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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 some recommendations that resulted in savings of $25,300. These changes to the budget included city employee health insurance changes, a reduction in the cost for visitor center repairs, a reduction of $10,000 in the amount of money set aside for purchasing city equipment. He also reduced the library expenditures by $2,500.

Illg stated that any more cuts would have to be the decision of the council, but he did not feel comfortable recommending any more.

Council member Gerald Shuck suggested reducing the money that is set aside for the Community Center projects from $20,000 to $10,000 since money for the project will be bonded. He also recommended giving $5,000 of that reduction back to the fund for city equipment. This would make the cuts total $30,300.

"I think we're good with our reserve dollars right now," said Mayor Dave Kingsley. "We don't need to keep padding them."

Illg figured the property tax increase with those cuts would still be around 12-13 percent, which many council members felt was still too high. Another $12,000 would have to be cut to reduce the tax increase to 10 percent.

Shuck mentioned that the city was $60,000 under budget last year and was wondering where that money went. Illg said half of the money went to the Jacobson addition and the rest for the Community Center projects. The extra money in the budget came from several areas. Illg also mentioned that there has been no increase in state LGA money for the past five years.

There was some discussion about cutting money from the park board funds, but council member Mark McKay said that money was going to be spent fixing the bathrooms near the football field. Shuck suggested looking into contracting mowers for the summer, and Illg will look into the cost of doing that.

The Truth and Taxation meeting will be held on Dec. 4, with the continuation on Dec. 11. The council will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 to discuss further ideas for budget cuts and make a final decision.

Community Center Funding

The council looked at a couple of different ways of financing improvements needed at the Community Center. The improvements include new outside walls and windows in the ro .....
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Corps report says flood exceeded 500-year mark

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - If the Rushford City Council really needed official proof that the flood of '07 was a bad one, they got it at their meeting last Monday, November 12, in the form of a draft of a report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Co ..... 
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Commissioners discuss publishing public notices

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the Nov. 13 county board meeting, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter asked the board to advertise for newspaper bids for the official newspaper for 2008. This procedure is followed each fall to designate a newspaper as the official ..... 
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Spring Valley moves forward on street project

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - At the regular Nov. 13 meeting, the Spring Valley City Council gave the go ahead to Yaggy Colby Associates for the final design and construction services for the 2008 CIP project which includes storm water and sanitary for Hudson Ave ..... 
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County Board deals with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An array of zoning issues were discussed by the county board at their November 6 meeting. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig asked the board to consider a resolution to amend Section 7, subpart 721 of the county ordinance dealing with requi ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council to determine assessment policy

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro will be making some street repairs and other capital improvements in the near future. The costs of some of these projects will be assessed to adjacent property owners, and the city council members have the job of de ..... 
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Wind company seeks permit for meteorological towers

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The same company that developed the 100 MW Grand Meadow Wind Farm in Mower County is seeking a conditional use permit to put up two meteorological testing towers in Fillmore County. enXco (pronounced en-ex-co), which develops, operates and ..... 
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Preston council finalizes street and utility assessment rolls

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council listened to the public at their November 5 meeting. Joe Palen and Brett Grabau of Bonestroo and Associates gave an overview of the 2007 street and utility improvements and the work yet to be finished in the spring ..... 
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EDA and DEED agree on Rushford relief package

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford EDA quickly and unanimously approved taking a second-bite at the disaster recovery apple in a special afternoon meeting.

As outlined by consultant Chuck Pettipiece, a revised community application - pre-approved by DE ..... 
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