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Lanesboro discusses possibilities with Health Reimbursement Account


Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Public Hearing was held for the 2010 Budget and Tax Levy before the regular Lanesboro Council meeting on December 8. Nobody from the community came with any questions or concerns.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that Lanesboro added some to their tax capacity with an increase of five percent. This spreads the taxes out more. The city levy was increased five percent, which was evened out by the increase in tax capacity.

The council approved the final tax levy at $413, 756.00. Vickerman said if they pay off the water tower bond this year, there will be money going into the general fund. This money will have to be used toward the repairs needed at the Community Center.

There was a question about why some people's taxes were actually lower this year. Council member Tom Dybing explained there were some tax changes in Fillmore County and at the school district. He said for many farmers the taxes went up, but it went down more in the city.

Health Insurance Request

Vickerman said the city employees are requesting the city disband their current health insurance company. They would like to have the city start an HRA - a Health Reimbursement Account. Because of very high insurance premiums and a very high deductible, many people have dropped the insurance or can simply not afford it. Vickerman thinks this is the best option for their employees.

With an HRA, the money that the city gives for a health insurance benefit will be put into an account for the employee, who can use that money to pay premiums on their own insurance. It is up to each employee to seek out their own insurance. It was agreed to have $600 per month per employee put into this account.

Chamber of Commerce

Speaking for the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, Brian Luna presented each council member with a coffee mug. The mugs each read "Lanesboro - Bed & Breakfast Capital of Minnesota." Luna said these mugs are available for purchase at the B&Bs, and businesses can also sell them.

Luna reminded the council of many upcoming holiday events in town. There will also be an annual meeting for the Chamber on January 13 at 7 p.m. that everyone is welcome to attend.

Luna also mentioned that the Inn Tour on November 22 was a big success. They were expecting around 100 people, but had 618 guests sign up. They will be doing the tour again next year on December 5.

Other Business

The council agreed to reduce the .....
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Canton approves 2010 budget

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, December 2, 2009. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. In addition to Mayor Johnson, council members present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsvin ..... 
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Aggen variance approved

Fri, Dec 11th, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held on December 10 by the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment, after which they unanimously approved a variance for Lynn and Barb Aggen of Harmony. A variance was requested to build closer than the 1,000 foot setback from the s ..... 
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Clarification of public communication options

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Commissioners are continuing to gather information in order to make the best choice to comply with the 2013 narrowband mandate. Steve Borchardt, statewide radio board southern regional interoperability coordinator, along with Fil ..... 
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Wastewater plant in Fountain soon to begin operation

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The final details were worked out at the December 3 Fountain City Council meeting in preparation to get the wastewater treatment plant up and running. McGhie and Betts engineer Dave Morrill says the plant is tentatively scheduled to be put into oper ..... 
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City of Rushford Village council meeting

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joy ..... 
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2010 budget and levy hearing

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Government

The county board held a public hearing on the Fillmore County 2010 proposed budget and levy as required by state statute on December 1. County Coordinator Karen Brown noted the Minnesota legislature's requirement for a Truth in Taxation Hearing as a ..... 
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CUPs approved for EcoHarmony west wind and Scheevel feedlot

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

Another hurdle was crossed with the recommended approval of two Conditional Use Permits (CUP) for EcoHarmony West Wind, LLC, at the November 19 meeting of the Fillmore County Planning Commission.

Project Manager Don Miller, who has an office ..... 
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Spring Valley renews Mutual Aid Agreement

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night was pretty low keyed and dealt mainly with housekeeping issues.

A Mutual Aid Agreement was renewed between the city and Gold Cross Ambulance. The agreement includes Gold Cross Ambulance ..... 
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