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County Board passes resolution on Hwy 52


Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board passed a resolution in support of immediate reconstruction of the deteriorating Highway 52 Corridor from the I-90 Interchange to Fountain at their June 5 meeting. The resolution requests that MnDot move forward to "analyze the project, secure funding, and reconstruct the TH 52 Corridor." Representative Ken Tschumper called the recent state legislative session a "mixed session." He was especially discouraged over the Transportation Bill and he was dismayed that we ended up with a "lights on only" transportation bill. Obviously, no funds are likely to be available to reconstruct any part of TH 52 north of Fountain.

Commissioner Duane Bakke made it clear that the state is missing out on a lot of federal matching dollars in the amount of about four billion dollars. This money could have been available if the state would have come up with their part of the money. Tschumper insisted that he would again introduce a bill to raise the gas tax in February to get a large infusion of state and federal money to reconstruct and rehabilitate state roads.

The resolution in support of TH 52 reconstruction will be sent to the governor, lieutenant governor, and legislators.

Thomas Boyd, Social Services, discussed along with Rep. Tschumper the MR/RC (Mental Retardation or Related Conditions) Waiver and the repayment for overspending in 2004 and 2005 requested by the state. Tschumper suggested that it looks like Fillmore County has been forgiven that debt with the recent Health and Human Services Bill. The county overspent by 5% and Bakke suggested that it was still unclear if all the debt was forgiven.

Fillmore County along with about eleven other counties overspent partially because of a reduction of allocated funds in 2003 and the inability to cut people out of the program by law. MR/RC Waiver program was intended as an alternative to institutional care. There is about a $22,000 cost savings per person, but there also has been a large increase in the number of cases.

Tschumper was frustrated with the inability to put more state dollars into nursing homes. He added that care costs about $20 per person more per day than provided. He claimed that twenty-five percent of nursing homes are in financial risk. Tschumper said that it "takes a lot of money to make up for years of neglect." Boyd agreed that it is a real problem.

Levy Initiative

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Differences resolved

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Well, at least three out of four differences were successfully resolved when the Lanesboro City Council met June 4. The council spent the majority of its time dealing with the three issues presented them at their May 21 meeting. Mark Brewster's requ ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston street improvement bids under estimate

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates announced to the June 4 Preston City Council meeting that there were four bids for the 2007 Street Improvement Project and that the low bid from Rochester Sand and Gravel was 11% under the estimate and $175,000 ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council hears overview of 2006 audit and budget

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

"Overall the City did a very good job of watching the budget".

These were the words of the City's auditor, Lloyd Johnson who appeared before the Council Tuesday night, May 29. He gave the members an overview of the audit and the budget for ..... 
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Rushford City Council reacts to Tri-City meeting

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council spent a good share of its meeting May 29 discussing the recent Tri-City meeting and, more specifically, the police protection for Rushford Village. After affirming the council consensus that more meetings between ..... 
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Preston considers adopting State Building Code

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council discussed the pros and cons of adopting the State Building Code at their May 21 meeting. Planning and Zoning has recommended the adoption of the code. The code would regulate the building of homes including decks, ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Seeking to resolve differences

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

Disagreement was the common thread at the May 21 Lanesboro City Council meeting as the council moved from one issue to another. First the council held a hearing on Mark Brewster's request to rezone his property at 300 Elmwood Street East from R-2 (m ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Board approves agreement to study water quality

Fri, May 25th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the May 22 Fillmore County Commissioners meeting, Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation reviewed a work plan from SE MN Water Resource Center, Winona State University, to study which management practices are most effective for improving wa ..... 
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Frustration with Hwy 52 construction plans aired

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

CHATFIELD - Representatives of county and city government in Fillmore County gathered May 15 at the Thurber Building in Chatfield to discuss the deteriorating condition of State Highway 52 from Fountain north to I-90.

Ron Ziegler, acting as ..... 
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