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Veterans Cemetery process ongoing


Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud explained the on- going process to have a State Veteran Cemetery located in Fillmore County at the board's August 2 meeting. Language in the recent state bonding bill includes southeast Minnesota as a possible location for a new state veterans cemetery. Administrative changes have to be made to the contract which should happen in a week or so.

Veterans Affairs has sought a donation of land and Fillmore County has signaled its willingness to donate 153 acres of the county farm. There currently are two existing Veteran Cemeteries; Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls, and Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. It was determined in 2008 by the National Cemetery Association that southern Minnesota was more than 75 miles from the existing cemeteries. A radius of 75 miles is considered a reasonable service area for a veterans cemetery.

Amunrud detailed his recent discussion with David Swantek, director of the State Veterans Cemetery at Little Falls. It is expected to take eight to fourteen months to get the engineering and detailed drawings completed at the location in Fillmore County. If all goes well, there could be federal approval of the site by late next year. It is possible to see construction in late 2012 or in 2013 with a goal to open as early as 2014.

Amunrud said "we are OK." Swantek and his staff will come down this fall to explain the process to the board. Borings and analysis will start yet this year; including soil testing, drafting, engineering, and site selection. Amunrud stated, "This is good news for our area."

2012 Budget

Much of the meeting was dedicated to budget proposals from the Auditor/Treasurer, Zoning, Highway, Court Administration, and County Coordinator. More proposals will continue to be presented at up-coming board meetings. For the purpose of the proposals a cost of living increase of 1.5 percent is figured in. An estimate of a 15 percent increase in health insurance premiums has been included. Shirl Boelter reported that the county share of delinquent taxes from 2005 through 2010 is $122,314.61.

Commissioners whittled away at the proposals line by line to streamline the budget. Highway will probably still see a large increase in their budget for equipment replacement. Many purchases have been put off for budget reasons as long as four years. Maintenance costs force the replacement of the aged equipment. About $235,000 was left in the bud .....
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Preston hears complaints over parking ban

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

Residents detailed their complaints against the 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. parking ban around the Courthouse Square at the council's August 1 meeting. The ordinance has been on the books since 1950, but had not been e ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, August 8, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 8, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, August 8, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears from Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation

Fri, Aug 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

Tim Penny, CEO/President of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 1, 2011. He spoke about some things the organization had done, as well as goals for the upcoming year.

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Chatfield to amend sign ordinance

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council at their July 25 meeting authorized city attorney Fred Suhler to draft an amendment to the sign ordinance to allow two signs on a building. The ordinance currently allows only one sign on a building in all commercial and i ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council decertifies TIF District

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night to Decertify the Tax Increment Financing District of the Downtown Hotel and sidewalk properties. The Tax Increment Financing District was created on June 26, 2000 and as of July 25, 2011 all ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, August 1, Lanesboro City Council, Lanesboro City Hall, 5:30 p.m.

• Monday, August 1, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 1, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5:00 p.m.< ..... 
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Health and Human Services changes discussed

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Government

Social Services Manager Gail Bunge and Public Health Director of Nursing Lantha Stevens discussed the Health and Human Services omnibus bill at the county board's July 26 meeting. Bunge remarked that the preliminary information shows that some progr ..... 
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Preston forms negotiating committee

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Government

kreisner@fillmorecountyjournal.com

The Preston City Council at their July 18 meeting approved members to sit on a committee to negotiate a new city/utility contract with the Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA). City Administrator Joe ..... 
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