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Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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- 3:23:50, Jul 30th 2014 - Bear - So Eagle, let me get this straight... To save money on medical insurance prem ... [Read More]
- 7:19:30, Jul 29th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - Wow- so you're still going to do your shopping in Iowa to save 50-c ... [Read More]
- 4:02:43, Jul 29th 2014 - wow - Didn't read did you. I live on Iowa border doesn't take anymore had then going ... [Read More]
- 12:15:51, Jul 29th 2014 - kyle - or George Bush ... [Read More]
- 9:02:44, Jul 29th 2014 - notacookoo - WOW, this is the most unconnected rambling yet. It started out nice as ... [Read More]
- 9:21:56, Jul 28th 2014 - RFDvolunteer - Thank you Brett for a good article. I hope people will respond positiv ... [Read More]
- 7:50:52, Jul 28th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - @wow-so you're willing to spend more on gas money to buy in Iowa wh ... [Read More]
- 11:01:18, Jul 27th 2014 - Eagle - Dear Mr. Bear, I thought to address a few of the issues you bring up. ... [Read More]
- 10:05:23, Jul 27th 2014 - - Exciting. .and welcome to SE Minnesota. Good Luck with your new venture. ... [Read More]
- 1:39:15, Jul 27th 2014 - yes - Spanish books would be GREAT! They don't have any books now at FC and if your c ... [Read More]
Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features
Posted in Features
The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) brought its annual Fall road show to Chatfield on Tuesday, October 28, the tenth of 12 regional cities the league has visited since September 30.
According to Stephanie Lake, the LMC’s Public Relations Coordinator, the Fall Tour allows the league to discuss issues with member cities throughout the state. On this year’s agenda were discussions about health care costs, land-use regulations, budget cuts and the upcoming legislative session. When asked how cities are dealing with the past year’s state legislative budget cuts, Lake said that it varies city by city. “In some cases it has been nip and tuck and cities have been spreading the pain by cutting services, and, in some cases, cutting staff. In other cases, cities have been drawing down reserves,” Lake said. Lake went on to say that many cities have been creative in looking at how they can share the cost of services with neighboring cities, such as with police and fire department costs. Lake said that the league has copies of 740 cooperative agreements where cities share services with other cities. Jim Miller, Executive Director of the LMC, said that it has been a tough year for municipalities in Minnesota. “Many cities have had to cut services while at the same time raising fees and taxes,” Miller said. On the other hand Miller says that it has forced communities to look hard at cooperative efforts. LMC’s Resource Guide for Dealing With Budget Cuts, which was part of each representative’s information packet, looked at alternative ways cities can deliver essential services while reducing costs. These include cooperative arrangements and privatization of services. Lake said that the league, which is made up of more than 800 Minnesota cities, received numerous requests for information this past year. “Do you know any city that is doing this?” was a common question, according to Lake. After their visit to Chatfield, the LMC team finished the week with stops in Waseca and Independence.