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Hazard Mitigation Plan moves forward


Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske and Bonestroo representative Corey Raymond presented the completed Fillmore County All-Hazard Mitigation Plan to the commissioners for public review at the county board's July 29 meeting. No one from the general public commented. Teske noted that this is the third public meeting focused on the mitigation plan.

Board members cited some errors and omissions on the demographic portion of the plan. Local city events, public equipment like a pumper truck, and some structures like the Canton Shop had been overlooked. Raymond and Teske made it clear that these omissions can be corrected without further public hearings. Teske stressed that the section entitled Goals, Objectives and Strategies is the core of the plan. This is the section that can determine the availability of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding.

Teske explained that FEMA expects some progress on the goals, objectives, and strategies over time, but doesn't expect all measures to be followed through on. Some things may not be accomplished due to lack of community support or funding. The plan will be reviewed after five years.

Raymond added that FEMA wants to know that the county has gone through the process that they wanted it to, in establishing the goals, objectives and strategies. Teske emphasized that the second key item is the adoption of the plan by the county and cities. If a city fails to adopt the plan, it will not be covered by the plan. Townships will be encouraged to adopt the plan, but can be covered by the county's adoption of the plan.

The board unanimously voted to refer the hazard mitigation plan for review to the Minnesota Homeland Security Emergency Management (HSEM) and to FEMA. The plan will then be updated, if necessary, with comments from Minnesota HSEM and FEMA. The final step will be adoption by the county and the cities.

Citizen Corps Program

Teske asked for and received approval to accept a federal grant of $1,901 and to enter into an agreement with the state of Minnesota concerning the Citizen Corp Program.

Teske advised the board that there was a good amount of interest from local fire departments and ambulance services for the all volunteer program. She explained that if there were to be a large incident that could overwhelm first responders, then these trained volunteers could be activated to help and to allow the first responders to handle the .....
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Zoning Administrator Norm Craig to resign in November

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Long time Zoning Administrator Norman Craig submitted his letter of resignation to the Fillmore County Board at their July 22 meeting. Craig has served the people of the county for twenty-four years and plans to retire on November 27, 2008 ..... 
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Bituminous prices balloon Preston street improvement costs

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo informed Preston City Council members of the 2008 Street and Utility Improvement bids at their July 21 meeting. He noted that three companies bid with the low bid from Road Constructors Inc. coming in at $193,306.75. The lo ..... 
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Lanesboro council accepts street bids

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has accepted bids for the projects that will be done this summer and fall on Whittier Street and Maple Drive. Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby presented the council with the bids at the regular meeting on July 21.

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Board of Adjustment looks into park model camper issue

Fri, Jul 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - David Swanson of Cannon Falls came before the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment at their Thursday, July 24 meeting to ask the board for a reversal of a Zoning Administrator's decision not to allow Swanson to have a park model style campe ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council approves annexation

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action on Monday night (July 14) that will result in the City limits being extended several acres to the northwest. The Council approved a joint resolution for Orderly Annexation with Spring Valley Township. The p ..... 
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Winona Health clinic to stay in Rushford

Fri, Jul 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Winona Health will continue its clinic operation in Rushford, according to Brad Lenertz, Winona Physicians Clinics Administrator.

Lenertz spoke at the July 14 regular meeting at the Rushford city council, answering a question that ..... 
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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustaine ..... 
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Budget cuts impact role of public defenders

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Judge Robert Benson discussed the state cut back of funding for the Public Defender Office with the Fillmore County Board at their July 8 meeting. Benson explained that public defenders will no longer provide service for parents with Child ..... 
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