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Harmony City Council trims budget


Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed how to make cuts in their budget for next year at their Tuesday, October 14 meeting. The preliminary budget had an increase of $90,854. The council wanted to see increases limited to $40,000, which would also decrease the tax levy.

City Administrator Jerome Illg highlighted the major budget differences from 2008 to 2009. One major difference is a decrease of $7,500 in the gas and utility budget at the Community Center. The city will be saving a lot of money because of the recent improvements on the building, but they won't know exactly how much until the end of the winter season. Council member Gerry Shuck recommended taking another $5,000 off the budget, as he believes the city will be able to save that much money in heating the building this year.

Shuck also suggested a few other cuts, and Illg will be looking them over and working on a new budget to look at for November's meeting. Shuck recommended cutting the increase of $1,750 to the street supply and maintenance budget, $22,500 from the street, fire and parks capital projects budget, $2,400 from the Community Center repair and maintenance budget and the $2,000 increase in the library budget. Also on the budget is a $23,000 payment to the USDA for Capital Improvements. The council is not positive that the payment will be due in 2009, so they are going to take that off the budget. If the payment does come due, they will use reserves from the electric fund to pay it. All of the recommended cuts totaled over $50,000.

The council had to approve an increase in the wages of the two part-time library staff, as the pay they are receiving does not match up with custodians that have the same number of points as far as pay equity. The increase in wages will come to about $3,000, according to Illg, so decreasing the library budget will cover most of that expense.

Also in the budget is the cost of taking over the school district's portion of the Summer Recreation program, which is $6,000. Illg said right now the city pays 65 percent of the total cost, and the district pays 35 percent. The school district would like the city to take over the entire cost, as that is done in other communities in the area. Illg believes that they are heading towards that, and would like to phase it in slowly. According to Illg, Harmony and Preston combined have a total cost of $25,000 a year for their summer recreation program. The fees from children participating brin .....
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Wall Street comes to Main Street

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - "We've been kicked in the rear twice since we last met!" These were the words of Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates as he addressed the Spring Valley City Council at their October 13th meeting. The comments were made as Bubaney b ..... 
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Flood damage to dam being studied

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - An evaluation of the damage done to the dam in Lanesboro is being done by Bonestroo Engineering. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman told council members at their Monday, October 6 meeting that in order for the city to get assistance fro ..... 
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POET rain garden approved

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A letter from Richard Eichstadt, General Manager of POET Biorefining, requested that the city of Preston allow POET to plant a rain garden on city property at the council's October 8 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman didn't have an o ..... 
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Board discusses economic support programs

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the regular meeting of the county commissioners on October 7, Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked for and received approval for a regional grant plan that would include Fillmore County. Boyd noted that the dollars available for Fi ..... 
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County Commissioner District 5

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Gary Gunderson, County Commissioner District 5

My accomplishments include:

• Graduating from Mabel High School;

• Serving in the U.S. Army;

• Carpenter in AFL-CIO union;

• Operating a farm and h ..... 
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County Commissioner District 3

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
Posted in Government

My name is Chuck Amunrud and I ask for your continuing support for re-election to the Fillmore County Board. I have now served six years on the County Board and have been working full time for the citizens who have elected me. Counties in Minnesota ..... 
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County Commissioner District 1

Fri, Oct 3rd, 2008
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Tom Kaase, County Commissioner District 1

For this article, I'm asked to describe myself, so here's the scoop. A husband, married to Dorle Grindland Kaase, who together have a 16 year old son, Kaine. A life-long resident of Fillmore County wh ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves plans for new pool roof

Fri, Sep 26th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council approved plans to construct a new steel roof over the municipal swimming pool at its September 22nd meeting. All council members were present and discussed construction bids from two local builders. Estimates solicited ..... 
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