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Lanesboro city considers new software purchase


Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman would like the city council to approve a software upgrade for the city office employees. She presented information and bid amounts to the council at the regular meeting on January 22.

The software that Vickerman would like to have for her computer and the computer of the deputy clerk is from Banyon Software, and the cost for both computers would be around $16,450. According to Vickerman, Banyon is the most widely used software, and would be used for utility billing, fund accounting and payroll. Banyon demonstrated the software to the employees recently.

"This software is way more current, and much more user-friendly," said Vickerman. She added that although it will cost a lot of money up front, it will save the city money in the long run. The much simpler program will save them a lot of time, and they will be able to use it for things they are unable to do with their current software.

There is a one day training for each of the three parts of the software; payroll, utilities and fund accounting. Vickerman also mentioned that the utilities commission really wants them to use this program.

Vickerman will be asking Banyon to give the council a demo to show how much easier and efficient it is compared to what they use now.

Vickerman also asked for approval from the council to invest some money into two different money market accounts. Currently, large amounts of money are in the city's checking account throughout the year and are not collecting a lot of interest. This way, the money would be collecting more interest and would still be accessible if needed. The council approved the investment of up to $150,000 for the city account and $100,000 for the utilities account.

Vickerman has been working on the Assessment Policy with Dillon Dumbrovski from Yaggy Colby and has a few changes recommended by Dumbrovski. A public hearing will be held on the policy before the regular meeting on February 18, and the final policy must be finished before the meeting on February 4.

Other Business

• Two new members were added to the EDA (Economic Development Authority); Hal Cropp and Fred Kiel.

• The council approved a 20-year contract with Dairyland Energy. The city can opt out of the variable contract every two years.

• The time for the February 4 meeting was changed to 6:30.

Legislators meet with county board

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

Area Representatives Jeanne Poppe and Ken Tschumper, along with Senators Sharon Ropes and Dan Sparks, met with Fillmore County commissioners on Tuesday, January 15, to discuss upcoming bonding priorities for the 2008 Minnesota legislative session wh ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Rushford and Winona Health at odds over clinic building

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council, meeting for the first time in 2008 on January 14, immediately swore-in newly-elected council members. Not since former Mayor Ted Roberton resigned 2½-years-ago after only 5-months into his second term have residents e ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discuses new swimming pool

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The meeting of the Spring Valley City Council on Monday night was typical of the beginning of a new year. Committees were filled with new members and the legal steps of passing resolutions consumed most of the agenda.

The Mayor brought up t ..... 
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Kelleher tells county board "flood victims need to apply"

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - With the new year the county board elected a new chairman, Randy Dahl, and a new vice-chairman, Chuck Amunrud. Dahl started by again thanking everyone involved in the flood recovery effort including city and county staffs and the many volu ..... 
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Preston will blacktop Industrial Drive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their January 7, 2008 meeting to proceed with blacktopping Industrial Drive in the Industrial Park.

General Manager Richard Eichstadt of POET Biorefining (Pro-Corn, LLC) had first requested an imp ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Chamber activities updated

Fri, Jan 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce is holding their annual meeting on January 14 to discuss highlights from 2007 and plans for the next year. Executive Director Julie Kiehne presented the City Council with the Annual Chamber Report at the regular mee ..... 
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Rushford Council considers flood loan for business start-up

Fri, Dec 28th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The process for distributing state flood recovery loans to Rushford businesses, a bumpy ride initially, is becoming more smooth: a flood-damaged business fills out a mountain of paperwork which then goes to the EDA and a special loan comm ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: SELCO funding reduction explained to council

Fri, Dec 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - At the request of the Lanesboro City Council, Ann Hutton from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) attended the regular meeting on December 17 to explain the reason that the Lanesboro Public Library is receiving $4,000 less this ye ..... 
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