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Chatfield takes a step forward for Potter


Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the October 12 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the councilors unanimously adopted the resolution drafted by the Potter Steering Committee. Items in the resolution were detailed and discussed at an informational joint meeting on September 28 for the three entities to participate in the proposal, including the Chatfield City Council, Chatfield School Board, and Economic Development Authority (EDA).

Each entity has been encouraged to consider the proposed resolution. City Clerk Joel Young said from his point of view the resolution is a statement of intent. It is not his expectation that any of the entities would be locked into anything proposed in the resolution until all of the entities reached a formal agreement.

Councilor Comments

Councilor Ken Jacobson said the September 28 meeting was informative and he commended the committee for their hard work. The work was actually completed by two committees which met over two years. The final proposal and resolution was presented by the Potter Auditorium Steering Committee to develop the Potter Center for the Arts. None of the three entities were formally involved in putting together the proposal.

The school district would still use the property but to a lesser degree. The city is interested in the property because of its location, the significance of the buildings themselves and their importance to the community. The EDA sees the property and buildings as an opportunity for economic development for the city.

Ken Jacobson acknowledged there was a lot of emotion attached to the Potter Auditorium buildings. He insisted they need to be maintained as they are as an integral part of the community. Jacobson stated the school district at this point is responsible for the property, and if there is no agreement between the entities, the school district could do what they want with the property. He maintained the block is part of the city plan for the downtown area.

Councilors Ginny Engle and Dave Frank expressed their desire to keep Potter and to move forward. Councilor Paul Novotny emphasized the adoption of the resolution is just a first step. It expresses the council's willingness to be a partner. He questioned what obligations the council would be bound by when the resolution was adopted.

City Attorney Fred Suhler explained it was his opinion the resolution shows the city's interest to go into negotiation with the other entities involved. Novotny describe .....
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Preston extends until 2050 with SMMPA

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Public Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met jointly early on October 13, to hear City Attorney Dwight Luhmann's opinion on his review of the current contract offered by the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held their meeting Monday night and timewise it was probably one of the shortest meetings ever held, barely 12 minutes.

The main item on the agenda was giving permission for three city representatives to trave ..... 
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Federal Energy Tax Credit Q & A

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Question: Which products are eligible for a tax credits for energy efficient home improvements? Are they available for new construction also? What about vacation homes? Rental properties?

Answer: Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost ..... 
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Easy Ways to Save Water and Money

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Perhaps no issues are more hot button these days than the environment and the economy. The general feeling is that both need to be saved, but there are differing views as to how to go about doing so.

One of the ways that can help save the en ..... 
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County passes opportunity for stimulus funds to municipalities

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, described the pros and cons of the Federal Recovery Zone Bonds to the county board at their October 13 meeting. Fillmore County was one of 55 Minnesota counties to receive an allocation. The county was allocated ..... 
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Board requests details on recovery zone bond allocations

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Cris Gastner, Economic Development Authority (EDA), talked over with the Fillmore County Board the possibilities and limitations of the Recovery Zone Bonds allocated for Fillmore County at the board's October 6 meeting. The bonds are a possible fina ..... 
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National Trout Learning Center in Preston?

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), told the city council at their October 6 meeting that the idea of developing a Trout Learning Center in Preston is in an early discussion stage. The next step is to put together a steering ..... 
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2010 Census announcement

Fri, Oct 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

My name is Ashley Edwards and I'm working as the local government liaison for the State of Minnesota's Census 2010 Campaign. Believe it or not, Census 2010 is just six months away (Census Day is April 1, 2010). As you may know, Minnesota is one of a ..... 
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