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Senator Erickson-Ropes addresses the Rushford City Council


Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The theme could have easily been summed up, "Let's go through this together," with Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes addressing the council at the Monday, July 27th, meeting. While it's an appreciated goal, and certainly one the city is intent on fostering, it seems as though on a large scale it may not be the reality.

Ropes called for a unified front, noting that she relies on "bottom-up government," beginning at the local level. "I can best represent you if I'm aware of your needs," she said.

With the state facing the potential of another 6 billion dollar deficit due to the economic downturn, she was quick to point out that Minnesota is not immune. She went on note that the public often wonders how this happens and she made it abundantly clear that it is a projected deficit if the current level of spending continues. With less revenue streams and less spending, Ropes reported, "We have a 2 billion dollar hole waiting for us. With the decrease in revenue, we're looking at another 6 billion dollar deficit."

The city of Rushford is already facing "tough numbers" having dealt with a LGA (Local Government Aid) cut of $39,000 last December and a potential $96,000 cut next year.

The optimistic Ropes encouraged the council by saying, "There's always an end, even when you're standing up to your knees in mud. We will still land on our feet." Her next question, "What do you want me to know?" was met with considerable silence before librarian Susan Hart spoke up with two comments.

"First, I find it hard to believe that there was a sense of working together in this last legislature. There are just these little games," said Hart before continuing on to her second comment.

Ropes acknowledged, "There are 'these little power struggles, little games', when let's get down to business," before continuing to foster the idea of working together. "We need to look at the long-term interest of Minnesota."

Ladewig added, "I find it humorous that when the state budget is in trouble, they go traipsing back to their constituents when they didn't have anything to do with wrecking it."

Council member Jim Wolter noted that the compensation for the last deficit seemed disproportionate. "The smaller the community is, the more difficult (the effect is)."

With the latest cuts, Ropes explained that the governor had chosen an arbitrary target of towns with a population of at least 1,000 before mentioning that the target wa .....
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Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young to serve on local government aid study group

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

Mayor Les Knutson announced the appointment to the LGA group and congratulated Mr. Young at the city council's July 27 meeting. The formation of the Local Government Aid (LGA) Study Group was authorized by the 2008 Tax Bill, 3149. State Senate Tax C ..... 
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Spring Valley ambulance purchase?

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met Monday night, July 27th. The one item on the agenda that took up the most time was the proposal to purchase a new ambulance.

Ambulance Director Jim Cooper addressed the council and presented a purchase prop ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses bullying issue

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council spent a lot of time discussing the recent school bullying issue at their meeting on July 20. Council member Ceil Allen had read about the problem in the papers and felt that it was a community issue, not just a school issu ..... 
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Dead tree removal in Preston

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Tree Inspector Bill Cox discussed the need for the city of Preston to look ahead and decide how to deal with what could be multiple diseased trees with the Emerald Ash Borer at the city council's July 7 meeting. The immediate problem was a larg ..... 
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The 250 bridge will officially reopen

Wed, Jul 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

The 250 bridge will officially reopen tomorrow afternoon, July 23, for all traffic, workers will be still working in that area, however you will be able to get through there!

Emergency vehicles can get through as of this evening!

Fillmore County may participate in a chemical and mental health program redesign

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Services Administrator Thomas Boyd discussed the progress of a twelve-county effort for collaboration in the southeast region at the Fillmore County board's July 7 meeting. The effort is still in its infancy and has not been approved by any o ..... 
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Historic bridges complicate improvement plans

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Commissioner Tom Kaase reported on a meeting concerning two bridges in Fillmore Township scheduled for rehabilitation or replacement at the Fillmore County Board's July 14 meeting. The meeting involved County Engineer John Grindeland, Kaase, townshi ..... 
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Chatfield Councilors agonize over Burr Oak Avenue decision

Fri, Jul 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Council held a closed door meeting lasting about 70 minutes discussing the Burr Oak Avenue extension project at their July 13 meeting. They had the closed door meeting due to the possibility or potential litigation if they go forward ..... 
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