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Fillmore County Board approves new ID system


Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Three department heads lobbied the county board asking them to invest in new equipment for printing more secure ID cards for county employees at their July 24 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran Services/Emergency Management, explained the advantages of an easily validated, difficult to counterfeit, durable card. Cards can have the employee's picture, signature, and holographic overlays. The system includes card design software, a printer with a special four color ribbon and a bar code reader. The system can be linked to a personnel database for easy access to information. Teske argued that it will also be a more acceptable form of identification at high security federal buildings.

Sheriff Daryl Jensen added that the system will enable him to produce durable gun carrying permits. He noted that most of the current permits were issued in 2003 shortly after the right to carry bill was made state law. The permits will need to be renewed after five years. He explained that he will use the system for more durable permit cards and to improve the integrity of the permitting process. His office will pay for half the cost of the system. He suggested that county personnel have been laughed at because of the quality of their present ID cards.

Sharon Serfling, Public Health, said that a better ID system is needed for emergencies. Her department has grant money that will be included to pay for the system. She insisted that county employees in her department need name tags when they enter people's homes. Serfling encouraged the board to get the best system on the market while grant funds are available. She suggested that cards could also be produced for volunteers in an emergency.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud stated that the county needs a standard for all its employees. He added that it might be good to make it a policy to wear an ID. Jensen agreed that citizens coming to the courthouse would be able to find someone to answer questions if they could better identify employees.

Sheriff Jensen said that his current ID card costs $7 from a supplier. With this system the county can make their own cards for 61 cents each and can change or add information to them easily.

The board approved the purchase of the equipment and a bar code reader from Alpha Card, Portland, Oregon, for a total of $3796.

2008 Budgets

The board heard from several departments on their proposed preliminary budgets for 2008. Board members reviewe .....
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Zoning Commission approves variance and CUP

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, July 19th the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted Jim Keune as the Board Chair and Steve Duxbury as Vice Chair for the coming year.

Gun Shop Variance

Bill McBride of Kava Road, Preston asked the ..... 
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Lanesboro gets $10,000 settlement on A Prairie Home Companion

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

The city's hosting of A Prairie Home Companion show in June turned a tidy profit over $10,000, due mainly from a claim filed against the rain insurance policy the city took out to safeguard the financial success of the event.

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Preston City Council Report: Country Hearth Inn TIF bond extended until 2025

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

Dan Christianson from F&M Community Bank in Preston asked the City Council to "share the pain" at their regular meeting July 16 in regards to the recent Country Hearth Inn TIF District (Tax Increment Financing) changes.

Christianson explain ..... 
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County EDA recommends HRA levy initiative

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Chris Gastner of the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority (EDA), advised the county board at their July 10 meeting that the EDA recommends that Fillmore County go ahead with a request from the Bluff County Housing and Rehabilitat ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Water tower painting delayed until well work is completed

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony's plans to repaint and reseal the water tower will have to wait until some major changes are made to the nearby well. Russ Stammer from the engineering company Bonestroo explained to the council at their July 10 meeting, that the ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Airport agreements approved

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council moved ahead with airport improvements as they approved agreements with consulting firm Mead and Hunt, Inc. at their regular meeting July 9. The council had been hesitant to sign agreements without reassurance from the FAA r ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Waste Management makes request for reconsideration

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

Dan Goodsell and Margo Underwood representatives of Waste Management, Spring Valley's current holder of the garbage contract, asked the council to reconsider their intention to put out for bids to other area garbage services at the July 9 meeting. C ..... 
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Preston considers State Building Code

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members again discussed the pros and cons of adopting the State Building Code at their July 2 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the issue was first discussed about a month ago. The council tabled the i ..... 
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