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Preston City Council Report: Council raises salaries for ambulance crew officers


Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On October 16, the Preston City Council heard from a representative of the ambulance crew regarding increasing the volunteer ambulance officer salaries. During a previous volunteer ambulance meeting, members stated that the last salary raise took place in 1997 and that it is time to evaluate salary increases. Besides making the salaries more equitable the ambulance crew hopes this raise will help them recruit new members and increase the retention rate of existing members. Six positions would receive this increase: the director, trainer, maintenance, two schedulers and service.

The ambulance crew also requested increases in the training reimbursements given to participants who show up for training meetings. Currently training reimbursement is $5.15 per hour; the ambulance crew would like to raise the reimbursement to $16 per hour. The reason for this rate hike is again to encourage more people to participate in the training and to keep the current members that are already participating.

Council members agreed with the rate increases for the six ambulance positions but were hesitant about raising the training rate. Kurt Reicks stated that it was hard to grasp an over 100% increase for training dollars, especially when it is not included in the budget. Other council members agreed; they approved the rate increases but tabled the training increases for discussion at future meetings.

Intra-County Emergency

Management Agreement

Joe Hoffman, Administrator, presented to the council an Intra-County Emergency Management Agreement that would take place with the county. With this agreement the county would take the lead for emergency preparedness and pull the city into their activities. If at any time the council feels this agreement does not meet the needs of the city the agreement can be terminated with 90 days notice. Hoffman recommended the city approve this agreement because the county has already started emergency preparedness procedures and is working with FEMA. The council approved this recommendation.

B&B Bowl

The council approved a $10,000 loan for the B&B Bowl in Preston. The loan will be used to pay a portion of the costs needed to replace their building's roof - an improvement that is badly needed. The terms include 3% interest payable monthly with the principal amortized over five years, payable monthly. If B&B Bowl should cease to operate their business within Fillmore County at any time .....
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Commissioners Report: County Board goes with E-85 trucks

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at its October 10 meeting. Marc Prestby was absent due to jury duty. Last week the board had requested that Highway Engineer John Grindeland look into price comparisons for E-85 compatible pick-ups. Grind ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Perspectives on cycles and deer

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Motorcycles-unwanted, unnecessary noise or the welcome sound of visitors arriving to spend time and money in Rushford? Deer-beautiful "pets" to feed and enjoy or pests that demolish gardens and yards? The Rushford city council spent much of their re ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses range of issues

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On October 10 the Harmony City Council discussed raising the utility rates for the city. Council members explored what the rates should be - the challenge is to raise the rate to reflect charges on a more current scale, however, if too lar ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County Board prefers E-85

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Highway Engineer John Grindeland requested authorization to purchase four new pick-ups at the October 3 meeting. Grindeland was asked by board members to go back and get bids for the four new pick-ups that could burn either E-85 or gasoline. The cur ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Another Sylvan Park fishing pier planned

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Steve Klotz, DNR southeastern region fisheries habitat coordinator, was present at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 2 to discuss the plans for another fishing pier in Sylvan Park. This pier would be on the upper end of the larger pond to t ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Doherty property split

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for less than ten minutes on Monday, October 2. Fifty-one acres owned by Robert and Kelly Doherty was annexed by the city of Preston at the May 15 meeting. At that time it was stated by Doherty that they wanted to build ..... 
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County signs on to Zumbro Valley project

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board unanimously agreed to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with Olmsted County at the September 26 meeting. Olmsted County can then issue a tax-exempt Commercial Development Revenue Note in an amount not to exceed ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Blitz Construction wins bid

Fri, Sep 29th, 2006
Posted in Government



Blitz-a concentrated effort, an intensive campaign. Hoping the company's name, Blitz Construction, will hold true, the Rushford City Council awarded the bid for the 2006 Rushford Municipal Improvements to low bidder Blitz Construction of Ste ..... 
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