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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 planned replacement at four year intervals.

The Information Systems (IS) Committee recommended that each department head keep maintenance records and request replacement from the Information Systems staff when needed. County Coordinator Karen Brown referred to the new policy as a "just in time" purchasing policy.

The IS committee recommended wording saying this new policy was implemented during the 2009 budget cutting process and should be reviewed annually. The commissioners by consensus struck this wording and approved the rest of the amendment as recommended by the committee.

Commissioner Duane Bakke insisted that the amendment to the policy was desirable even before the recent money crunch. Brown said that the documentation of maintenance work will help recognize a "lemon" computer and lessen lost productivity because of down time.

Bakke questioned whether using the state bid to purchase rather than putting out for bids is the most economical. Commissioner Randy Dahl commented that there were deals out there cheaper than the state bid. The state bid also restricts the choices. Bakke insisted that the computers used by the commissioners should be the same. Brown assured the commissioners that the prices available compared to the state bid are checked on a regular basis.

Dahl suggested that he didn't need a computer with as much memory as ordered to replace his failing machine. Chairman Chuck Amunrud responded, "Sometimes when you look for less you end up paying more." He stressed that it was important that the computers be compatible with other departments. Commissioner Marc Prestby agreed, "Once you start customizing, you start paying more."

Legislative Amendment

Amunrud explained that counties across the state had asked that the state legislature approve an amendment that would have rescinded Maintenance of Effort (MOE) required by the state. The amendment was defeated in the legislative committee. MOE's require set levels of local expenditures. The MOE is a statutory requirement which requires the counties, in this case, to maintain program funding at a set minimum level. The level is usually set based on a level of expenditures for services for the .....
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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.

H ..... 
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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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Harmony looks for more budget cuts

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony received their second LGA (Local Government Aid) payment for 2008 on December 15. They usually receive two payments a year from the state for a total of $375,000. This year, however, with the state looking at adeficit, many citie ..... 
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Spring Valley Council and Sheriff discuss law enforcement contract

Fri, Jan 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

"Difficult times require difficult answers."

Such was the temperament as Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the Spring Valley City Council. The conversation was direct and honest between Jensen and the City Council as both units of government f ..... 
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