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Lanesboro council works on 2009 budget


Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working on the budget for 2009. She presented the council with some of her suggested cuts, as well as a comparison with the 2008 budget at the September 2 meeting.

According to Vickerman, the police department had asked to increase their budget from $79,000 to $83,000, and Vickerman increased it to $82,000. There was also an increase in the salary of the librarian Jill Veerkamp. She is looking to have more participation from the Rural Board for the fire funds to help out in that department. Cuts were made to the Park Board budget due to the decrease in funds from campers this year. The bond from 1983 for the water tower project will be included in this year's levy, but will likely be paid off next year. Vickerman also budgeted for the Whittier/Maple projects, adding five percent as suggested by the engineers.

Vickerman and other city employees are working on making cuts across the board for next year to keep from having to increase the tax levy.

On-Sale Liquor

Mike Charlebois from the Riverside on the Root had previously requested a liquor license from the council in order to serve mixed drinks at the restaurant. Riverside is currently allowed to serve wine and strong beer. Vickerman explained that the statutory limit for on-sale liquor licenses is four. The question came up as to whether or not the city should ask voters to decide if that number should be increased. The question could be placed on the ballot for the general election in November.

There was some discussion about what increasing the number could do for the city, and if other businesses would also want on-sale licenses. Vickerman is going to talk with the Chamber of Commerce and get their opinion, as well as look into how other cities handle the liquor licenses for on-sale hard liquor. The council would have to decide how to ask the question on the ballot, whether to give a certain number or just ask to increase the limit, and if they should even put the question on the ballot. The council will hold a special meeting to discuss the issue further on Monday, September 8 at 5:30.

Other Business

• Vickerman received an estimate for the boiler replacement at the Community Center building. The estimate, from WHV, Inc. was for $49,760. The amount was higher than Vickerman had hoped, as they had decided to go with one boiler and save some money. Vickerman explained that the boiler in th .....
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Preston adopts preliminary 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman detailed nearly $21,000 in further budget reductions for 2009 at the council's September 3 meeting. Half of those cuts came from $11,000 less of an increase in health insurance premiums than expected. The total expecte ..... 
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County working to reduce 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown detailed the proposed 2009 budget to the Fillmore County Board at their September 2 meeting. Duane Bakke was absent. She explained that overall there will not be an increase in health insurance costs.

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Debris Grant criteria expanded to include ag

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Expansion of the criteria for eligibility for Debris Grant funds available after the 2007 flood was discussed at the August 26 meeting. There is nearly $300,000 left to be dispersed. Commissioner Marc Prestby noted that the deadline for the distribu ..... 
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Street plans next step in Rushford motel project

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
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RUSHFORD - Plans to develop 23-acres of land on Rushford's northern border with the Village moved another step forward at last Monday's August 25, 2008 City council meeting. Minus Laura Deering, council members Dahl, Johnson, Benson and Mayor Ladewi ..... 
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Preston tennis court nears completion

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Treasurer Chuck Aug of the Preston Area Community Foundation presented checks to the Preston City Council totaling over $70,000 at the city council's August 25 meeting be used for the city's tennis court project. He explained that $25,000 was an out ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the vario ..... 
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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
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PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois ..... 
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Lanesboro issues bonds for capital improvement projects

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has approved selling bonds to finance Capital Improvement Projects that will be done in the next year. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. explained how the bonds will be paid off, and how it will affect the city's tax ..... 
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