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Potter clears one more hurdle


Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Clerk Joel Young reported at the February 22 Chatfield City Council meeting that over $5 million of state bonding money tagged for the Potter Center for the Arts made its way through the conference committee. Young was in St. Paul through some of the process. The conference committee deal was reached in the wee hours of Monday morning.

In the House bill there had been over $7 million and about $2.2 million in the Senate version of the jobs bill for the arts center. Young expected both houses of the legislature would be voting on the bill that came out of conference later this evening. Governor Tim Pawlenty will have about 10 days to make his decision on the legislation.

More Hurdles to Come, an Update

Governor Tim Pawlenty warned legislators by letter that he would veto the $1 billion public works bill even before legislators had the opportunity to vote on the final bill. He intends to veto the entire bill instead of using his option of the line item veto. The bill did not include Pawlenty's priority to expand the Moose Lake sex offender treatment center. The public works bill passed the Senate by 47-19 and the House by a margin of 85-46. Representative Greg Davids voted against and Representative Jeanne Poppe voted for the bill.

Later on Tuesday, February 23, the DFL led legislature pulled back the jobs bill before Pawlenty vetoed it.

Burr Oak

The Burr Oak Extension Project is, for the foreseeable future, just a bad memory. The council unanimously passed a resolution to cancel the project. Councilor Josh Thompson reported that nothing has changed. The members of the council are unwilling to change their vote to use their power to exercise eminent domain. The land owners have not changed their mind about selling the needed property. The added deadline offered by Olmsted County is up on March 1. Olmsted County had agreed to pay for a substantial amount of the cost of the extension if the city went ahead with it.

Councilor Ken Jacobson suggested if they would go ahead with the eminent domain, the county would extend the deadline again. He said the problem was that some people said they would sell their property and then chose not to sell. If the city were to go ahead with the project in the future, they would likely do it without the financial help of the county.

Thompson agreed there is no agreement to move forward, therefore, it is a courtesy to let the county know the project is cancel .....
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Rushford looks to the future

Fri, Feb 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Monday, February 22, meeting, the council approved the submittal plans and specifications to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the upgrading of the city's waste water treatment plant. While this does not obligate the city to proceed ..... 
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Politics abound in Pilot Mound

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

As an audience gathers every month in the quiet little community of Pilot Mound, there's a good chance that someone is a going to stir the pot at the township board meeting.

On Tuesday, February 9, the drama continued with a slightly smaller ..... 
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Update on Canton wastewater treatment plant

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mayor Donivee Johnson called the regular February meeting of the Canton City Council to order. Those present were: Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. Hank Selden was absent. Visitors present were Barb K, and Ja ..... 
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Richardson variance approved

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment's first meeting of the year started with a little annual housekeeping. Gary Ruskell was elected once more as chairman and Jim Keune as vice-chairman. Meetings will regularly be held on the third Thursday at 7: ..... 
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Preston looks to slash 2010 budget

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council set up a committee to take a very hard look at their 2010 budget in an effort to cut another $100,000 from 2010 expenditures at the council's February 16 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman, in an effort to add a little ..... 
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A new chapter in Potter's history

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

Ownership of the old elementary school buildings, along with all of Block 19 in Chatfield, was transferred in a formal signing ceremony held on the Potter Auditorium stage on February 12. The transfer of ownership and responsibility for the property ..... 
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WALZ ENCOURAGES FAMILES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TAX CREDITS

Wed, Feb 17th, 2010
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(Mankato, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz encouraged southern Minnesota families to take tax credits they are eligible for, specifically the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). He also released information to help constituents prepare their taxes ..... 
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Legislative session focused on budget, jobs

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

As lawmakers return to St. Paul this week to kickoff the 2010 legislative session, state Sen. Sharon Erickson Ropes, DFL-Winona, said today that the Minnesota Senate has laid out an ambitious agenda focused on balancing the state's budget and growin ..... 
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