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Whalan City Council talks Fire Department funding, siren repair


Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

(Left to right) Meagan, John, Renee and Jody Chesney from Eyota, Minnesota, head out on the trail for Whalan’s “Candelight Ski” on February 7. Photo by Steve Harris



The Whalan City Council’s monthly meeting on February 9, 2015, focused on brief discussions concerning the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department funding changes, the status of the town’s siren repairs, and other needed maintenance projects.

A meeting in Lanesboro later that Monday evening was scheduled to focus on Rural Fire Department funding matters; representatives from Whalan’s Council planned to attend. Increases to Whalan residents for fire services have been projected and planned for--City Council discussions clarified the issues involved.

“We’re a small town, that’s true, but we know percentage-wise that we’ve been paying less for fire services than other nearby township residents,” said Whalan Mayor Larry Johnson. “We are compared to other townships in the area, and we should not expect to pay less. I would support increases within reason, given the current needs and services being provided.”

Whalan City Council member Jim Gustavson agreed. “We should not expect to pay less than what others are paying—these are essential services to our town.”

The Whalan Council also learned that the final repairs to the town’s emergency siren should be completed in the next few weeks, given favorable weather. The needed parts have been ordered. “Given the time of year, we don’t anticipate the siren being needed anytime soon for weather alerts; this should work out fine,” said Mayor Johnson.

The need for additional paint supplies for upkeep at the Whalan ball field was discussed. Council member Everett Johnson will lead this effort next spring.

In other Whalan news

The annual “Whalan Candlelight Ski and Supper” took place on Saturday, February 7, with what many said was the largest gathering in the event’s history enjoying a pleasant evening of food and outdoor fun. Temps in the high ‘30s and the groomed and lighted trail brought out record numbers of people.

“We estimate we had close to 175 people here,” said Donna Novotny, the President of the Whalan Legion Auxiliary, which plans and produces the event. “There were so many people here that, for the first time ever I believe, we were running out of food near the end. That was a good problem! It was crowded and busy, but everybody was having a wonderful time visiting with family and friends.”

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Whalan City council confirms officers, plans for 2015

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council began the new year at its January 12, 2015, meeting by swearing in its officers and confirming a slate of official business connections. Returning Mayor Larry Johnson and Council members Everett Johnson and Jim Gustavson were ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
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Whalan’s “emergency siren” is currently not working, but plans are underway for corrective measures to change that, the Whalan City Council learned at its monthly meeting on October 13. An apparent water leak at the top of the siren pole, a le ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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Stand Still Parade, new trail map highlight Whalan’s June council meeting

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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At the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, June 9, the council received positive news on a number of recent projects and events. The Stand Still Parade Committee presented their final financial report to the Council, showing a net profit of $3,09 ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
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The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city co ..... 
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Spring activities, trail sign and new AEDs discussed at Whalan’s May city council meeting

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The town of Whalan, like all the other towns and villages of the Bluff Country region, is showing signs of life and activity after a cold, challenging winter, and that was apparent in a number of items discussed last Monday evening at the May city c ..... 
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Spring water, signs and new brochures highlight Whalan’s April council meeting

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
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Signs of spring were on the agenda at last Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council. One of those signs was concern about melting snow running where it probably shouldn’t; another was an effort underway to inform more people abou ..... 
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