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Chatfield authorizes K-9 unit trial run


Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

Police Chief Shane Fox recommended that they go ahead with necessary purchases to start a K-9 unit on a “trial” basis at the city council’s May 11 meeting. He maintained it will benefit the city and will be an additional deterrent to crime. The canine will support police officers, especially with searching and tracking.

The possible establishment of a K-9 unit has been under consideration in the Public Services Committee since last November.

Fox suggested the K-9 unit could be started at a cost of about $11,500. He recommended purchasing a 2008 Durango from Officer Scott Keigley for $6,000 to use as the K-9 squad car, helping to keep start up costs low.

Fox said the canine, Moses, should be ready to go on patrol this summer. Moses is expected to complete all of his training and to be certified late in the summer of 2015. Keigley is committed to being a K-9 officer.

Mayor Russ Smith expressed his support, saying it was an inexpensive way to try it out. Councilor Paul Novotny was concerned that it will cost more than expected. He also expressed concern about the city paying for services if and when the K-9 unit is called out of the city.

Councilor Mike Urban questioned whether there is even a “need”. Councilor Dave Frank said he can see good in having a K-9 unit, but wished there were more accurate cost numbers. Councilor Robert Pederson noted that he hadn’t been in favor of having 24 hour police service as a tax payer. Now, he believes there is a need for 24 hour police services, adding we should give the K-9 unit a try. Councilor Ken Jacobson said he believes the need is there, but felt the monetary cost was not clear. Novotny maintained that everything related to emergency services is expensive and you hope that you don’t need them, but that is not the case.

The authorization for $11,500 to start a K-9 unit was approved with Urban voting against.

Little Free Library

Elissa Johnsrud, Action 100 coordinator for Chatfield Public School, proposed the installation of Little Free Libraries at five locations in Chatfield including elementary ball diamonds, high school soft ball diamond, Groen Park, Mill Creek ball fields, and Chatfield swimming pool. The little libraries, which look similar to a bird house with a glass door, will be stocked with donated action 100 books so kids can “take a book, return a book”. The intention is to kee .....
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Spring Valley approves ambulance management contract

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On May 11, the Spring Valley City Council met at 5 p.m. to consider a proposed agreement between Gold Cross Ambulance Service and the city of Spring Valley. A regular council meeting followed at 6 p.m. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, ..... 
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Equipment purchase process questioned

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the May 12 Fillmore County board meeting Corey Marzolf, owner of Marzolf Implement in Spring Valley, expressed his disappointment and frustration with the county’s equipment purchasing process. At the April 7 meeting the board approved the purc ..... 
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Fountain Council approves lending library

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met May 7, 2015 with all council members present. Also present were City Attorney Scott Springer, City Clerk Ronda Flattum, and Fountain Police Chief Tom Mosher. Joan Clement with the Fountain Study Club approached the c ..... 
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Wykoff street repairs discussed

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met in regular session on May 13 with all members in attendance. Darren Sikkink and Kevin Graves spoke on behalf of WHKS Engineering, and gave an update on the new water treatment facility, which is complete and operational. ..... 
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Peterson wraps up, discusses a series of issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council breezed through a relatively full agenda Wednesday, May 13, as many of the items were brief updates to long-standing agenda items. The County Highway 25 Project in Peterson is now just around the corner. The county-led pr ..... 
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Rushford gets clean audit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford received it’s official annual audit from Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. Financial statements were reviewed May 1 and report was presented by Tom Wente Monday, May 11. There were no significant issues documented in the audit. ..... 
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Government this week - 5.18.15

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 18, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, May 18, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. •Monday, May 18, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, May ..... 
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Preston’s 2014 audit

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Pam Ristau, CPA, summarized her examination of Preston’s 2014 financial accounts at the May 4 city council meeting. As auditor she issued an unqualified opinion to the city for its 2014 financial statements, saying everything is in order. Many c ..... 
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