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Lanesboro City Council Report: Administrator gets glowing review


Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Seasoned city council member Rob Norby enthusiastically declared, "I've dealt with four different administrators and Bobbie is by far the best!" at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting December 4. The council members had individually evaluated City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson; the results were then tallied in an official annual review. Mayor Steve Rahn called the review "excellent" and went on to say he was "very proud of Bobbie and Rita (Peterson, Deputy Clerk) too." Torgerson told the council that all the city employees know their jobs and work together well. She admitted her job included many late nights, but she is comfortable taking comp time off, knowing Rita can handle the office.

Noting he wanted to "make sure we keep Bobbie," Rahn moved to give Torgerson a seven percent raise and increase her benefits by forty more hours of PTO (paid time off). The motion passed unanimously.

Torgerson's organization and efficiency led the council to consider the possibility of having only one council meeting a month. With the preparation and agenda Torgerson provides, the regular meetings are short and to the point. Having only one meeting a month could save money and time for the city and staff. Council member Tom Dybing acknowledged that they would need to watch out for time sensitive issues. Council member Joe O'Connor mentioned the information packets might need to get to the members earlier the week before a meeting and they should keep the second meeting night open as a possible meeting date if necessary. Torgerson opined that extra meetings would still be needed for joint meetings of Public Utilities and the council a couple times a year. The council decided to wait to make a decision pending feedback from the citizens.

Torgerson was also commended by Kevin Drake as he gave his Public Utilities report. The utilities will be $38,000 in the black at the end of the year-a sharp contrast to operating in the red in the past.

Committee assignments

The council made their assignments to the city's committees. Joe O'Connor will remain on the EDA to work on the Town Meeting Initiative, Tom Dybing will take over Kevin Drake's spot on the Public Utilities, Rob Norby and Tom Dybing will remain on Planning and Zoning, Steve Rahn will continue on the Parks Committee, and newly elected council member Vince Jeanette was appointed to the Library Board. When asked if he was okay with the assignment to the library board, Jeanet .....
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Preston City Council Report: MnDot rep offers advice

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Craig Lenz from MnDot addressed the Preston City Council at their December 5 meeting emphasizing his desire to counsel citizens planning beautification projects for the ponds. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Lenz repeated numerous times his r ..... 
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County makes changes to pay plan

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The County Board of Commissioners decided to make changes in the employee pay plan for 2007 at their November 28 meeting. Robert Bjorklund of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting presented the results of his market study for Fillmore County t ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Winona company, PAFT, buys TRW building

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

Although PlastiComp had shown an early interest in purchasing the east TRW building, city administrator Windy Block informed the Rushford City Council at the regular November 27th council meeting PlastiComp had not been the successful bidder for the ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Snow - alleys and removal policies

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mark Brewster of Brewster's Red Hotel visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting November 20 to discuss the plowing of the alley accessing the hotel. Apparently one of his recent guests, a visitor from the Twin Cities and an employee of the Pioneer ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Impound fees established

Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz explained the need for a vehicle impound fee for the city at the November 20 Preston City Council meeting. The city will have a reasonably secure impound lot to be located behind the city shop. Schultz asked the council to ..... 
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Grindeland calls for townships to classify roads correctly

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland expressed his dissatisfaction to the commissioners at their November 14 meeting about inappropriate classification by townships of township roads. Grindeland sent a letter to each of the township supervisors ..... 
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Planning Commission reviews ordinances

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On November 16 the Fillmore County Planning Commission met to review the county's Ag District ordinances and develop a plan to review and update the other county ordinances. Norman Craig, Zoning Administrator, reported that the current cou ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses utility rate increases

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council reviewed utility rate increases at their November 14 meeting. The city's utility committee recommended increasing the water, sewer and garbage fund to keep up with costs and debt. These increases will be around 8% for an ave ..... 
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