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Wykoff city attorney sits in on council meeting


Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 11. All previous minutes were approved, including minutes from a special meeting held on August 6 pertaining to employee PTO.

Fire Chief Wade Baker brought the attention of the council to the matter of fire extinguishers located at the Community Center. While the extinguishers are fully charged, they are tagged mostly from 1992 and 1993. Baker suggested he check with Fire Safety USA, out of Rochester, to inquire about servicing the extinguishers. He explained the company has a remote truck to service equipment in surrounding communities. The council granted Baker permission to proceed with collecting information.

Councilwoman Larson-Lund posed a question to her constituents concerning one of her roles in Community Education. Larson-Lund asked for duty clarification and cited she had read through council minutes all the way back into the 1970’s and had found nothing on community education. Councilman Grabau offered suggestions such as National Night Out.

Resident Brody Mensink was the first visitor on the docket. Mensink mentioned he had attended the last council meeting and Councilwoman Larson-Lund had stated she had copies of the minutes he had asked for, he again asked her if she had found them. Larson-Lund told Mensink she was making copies and would make sure he received them.

Mensink also stated he had received a letter a few days after the previous council meeting with the names of the job applicants [for the city’s maintenance position] he had requested. He explained he had asked why these were denied prior and read the response, “Per our city attorney….request for information must be submitted in writing.” Mensink asked if that went for everyone and for everything, including ordinances, minutes, etc. Attorney Manion explained to Mensink this was advised to allow a paper trail. If someone requested information, did not receive it and contacted the state, the state would ask for proof of the request. He also explained that not all information is public information so this also protects the city so they may know specifically what is being requested. Manion suggested the city have a policy to request information. Mensink asked if applicants for city jobs were public information, Manion told him it would depend on what it is and where they are at in the process. He explained there were data privacy limitati .....
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Harmony street project nears completion

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau attended the Harmony City Council meeting on August 12 to update the council on the First Avenue street project. Grabau said there have been a lot of questions about the curbs. For the most part, the curbs are the same ..... 
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Ostrander welcomes county commissioner candidate

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Ostrander Government

Harry Root, an upcoming candidate for Fillmore County Commissioner, was the only visitor at the Ostrander City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 5. Root introduced himself to the council and explained what he felt his role as Commissioner would be ..... 
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County hears medical examiner annual report

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Dr. R. Ross Reichard, Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner, reviewed services provided to Fillmore County in 2013 at the county board’s August 5 meeting. Reichard and his staff investigate “sudden, violent, unexpected, and suspicious dea ..... 
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Preston works through property issues

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Numerous items on the August 4 Preston City Council agenda involved property issues. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Lot 1 (2.14 acres) of the Northwest Industrial Park is expected to be purchased by Rockny Moger, Bluff Country Manufacturing ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd presented the council with a preliminary budget for 2015 at their meeting on August 4. He figured out what they spent to date and estimated that if things stay the same the rest of the year, there will be a 2. ..... 
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Rushford Village updates sticky ordinances, policies

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council discussed the need for modification to existing policies and ordinances at the Tuesday, August 5 meeting. Spurred by questions from Public Works/Maintenance Director Bob Thieret, City Clerk Kristina Mart suggested the ci ..... 
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Chatfield grills Mediacom representative

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Councilors made it clear at the Chatfield City Council’s July 28 meeting that Mediacom customers in Chatfield were displeased with the recent channel changes made by the company. Councilors Paul Novotny and Dave Frank were absent. Lee Grassley, ..... 
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Spring Valley makes an offer for ambulance director

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council is in the process of hiring a new ambulance director. Since Jim Cooper announced in April that he was going to retire on August 15 the council has been working on finding a replacement. After the advertising phase for ..... 
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