of the radium issues, which could cost $400,000 or more.

O'Connor also mentioned that Dairyland Power increased their wholesale costs 21 percent in May. This cost will continue to go up.

"The rates have to go up to keep up with our cost of doing business," said O'Connor.

The hydro runs 24 hours a day as long as there is water flow. Vickerman said this reduces the total cost of electricity the city has to buy from Dairyland by approximately $45,000-$48,000 in a year.

Audit Report

Jason Boyton of Smith Schafer gave the 2010 audit report to the council. The first thing he went over was the city's revenues. The two main sources of revenue are property taxes and LGA (Local Government Aid). Boyton explained the city levied for $413,000 last year, but only collected $366,000, as the state did not make up the difference with the market value credit.

Lanesboro's LGA actually increased in 2010 about two percent, or $4,079. The LGA made up 20 percent of the city's revenues.

Expenditures from the general fund were $166,833. The city spent $211,000 on safety, which i .....
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Government this week

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, June 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, June 6, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, June 6, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.

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Spring Valley to establish new TIF District

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday evening and passed a resolution that amends the boundaries of Tax Increment Financing District No. 1-11. In May of 2010, the city created the Tax Increment Financing District and now wa ..... 
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Chatfield parking restrictions approved

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

After a lengthy discussion the Chatfield City Council at their May 23 meeting approved a year long parking prohibition on the west side of Burr Oak Street in the area of the ball fields.

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Rushford hosts open house

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Monday, May 23rd council meeting was a who's who of engineers, consultants, grant writers, and developers critical to Rushford's future. Earlier in the day, city hall had hosted an open house to all citizens hoping to glean some understanding of ..... 
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Government this week 5/30/11

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Wednesday, June 1, Canton City Council, Canton City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Thursday, June 2, Fountain City Council, Fountain City Office, 7:30 p.m.

• Monday, June 6, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.
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Highway 44 detour in Houston County begins May 16

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Traffic on Highway 44 will be detoured beginning Monday, May 16, as crews replace a culvert. The detour was originally scheduled to begin May 11, but the culvert replacement was postponed due to weather.

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Wykoff city council

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, February 14, 2011, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Tim Grabau, Mike Holzer, Michele Hitchcock, Rocky Vreeman, Jeremy Comstock, and Cheryl Da ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The April 5, 2011, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admin ..... 
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