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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 council, but not raised. It was decided to keep the tax levy increase at the already discussed 2%.

There was minor discussion about increases in some budget items, notably the rising fire department costs, but the rate increase was approved unanimously.

“We work hard to keep expenses down pretty well,” said Whalan mayor Larry Johnson during the tax rate discussion. “And hopefully we will see some decreases in our projected fuel costs given that prices for propane have come down in recent months. “

Mayor Johnson noted that the next in a series of meetings to discuss the Lanesboro fire department costs with the township boards will be held on February 9, 2015.

In other Whalan city council business:

•The council was informed that the brush pile by the old bridge needs to be burned. The Fillmore County sheriff’s department will be notified before that is done. Given favorable weather conditions and the moisture level of the wood and brush, that burn could take place within the week.

•In discussions concerning the treasurer’s report and current bills, it was clarified that Norby’s Tree Service recently removed three large trees. They also completed the needed grinding of the tree stumps. The bill of $1,650 for those services was approved.

•Possible changes in Whalan’s zoning limits on the height of garages will be discussed at the January 2015 zoning committee.

•Repairs have been completed on the town’s emergency siren, but further testing will be planned to determine that everything is in working order. Last Wednesday’s testing of the siren raised some concerns.

•The next meeting of the Whalan city council will take place at the city hall on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 5 p.m.

In other Whalan news:

The annual “Cookie Walk & Chili & Soup Feed” will take place this Saturday, December 13, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Whalan City Hall. A delicious array of home made cookies and other treats will be on sale just in time for Christmas and the holidays. It’s also a great time to enjoy fellowship over a meal of soup and/or chili t .....
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Whalan’s emergency siren silenced; repairs underway, council learns

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

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
Posted in Whalan Government

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
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 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
Posted in Whalan Government

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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Whalan City Council learns of fire department cost studies

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the February meeting of the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department, financial issues were raised that will require more research and discussion, according to the report shared at the Whalan City Council meeting on Monday, March 10. A task force is no ..... 
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DMC tourist ideas welcomed from Whalan residents

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The temperature was still firmly stuck below zero, where it seems to have stubbornly been for weeks, last Monday night, February 10, when the Whalan City Council gathered for its monthly meeting, but no water problems or frozen pipes were on the age ..... 
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