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County board reviews 2010 progress


Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

In January, when Duane Bakke became chairman of the county board, he listed seven issues that would need the board's attention during the year. The board looked at what has been accomplished to date on these issues at their September 7 meeting.

1) Radio interoperability of emergency systems. Sheriff Daryl Jensen was unable to attend this day's meeting. Bakke asked Commissioner Tom Kaase about the progress as he serves on the Regional Radio Board and is part of the southeast Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) group. Funding for the federally mandated changes for emergency communications at the county level was a great concern to the board. Initially, there was talk of levying as much as $3 million for the project. Kaase said working for grant funding is an ongoing process.

Kaase credited the board for their approach and their holding back and asking questions before making a decision. Bakke suggested they should be able to help facilitate grants for cities and emergency departments for necessary equipment. Nothing has been set aside in the 2011 budget for the change in the emergency systems.

2) The ruling on the un-allotment law suit. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled against Governor Tim Pawlenty in May, saying he exceeded his un-allotment authority.

3) Rural Addressing. County Coordinator Karen Brown said some signs are not visible. Bakke asked who is responsible for maintenance. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud stated the home owners are responsible for the visibility of their own signs as it is in their own best interest to keep them visible.

4) Veteran's Cemetery. Chuck Amunrud is the lead person for the cemetery. He said he recently met with David Swantek from the Little Falls Veterans Cemetery. A committee of consultants has done an initial walk around, taking pictures of the proposed site on the Fillmore County farm. Amunrud said they are waiting for the report to see if the committee had any concerns which Amunrud said they would try to mitigate. They are also looking at a site in St. Louis County.

Fillmore County board members are waiting for action in January in the state legislature to change language so funds could be appropriated for a feasibility study. Amunrud said they have done all they can to this point.

5) Review of security in county buildings. Sheriff Jensen usually attends board meetings. Bakke asked that this issue be put on the agenda for discussion at the next Facilities Commit .....
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Preston sets preliminary levy

Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council considered a revised budget at their September 7 meeting before approving the 2011 budget and preliminary levy. One of the changes in the budget was a reduction in the expected health insurance premium to just a two percent ..... 
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Lanesboro works toward getting approval of levy

Mon, Sep 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the meeting on September 7, the Lanesboro City Council approved the preliminary budget and tax levy for 2011. They approved a proposed levy of $442,720. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained this number, which is a seven percent increase ..... 
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Preston sees a challenging budget year and potential bond interest savings

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council discussed the 2011 budget challenges and the upside potential of significant interest savings through the refinancing of debt at their August 16 meeting. The weak economy's low interest rates have given the city an opportuni ..... 
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Lanesboro prepares for public hearing

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government



Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates came to a special joint meeting with the City Council and the Public Utilities Commission. The first item he discussed with them was refinancing two electric revenue bonds. They have a bond from 2001 and ..... 
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Chatfield debates budget

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

After a record short seven minute council meeting on August 23, the Committee of the Whole spent the greatest share of two hours discussing the 2011 budget. The big unknown for any city, or the counties, adding to the confusion, is the amount of sta ..... 
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Spring Valley council concerned about jeopardizing federal grant

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the first look of the proposed budget to Council on Monday night and the Preliminary Budget Comparison shows a decrease in many departments. Increases were shown in administration, going from $179,016.00 in 20 ..... 
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Disputing utility bills in Wykoff

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
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The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 12th, 2010 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Betty Niemeyer, Al Williams and Cheryl D ..... 
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Referendum will be the hot topic

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore Central School Board chose three meeting dates for times to meet with residents in Preston, Harmony, and Fountain. These meetings will be a chance for residents of these towns to ask questions and discuss the upcoming referendum the dis ..... 
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