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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 explained that in 2000 the state legislature changed how they taxed properties. The changes decreased property tax rates, which then decreased the amount of taxes received for the TIF bonds.

According to Christianson, the taxes received from the Country Hearth Inn TIF bond are down to 64 percent of what they were originally. If the note continues as is, they will be short $124,000 when it is complete. Christianson requested that the city extend the note to the year 2025, at a three percent interest rate, down from seven percent. The council approved the extension, although they have no legal obligation to do so.

Christianson noted that the Park Lane Assisted Living TIF District was written differently when it was created, and the note will continue to receive payments until it expires in 2027. No action needs to be done with that district.

"This is something we have no control over," stated Christianson. "Both projects have been successful. This will stretch it out, but will minimize the loss. This is where the legislature is leaving us."

He added that the two projects, and Pro-Corn as well, would not have gone through without TIF.

Council member Robert Sauer agreed. "I think it's the best we can do in a bad situation. It's the reasonable, and the ethical, thing to do."

Police Department Requests

Police Chief Matt Schultz spoke to the council about a few issues during the meeting. One of the requests involved purchasing a software program for record keeping from USTI (United Systems Technology, Inc.). According to Schultz, the current record-keeping system used is very old and involves a lot of paper work. When doing background checks or other requests, files must be found by hand right now. Rick Dahly had requested a few bids on available programs. The start-up costs for USTI is $3,177, with an annual maintenance fee of $555. Smart System, which is currently used by the County Sheriff's Dept., costs slightly less at $3,000, but the maintenance fees are higher, and go up every year. Schultz added that the county is not happy with the system and is currently looking for a new one. They have not received a bid from the third company they looked into.

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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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Whalan subdivision in planning stages

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

WHALAN - The Whalan City Council has plans to enter into a development agreement with Secluded Land Company of Desoto, Wisconsin. The company hopes to build a subdivision on 95 acres in Section 9 of Holt Township on an area across the Root River fro ..... 
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County considers health care change

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Services Director Thomas Boyd again discussed with the commissioners the possibility of joining Houston, Mower, and Winona counties in County Based Purchasing (CBP) at their July 3 meeting. In 1999, the CBP model of managed care was ..... 
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Proposed walking trail pros and cons

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - When the Lanesboro City Council held a hearing on a proposed walking trail as part of their regular meeting July 2, they heard plenty-both pro and con! The walking trail project currently has been allocated $1,200 of the $12,000 TMI gran ..... 
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