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Five-person tourism committee established by Spring Valley city council


Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

A few weeks ago the Spring Valley City Council set up a Tourism Committee that would deal specifically with issues involving tourism. They would have a budget, operate the Visitor Information Center and coordinate advertising promoting Spring Valley. It was necessary to form a committee that would act in that capacity. On Monday night five people were approved by the city council.

Those named were: Steve Hadoff for a 2-year term, Mary Jo Dathe for 1 year, George Osterhus 3 years, Kathy Simpson 2 years and Todd Jones for 3 years. The committee will be meeting in the very near future to begin their work, establishing goals and expected progress.

Once a year the city council meets with representatives of the townships surrounding the city to draft and approve an annual agreement for fire protection. The meeting this year was held on February 3 and included Spring Valley Township, Bloomfield Township, Frankford Township, Sumner Township and Forestville Township. The costs are traditionally broken down by percentages based on population. Any costs are divided 50-50 between the townships and the city. The agreement also specifies that the parties jointly contribute towards the purchase price of newly acquired units of fire fighting apparatus of such size and efficiency "as they may agree upon." Any units are kept and stored in good running and operating condition at the fire station located in the city of Spring Valley.

The agreement goes on to state that "the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department shall answer any fire alarm originating within the area of any of the municipalities unless engaged in answering an earlier alarm elsewhere."

When members of the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Department answer calls outside the corporate limits, the sum of $8.00 per person answering the call plus the sum of $8.00 per hour or fraction thereof for each member of the crew accompanying the fire apparatus is charged.

Training costs will also be reimbursed on a 50 percent basis.

The council approved a resolution that approved agent signatures to sign checks and transact other business on behalf of the city council. Approval was given to James Struzyk, mayor, Deb Zimmer, city administrator and Tony Archer, council member. The Corporate Authorization Resolution is with Home Federal Savings Bank of Spring Valley.

There were no reports from commissioners or council members.

Davids and Poppe comment on the 2010 legislative session

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The 2010 Minnesota legislative session convened on February 4. Without a doubt the greatest area of contention, and the area with the least room to maneuver for both sides, is the budget. In November a forecast was made of a $1.2 billion deficit. Fi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward with Potter

Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield councilors approved the Redevelopment Plan for Potter renovation, the title transfer from the Chatfield School District to the Chatfield EDA, along with financial and outside maintenance support and bookkeeping services, at their February ..... 
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Preston discusses proposed parking ordinance

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman and Police Chief Matt Schultz offered revisions to the city's parking ordinance at the city council's February 1 meeting. Hoffman made it known that he didn't expect any action this day, but he expected there to be an ..... 
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Working the bugs out of Fountain plant

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported a few problems at the new waste water treatment plant that still need a little tweaking to get everything working just right at the Fountain City Council's February 4 meeting. He said the equipment and readi ..... 
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County approves redesign resolution

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

Social Services Director Tom Boyd discussed the resolution with commissioners at their February 2 meeting. It was approved unanimously. Boyd said the redesign resolution will be sent to state legislators. The emphasis for the ten counties in southea ..... 
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Veterans turn out for citizen input

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board room was filled to capacity for the board's January 26 meeting. The personnel committee has developed a redesign proposal for community services. The plan is to establish a new position, Community Services Administrator, wh ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses marketing initiatives to promote tourism

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 11, Chamber Executive Director Julie Kiehne gave the council an update.

Kiehne invited the council to the Chamber's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 13. The 113 members of the Lanesbor ..... 
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Spring Valley permits EDA to award grants

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

It was a night for housekeeping for the Spring Valley City Council. Council members approved a resolution approving ambulance write-offs. The total write-offs per this resolution amount to $10,521.78. Write-offs dating back to 2008 were $410.73, res ..... 
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