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Preston looking to cut $30,000 more


Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman offered options to the city council on how to re-budget for 2009 at their February 2 meeting. Hoffman noted that the expected cuts of Local Government Aid (LGA) from the state for this year creates an unusual situation. Budgets are usually developed and set as much as a half a year prior to needed expenditures. The LGA cuts are requiring cutbacks on budgets already being implemented.

Hoffman said that Governor Pawlenty's proposed cuts to LGA for Preston were not as bad as he had feared. The governor's proposal is for a 5 to 10-percent cut. It looks like the city will have about a $60,000 reduction in 2009 and another $65,000 in 2010. Hoffman noted that there will be another revenue forecast in March. The numbers are only a proposal as the legislature approves the state budget.

Hoffman remarked that the "easy and clean way" to come up with the additional $60,000 would be to take $60,000 from the Street Fund. That happens to be the figure that was added to the street fund budget due to the retirement of the Tax Increment Financing for POET Biorefining. The street fund is for construction and repair. Hoffman doesn't expect the city will be doing any large projects on streets until at least 2011. The council decided months ago to add the $60,000 to build the fund up so that the city could afford to do projects large enough to attract contractor bids.

Councilman Jon Haugan didn't want to see the Street Fund reduced to near zero. There is $120,000 in the fund now with $60,000 of that to go to last year's project. Councilman Robert Sauer agreed that $30,000 or so should be left in the fund to be added to future projects. The other $30,000 originally budgeted for the Street Fund would be used to offset the loss of LGA. Hoffman agreed to work with department heads to bring recommendations back to the council on possible additional cuts to make up the other $30,000 needed.

Historical Society

Richard Petsch updated the council on the activities and accomplishments of the Preston Historical Society (PHS) during 2008. He said that they developed a master plan for the elevator complex using a photo from 1916.

Tapes were transcribed to written word from tapes made in 1978. The master copies of the work are at the Fillmore County Historical Society in Fountain. Petsch said that 45 people from different working backgrounds had been interviewed. The PHS hopes to develop a book from the transcript .....
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Recession increases demand for Social Services

Fri, Feb 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd gave some ballooning and troubling statistics of increased demand for services due to the depressed economy at the board's February 3 meeting. Food stamp cases went from 322 in January 2008, to 399 in De ..... 
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County amends Computer Replacement Policy

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at their January 27 meeting. In accordance with their ongoing effort to rein in costs where possible an amendment to the computer replacement policy was amended to read "as needed," removing wording for a ..... 
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Rushford hires fundraising firm for library project

Fri, Jan 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Minus one-member, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously last Monday, January 26, to enter into a contract with Winona-based consultants, Crescendo-LLP, to "manage and direct" a capital campaign designed to raise $1.2-million for con ..... 
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Preston concerned over expected LGA cuts

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman updated the city council as to expected Local Government Aid (LGA) cuts from the state at the January 20 meeting. He said that more will be known when the Governor Pawlenty's budget is released on January 27.

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Lanesboro City Council looks at budget scenarios

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

The main issue on the agenda was the budget when the Lanesboro City Council met on January 20. Administrator Bobbie Vickerman came up with some budget scenarios for the council to consider.

According to Vickerman, Governor Pawlenty will pres ..... 
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County Board looking for reform in government

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another list of housekeeping items dominated the second county board meeting of the new year on January 13. An informal discussion among the commissioners gave glimpses of possible reforms and planning to further control costs and to better work wit ..... 
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Board of Adjustment approves Flynn variance

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment approved two variances applied for by Steve and Denise Flynn, Carrolton Township, at their January 15 meeting. Last summer the board had denied variance applications from the couple to build a permanent dwelli ..... 
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Vacancies create opportunities for Rushford citizens

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

An unexpected vacancy on the Rushford city council, as well as openings on a number of commissions, make this the perfect time for Rushford citizens to ask what they can do for their city.

Councilwoman Laura Deering announced January 1 that ..... 
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