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Lanesboro looks at budget cuts for 2008


Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Before the regular City Council meeting on December 3, residents of Lanesboro were invited to a Public Hearing to discuss the budget or levy items for 2008. There were no citizens at the meeting to ask any questions. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained to the council during the regular meeting some of the changes she had made to the budget.

Vickerman has managed to reduce the tax levy amount to five percent, bringing the total proposed levy down from $408,224 in September to $382,576. She has been looking at different areas of the budget and coming up with ideas for ways to cut costs and increase revenue. One of the areas she was looking at is the ambulance service, and the rates that are charged.

Lanesboro currently charges $350 per call. The rates of surrounding communities are all around $500-600. Vickerman believes Medicare pays around $470-500, but she is going to find out the exact figure. Some communities charge a different fee for locations out of the area, and some have a charge for treating a patient without transporting them. Vickerman suggested the council look at changing the rates by January 1.

She added that the money made by the ambulance service could be built up in a capital fund for future purchases, or some money could be transferred to the city office for compensation of the paper work that is done.

Council member Joe O'Connor mentioned that a plan should be developed for building a separate ambulance shed. Vickerman stated it is part of the Community Center Capital Improvement Plan.

Another way the city could build up some revenue would be to transfer money that usually sits in the checking account for six months into a money market where it can build interest and still be readily available. The library also reduced their budget by $5,000. Vickerman recommended the council members look the budget over and offer any suggestions, as the budget and levy will have to be adopted at the next meeting December 17.

Capital Planning

Vickerman also presented the council with a list of potential projects that need to be completed soon. The number one priority, according to Vickerman and the engineers at Yaggy Colby, is the Whittier Street project. There have been many problems with water run-off in the area. The project would include full street reconstruction, replacing all water main and storm sewer, as well as adding drains. The estimated cost of the project is $6 .....
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Rushford council approves loans for six businesses

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - So far, distributing the state flood relief money to damaged Rushford businesses is proving to be as challenging as securing the funds in the first place.

At its regular meeting last Monday, November 26, the Rushford city council ..... 
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Spring Valley Council reviews 2008 levy

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, Nov. 26 and discussed the proposed 2008 budget and tax levy. City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the preliminary figures to council members and pointed out areas where the budget will ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Commissioners grapple with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A variety of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requests were each approved by the board after thorough discussions at their November 27 meeting. Darin Funk of Spring Valley listed several concerns he and his wife Tori have about a plan to open ..... 
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Rushford will rebuild liquor store in same location

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the aftermath of August's flood, the city of Rushford has had to make many decisions quickly that will impact the residents for years to come. Last Thursday, the city council took up the issue of what to do with public properties damag ..... 
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Lanesboro Council to review street sweeper quotes

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro looked at the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper at the regular meeting on November 19. City employee Andy Drake presented the council with quotes from Mac Queen Equipment in St. Paul for two different s ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Caboose for Preston

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Richard Petsch, Preston Historical Society, informed the city council of the historical society's purchase of a Milwaukee Road Railroad caboose at their regular November 19 meeting. Petsch said that a down payment has been made to purchase ..... 
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Wind company gets go ahead for testing towers in Harmony and Bristol Twps.

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission approved four conditional use permits at its November 15 meeting, including two permits for wind testing towers.

A California company that develops, operates and manages wind energy ..... 
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Harmony Council looks at proposed budget cuts

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Deciding where to make cuts in the budget was an item of much discussion for the members of the Harmony City Council during their regular meeting on Nov. 13. City Administrator Jerome Illg, with direction from the council, had come up with ..... 
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