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Rushford City Council Report: Focus on CGMC Fall conference


Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

City Administrator Windy Block and Mayor Les Ladewig enthusiastically reported on their recent experiences at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall conference during the regular Rushford City Council meeting November 13. Block shared the printouts from a power point presentation detailing the effects of the recent elections on the party balances in the Minnesota House. With the largest difference in numbers in the last ten years (85 DFL and only 49 GOP representatives) in the Minnesota house, political experts expect less compromise; better results are obtained when the numbers are closer. There are now 43 women in the house, the highest number in ten years; the experts see this as a positive. The GOP caucus is actually more oriented to greater Minnesota with a 51 percent majority; the DFL caucus has only 44 percent greater Minnesota with the rest split between urban and suburban representation.

Ladewig shared the 2007 lobbying cards produced by the CGMC. Color-coded, the cards focused on the four areas the CGMC plans to work on in 2007-property taxes/LGA, annexation, environment, and transportation. CGMC plans to ask the legislature to restore $100 million to the LGA program to bring funding back to 2003 levels. The lobbying cards give information and answers to help respond to opposition.

CGMC's stance on annexation is that annexation should occur before development happens, thus keeping expenses down. It urges streamlining the process and the passage of legislation "to promote better land use and zoning by stopping urban and suburban development in townships."

CGMC supports funding of the Clean Water Legacy Act and the city infrastructure to comply with the Total Maximum Daily Load clean up plans. It opposes the arbitrary phosphorous limits, asking that decisions be made based on science rather than "administrative convenience."

Transportation priorities of the CGMC include increasing gas tax by five cents a gallon and increasing revenue from tab fees. CGMC wants to keep funding for highways at sixty percent of MVST revenue and stop an increase in metro transit funding.

Ladewig encouraged the council to keep their lobbying cards and use them when talking to legislators so they can get their points across. He closed by saying, "It was an interesting and informative 2 1?2 days. You get to talk to people from all over the state." He noted that many other cities suffer from the same issues as Rushford.
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Preston council discusses pond beautification plans

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members listened to presentations from members of the Trout/Fountain Committees at their November 6 meeting.

The projects grew out of the Town Meeting Initiative, sponsored by the Southern Minnesota Initiative ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Sales barn noise complaint

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

According to Jeff Johnson, he can't get rest at his own house because of the noise emitting from the nearby sales barn. Johnson told the Lanesboro City Council at their November 8th regular meeting that he's tried covering his windows with Styrofoam ..... 
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County Board approves social services contracts for 2007

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

It took the Fillmore County Board 55 minutes to go through a relatively short list of agenda items during their November 7, 2006 meeting. The main point of business was the approval of 2007 Social Services contracts as presented by Director Tom Boyd ..... 
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County approves tax forfeiture list

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A revised list of parcels to be offered for sale at auction was approved at the October 24 county board meeting. Rushford City Parcel #06.0612.000 was removed from the list. Shirl Boelter from the auditor/treasurer's office explained that ..... 
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TRW plant closing almost a reality

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council turned their attention to the looming TRW closing at their regular October 23 council meeting. The official WARN notice was received a week earlier from TRW. In the legally required letter, TRW notified the city that layoff ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Passable Ox Trail Impasse

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mayor Steve Rahn reported on his recent hour-long meeting with the Carrolton Township Board at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 16, telling the council the board was not interested in widening OxTrail unless it met state standards or at le ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council raises salaries for ambulance crew officers

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On October 16, the Preston City Council heard from a representative of the ambulance crew regarding increasing the volunteer ambulance officer salaries. During a previous volunteer ambulance meeting, members stated that the last salary rai ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County Board goes with E-85 trucks

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at its October 10 meeting. Marc Prestby was absent due to jury duty. Last week the board had requested that Highway Engineer John Grindeland look into price comparisons for E-85 compatible pick-ups. Grind ..... 
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