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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 $6,000,000 and loan the proceeds to the Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center to finance some of the cost of construction and improvement of a residential center located at Wood Lake Park in Rochester.

Olmsted County requested help with the bonding capacity from Fillmore County. Each county has the ability to issue up to $10,000,000 of "qualified tax-exempt obligation" in a calendar year. Olmsted County will designate $4,700,000 and requested that Fillmore County designate the remaining $1,300,000. Olmsted County cannot designate the total $6,000,000 because they have already designated over $5,000,000 of their tax-exempt obligation for a hockey rink. Dick Miller, representing Wells Fargo Public Service explained that the tax-exempt notes will save Zumbro Valley at least 1.5% off the interest rate. The tax-exempt status allows a longer term fixed rate.

Dwight Heil, Executive Director of Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center, noted that the non-profit was started in 1965 and now serves about 4200 Olmsted and about 300 Fillmore County residents per year. Heil explained that the total cost of the project will be about $8,000,000. He said that Fillmore County would continue to be served through Fillmore County Community Support and Psychological Services.

Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked about the cost of the bond to the county. Michael Bubany of David Drown and Associates assured him that there would be no cost to the county. All costs will be built into the bonding. The note will be a special, limited obligation for Olmsted County. The note does not place a liability on either county. Bubany said that there would be no impact on the county's credit rating if there were a default on the note. The security for the note will be provided by Zumbro Valley. Bubany suggested that the counties are just acting as a conduit for Zumbro Valley to make the note more affordable.

Chairman Duane Bakke insisted that it could cost the tax payers if Zumbro Valley defaulted, since the county would still need the services provided by the facility. Social Service Director, Thomas Boyd suggested that all counties in the region need the services and any default would come back on all of them. Olmsted County wi .....
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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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Lanesboro City Council Report: Streetlights and holiday lights for Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

At their regular meeting on September 18, the Lanesboro City Council decided to proceed with the installation of ten streetlights in the downtown area of Parkway Avenue. At an estimated cost of $4,400 each, the sixteen-foot poles will have a flower ..... 
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Planning Commission begins looking at campgrounds

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission listened to input from two Pilot Mound residents about campgrounds at their Thursday, September 14 meeting. The commission is in the process of re-writing the rules and regulations in the zoning ordin ..... 
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County awarded blue ribbon

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

A 2006 Blue Ribbon County Award was presented to Fillmore County Social Services and the county board at the September 12 meeting. Barb Sorum, representing Prevent Child Abuse n Minnesota, told her story and that of the award. Twenty-three counties ..... 
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Rushford sets levy at $550,000

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council passed a resolution setting the maximum levy for 2007 at $550,000, the same amount as set for 2006 at their regular council meeting September 11. Since there was no increase, the city would not have needed to set ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Community Center improvements discussed

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On September 12 the Harmony City Council discussed the costs associated with building improvements to the Community Center. The council is investigating three phases of improvements. The first phase would improve the east side of the build ..... 
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County aims for 5 1/2% levy increase

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County budget for 2007 was again a topic for discussion at the September 5 board meeting. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefly reviewed the numbers. She explained that the numbers were not final, but the levy increase needed ..... 
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Whalan to annex land for subdivision

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ..... 
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