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Commissioners Report: Public hearing set for Emergency Management Ordinance


Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Veteran Services/Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske reviewed a draft for the Fillmore County Ordinance at the January 23 county board meeting. The ordinance is required by the state and the draft has been reviewed by the county attorney and coordinator. The ordinance establishes an organization to be responsible for planning and preparation for a disaster in the county whether natural or from hostile action. It also sets a plan for mutual aid between the county and other governmental entities. Teske as the director is responsible for the organization, "subject to the direction and the control of the Board of County Commissioners." The board set the Public Hearing to air citizen concerns about the ordinance for February 27 at 9:45 a.m. in the board room.

Teske detailed the accomplishments of her office during 2006. She noted that she has completed the training required by the federal government, passed the test, and is now certified. Her training required for state certification is more than half way completed. The state allows four years to complete the certification process. Her office has created a web site for veterans and a brochure detailing the services available from the county. She presented a long list of ongoing and completed accomplishments, as well as a shorter list of areas that need addressing, some by federal law. Commissioner Duane Bakke stated that none of the board is complaining about items not yet completed and that they recognize that she is working on state certification along with her other duties.

County Attorney

At the December 12, 2006, meeting County Attorney Brett Corson discussed with the board the possibility of increasing the .4 position currently held by Leigh Campbell to a full time position. At that time he explained that Houston County along with the city of Rushford have expressed interest in contracting with Fillmore County for attorney work. Corson said that he preferred to work with Rushford and create a .8 position for Campbell. He argued that this would leave more time for the increased needs of the Social Service Department for work caused by changes in medical assistance and asset recovery cases. Twenty-five percent of recoveries are kept by the county with the rest going to either the state or federal government.

Commissioners Chuck Amunrud and Duane Bakke expressed their preference for a full time position if something favorable could be worked out with Houston County. Ch .....
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County Board in brief

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

Treasurer Balances

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter presented and received approval for the designated and reserve balances as of December 31, 2006. Boelter questioned the board about the nearly one million dollars in the building fund balance ..... 
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No action taken on Lanesboro land split

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Cold temperatures and slippery streets didn't keep visitors away from the Lanesboro City Council meeting January 16. A proposed lot split of the Randy Reynolds property brought neighbors Everett and Betty Johnson and Bucky Rogers, as wel ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston fire department changes approved

Fri, Jan 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

Outgoing fire chief Kurt Reicks detailed modifications requested by the Preston Fire Department (PFD) at the January 16 Preston City Council meeting. Reicks, who is also the Mayor, asked that the council approve Jerry Olson to be the new fire chief, ..... 
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ATV trail discussed

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Brian Kroning, president of the Bluff Country ATV Club, addressed the county board at its regular January 9 meeting. The club which is based in Rushford has been asked by seven land owners to partner with them to "convert the current ATV/M ..... 
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Frugal measures save Rushford thousands

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council turned routine, start-of-the-year choices into a money saving situation when they opted to solicit RFPs (request for proposals) before designating a financial institution. At their meeting January 8, the council ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses color scheme for water tower

Fri, Jan 12th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - on January 9 the Harmony City Council business consisted mainly of examining two bid proposals for repainting the exterior and interior of the city's water tower plus reviewing renovations to the city's Community Center.

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Family Dollar store in Preston's future?

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Newly elected David Harrison, and reelected Mayor Kurt Reicks, Heath Mensink, and Jon Haugan took their oath of office for their new terms at the January 2, 2007, meeting. EDA Coordinator Chris Gastner introduced Richard Sorensen to the Pr ..... 
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Lanesboro considers land split

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - After the swearing in of new council member Vince Jeannette and returning council member Kevin Drake, the Lanesboro City Council turned their attention to a proposed land split in the city at the regular council meeting Tuesday, January ..... 
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