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County wraps up 2010 business


Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County board had a long busy meeting on December 28 finishing 2010 business and discussing with legislators improvements that could make county government more efficient in the years ahead. The discussion with legislators is detailed in a separate article.

Solid Waste Amendment

An amendment to the waste ordinance was approved after a public hearing. There was no comment from the public. Solid Waste Administrator Jon Martin said the amendment changes recycling from a dual stream to a single stream. Meaning, all recyclables can be put into the same container.

There is evidence that going with a single stream improves the rate of recycling and lowers the cost per ton. It will also be safer for residents dropping off recyclables at the recovery center.

Martin emphasized that single stream does not allow people to put their land fill trash in the same container as the recyclables.

ARMER

An agreement was approved contingent on the county attorney's approval that lays out each entity's responsibility for the ARMER towers.

Fillmore County will eventually have four state built towers to complete the backbone for ARMER. Two towers have already been built. The Wykoff tower is located west and south of Wykoff. The Amherst tower is located in section 4 or 5 of Amherst Township. MnDot is in the process of acquiring land in the Harmony area and in section 7 of Beaver Township to build the remaining two towers. They should be complete in a year or two.

These towers will be used for the operation of the 800 MHz system. No county funds will be used to build or maintain the towers.

2011 Budget and Levy and Pay Plans

The 2011 budget in the amount of $23,001,417 was approved which is down 4.3% from 2010. The final levy of $7,983,838 was approved showing an increase of 3.5% over 2010. The per capita cost for the levy is $393.41.

The 2011 non-union pay plan was approved with a 1% increase. The 2011 merit pay plan was approved.

Medical Assistance

Transportation

The board continued to discuss the SEMCAC volunteer driver reimbursement. Volunteer drivers who transport MA patients to their appointments have in the past been reimbursed by the federal government for their mileage both for miles loaded and no-load miles. Volunteer drivers are not paid for their time.

The Department of Human Services has now made a final decision to no longer reimburse no-lo .....
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Spring Valley wraps up 2010

Sun, Jan 2nd, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Wednesday night and wrapped up the business for 2010. There was a public hearing on the former Elementary School Meeting House Lot vacation request. As reported earlier the Kingsland Public Schools had requested ..... 
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Preston Ambulance Service fined again

Thu, Dec 23rd, 2010
Posted in Government

Preston council members discussed the scheduling difficulties with ambulance director Ryan Throckmorton at the council's December 20 meeting. Throckmorton was hired in October as director. Since that time, a primary focus of the ambulance service ha ..... 
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Rushford waits to set final tax levy

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city council will wait until its next meeting to set the final 2011 property tax levy. The proposed amount, set in September, is $763,378. This represents a 4.2 percent increase over last year.

A summary from the city states, "Rushford r ..... 
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Peterson City Council 2011 budget increase approved

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular Peterson City Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Eidenschink on Tuesday, December 7, 2010, with the following council members present: Jan Smaby, Tim Hallum, and Bill Grindland. Also present was Lolly Melander. Randy Benson and ..... 
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Sheriff department to be outfitted with 800 MHz radios

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen explained at the county board's December 14 meeting the use of grants to pay the lion's share of the cost of 44 radios. The timely purchase allows the county to take advantage of a fourth quarter discount from Motorola, saving t ..... 
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Chatfield WWTP bond refinancing

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, detailed the plan to refinance the Wastewater Treatment Plant General Obligation Bond at the council's December 13 meeting. The existing debt is about $7 million. Chatfield again received a favorable Standard ..... 
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Harmony discusses health insurance hikes and wage step policy

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

There was much discussion at the recent Harmony City Council meeting about changes to the benefits for city employees. The Personnel Committee gave their recommendations to the council for approval.

The council approved the recommendation t ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council adopts levy and budget for 2011

Fri, Dec 17th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council has adopted the budget for 2011 and it reflects some additional cuts that were made by City Administrator Deb Zimmer. She told the Council that she has been working with the department heads and reported that the stree ..... 
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