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County EDA recommends HRA levy initiative


Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Chris Gastner of the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority (EDA), advised the county board at their July 10 meeting that the EDA recommends that Fillmore County go ahead with a request from the Bluff County Housing and Rehabilitation Authority (HRA) for a levy initiative for housing rehabilitation.

The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund would match the levy dollar for dollar. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked if it would be a one-time levy request. Gastner confirmed that it would be. Houston County is considering a similar request. Dollars from each county would be used in the county in which they were raised.

Wayne Stenberg, Bluff Country HRA said the funds would provide low interest loans to fix up homes. Gastner said that it should create a revolving loan fund. He noted that Fillmore County has a relatively older housing stock. Stenberg suggested that 30 homeowners could be aided in the beginning. The availability of the funds would be marketed by use of their web site, postings in businesses, and radio broadcasts.

Commissioner Randy Dahl liked the program since it could be targeted at the elderly. It is expected that a property owner with a home worth about $150,000 would pay an additional $4 on his property taxes.

Senator Sharon Ropes

Sharon Ropes dropped in to offer to visit each of the commissioner districts with its commissioner. She said that she can best be an advocate at the capital with a fuller understanding of issues back home. Ropes expressed her disappointment with the governor's vetos.

Ropes said that they had in her opinion put together a great transportation package that would have brought new money to the counties and townships. She said that she was shocked by the governor's unwillingness to negotiate or compromise.

Senator Ropes said that she felt that the message from home was to get work done in a bipartisan way and to avoid a special session. She said that bills need to be moderate and have support from the other party to go forward. She felt the governor failed to hear the voter message to "work together," having elected a Republican governor and a Democratic legislature.

Randy Dahl stated that with the federal government failing to act on health care the issue is falling to the states. Ropes emphasized a need to get health care costs under control. She said that Minnesota is headed toward universal health care. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud brought up the .....
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Harmony City Council Report: Water tower painting delayed until well work is completed

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

The City of Harmony's plans to repaint and reseal the water tower will have to wait until some major changes are made to the nearby well. Russ Stammer from the engineering company Bonestroo explained to the council at their July 10 meeting, that the ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Airport agreements approved

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council moved ahead with airport improvements as they approved agreements with consulting firm Mead and Hunt, Inc. at their regular meeting July 9. The council had been hesitant to sign agreements without reassurance from the FAA r ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Waste Management makes request for reconsideration

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

Dan Goodsell and Margo Underwood representatives of Waste Management, Spring Valley's current holder of the garbage contract, asked the council to reconsider their intention to put out for bids to other area garbage services at the July 9 meeting. C ..... 
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Preston considers State Building Code

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members again discussed the pros and cons of adopting the State Building Code at their July 2 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the issue was first discussed about a month ago. The council tabled the i ..... 
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Whalan subdivision in planning stages

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

WHALAN - The Whalan City Council has plans to enter into a development agreement with Secluded Land Company of Desoto, Wisconsin. The company hopes to build a subdivision on 95 acres in Section 9 of Holt Township on an area across the Root River fro ..... 
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County considers health care change

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Services Director Thomas Boyd again discussed with the commissioners the possibility of joining Houston, Mower, and Winona counties in County Based Purchasing (CBP) at their July 3 meeting. In 1999, the CBP model of managed care was ..... 
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Proposed walking trail pros and cons

Fri, Jul 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - When the Lanesboro City Council held a hearing on a proposed walking trail as part of their regular meeting July 2, they heard plenty-both pro and con! The walking trail project currently has been allocated $1,200 of the $12,000 TMI gran ..... 
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Spring Valley accepts low bid on sewer project

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - It was a night of financial housekeeping at the Spring Valley City Council at their June 25 meeting.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates presented to the Council the results of the bond sale for the Stormwater/Sewer project ..... 
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