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Busy agenda at Spring Valley City Council


Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government





All members of the Spring Valley City Council attended a regular meeting on January 12. Following the Pledge of Allegiance and call to order, the Council approved minutes of the previous meeting, and approved preliminary accounts payable for January, totaling $1,090,243.06.

A concerned citizen spoke to the Council about his dissatisfaction with service by Waste Management. He said he’d witnessed the WM worker putting his garbage can into the back of the truck, where it was crushed. The citizen said he called WM repeatedly to complain and ask for replacement of the container, which he eventually received, but only after a month of attempts. He urged the Council to consider other providers when the contract with Waste Management is up for renewal. Mayor Sturzyk directed Deb Zimmer to forward the citizen’s letter to Waste Management.

Mike Holzer spoke to the Council, saying he has filed to become the County Commissioner, and came to introduce himself and state that if he is elected Commissioner, he wants to keep the lines of communication open with all.

The Council next considered and unanimously approved a number of annual resolutions, including 2015-01 naming the Spring Valley Tribune as the official newspaper of Spring Valley; 2015-02 naming the official depositories (all four banks in Spring Valley are listed as official depositories, with Home Federal as the primary depository) (Jeff Vehrenkamp abstained); 2015-03 Corporate Banking Resolution; 2015-04 Setting Fees for 2015 (Zimmer said there was no change from 2014); 2015-05 Establishing Coverage for Injuries to Elected and Appointed Officials; 2015-06 Establishing Reimbursables per the City Personnel Policy (Zimmer said it sets mileage reimbursement at the federal mileage rate); and 2015-07 Designating Official Appointments. The Council also unanimously approved renewal of the 3.2 liquor license for Kwik Trip, Inc.

Next, the Council discussed a request regarding the Kasten farm rent. The renter has asked if the Council would OK a one-year decrease in the rent, from $400 to $300 per acre. Members said they knew it had been a tough year for the renter, but were concerned about whether a decrease would create any legal issues. After much discussion among Council members, Bill Bires made a motion to decrease the rent for one year to $325, contingent on there being no legal issues created by doing so. The Council unani .....
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Westby sworn in as Mayor at Mabel City Council meeting

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on January 14, 2015 at 7 pm. All council members were present. Jim Westby was sworn in as the new Mayor of Mabel and Melissa Folstad was sworn in as City Council member. Sean Welty from Davy Engineering presented an u ..... 
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County board updated on Semcac programs

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Wayne Stenberg, Executive Director, and Debbie Betthauser, Senior Services Director, reviewed Semcac programs at the county board’s January 13 meeting. Semcac gets an appropriation from Fillmore County each year. The board requested the review ..... 
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Canton denies request to vacate alley

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

The request to vacate the alley between 301 & 303 East Fillmore Avenue in Canton was denied at the Canton City Council meeting on July 9. The request was made by Canton residents Holly and Jamie Knutson at the City Council meeting in May and a p ..... 
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Peterson dives in with new council, projects, plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The new Peterson Council, including Mayor Tim Hallum, dove into a heavy agenda at their first meeting of the year, January 14. Following the official swearing in of Hallum and councilors Gail Boyum and Dave Colbenson who were reelected, the council ..... 
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Volunteer fire, ambulance to receive stipend

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in All Government

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, volunteer firefighters and ambulance in Fillmore County and surrounding counties will receive an annual stipend of $500 per individual serving on their respective department. This bill, titled the Volunteer Retention Stipen ..... 
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Preston discusses possible meeting schedule changes

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The regular meeting time for the Preston City Council was discussed at the January 5 meeting. Re-elected Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilmen Charles Sparks and Robert Maust recited the oath of office as they began their new terms. Reicks said they ..... 
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Minnesota House of Representatives session opens January 6, 2015

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MN ‑‑ January 6, 2015 marked the beginning of the 89th session of the Minnesota House of Representatives. Greg Davids (R-Preston) took the oath of office to continue his service as state representative for District 28B, which consists ..... 
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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boa ..... 
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