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Thursday, July 24th, 2014
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- 3:01:39, Jul 22nd 2014 - Don K. - My medical premium will go up significantly next year under Obama care. Thi ... [Read More]
- 8:44:09, Jul 20th 2014 - @ new resident - Wykoff has a summer softball league for youths ages 5-18 and they ha ... [Read More]
- 11:28:08, Jul 18th 2014 - Go kaase! - Tom I hope you get elected as sheriff! Although you have worked in roche ... [Read More]
- 3:14:00, Jul 18th 2014 - SV citizen - I have concern that there would be a conflict of interest with Kaase bei ... [Read More]
- 1:22:00, Jul 18th 2014 - Bear - Obama care isnt the answer. Sure Mr. Grehl some people in Minnesota have medi ... [Read More]
- 9:13:08, Jul 18th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - what?-even though smoking marijuana is illegal, unless the amount o ... [Read More]
- 6:52:38, Jul 17th 2014 - Kaase for Sheriff - First of all I think that both candidates have great ideas. But i ... [Read More]
- 4:13:24, Jul 16th 2014 - Two dogs - Why would Mr. Kaase want to take a pay cut of $30,000 dollar a year plus t ... [Read More]
- 9:57:55, Jul 16th 2014 - Kaase got my voteđź‘Ť - With this interview kaase got my vote! We need change in the ... [Read More]
- 6:54:19, Jul 16th 2014 - what? - The school on 1st ave pushes there snow onto the street. And NO ONE in harmon ... [Read More]
Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features
Posted in Features
Harmony City Administrator Jerome Illg presented a preliminary budget proposal, showing an increase in the city’s budget of $89,487. The city council on Tuesday, set the budget at $310,674, up from $221,187 in 2003. The 2004 levy was set at $458,805.
On the expenditure side, the city expected a 20% increase in health insurance rates, costing an additional $12,000 in premiums. The community center’s new roof will cost another $20,000 and Capital Projects increases were projected at $18,500. The council allocated a $20,000 capital reserve contribution for fire equipment, and a 3.5% cost of living raise for city employees. The city lost $48,000 in revenues due to cuts in Local Government Aid and other sources. It was decided to hold off on some capital projects, retrieving some dollars from the library, fire department, and park. By doing this, the council whittled the budget down to the final amount of $310,674. The council will revisit capital projects next year with the hopes of more money being available. Fire Department Stuart Morem of the Harmony Fire Department requested a decision on a resolution he presented at the last meeting. The agreement makes equipment, personnel, and other resources available to fire departments within Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties. There were two major changes within the agreement from past years. The first change relates to damaged equipment while aiding at another county’s fire call. Each department shall be responsible for damages incurred with their equipment during a call regardless if it is in their county or not. The second change modification strikes the $25 per call rate and establishes an hourly charge of $200 with a maximum of $600 for each three-hour period while providing assistance. There was discussion again on charging a fee to residents for fire calls. Morem pointed out that many insurance policies have a notation on a set amount to cover a call. The council was not in favor of this option at this time. Approval was given on the resolution including the two direct changes. Other business •The Sixth Street SE sanitary sewer assessments have been finalized with the costs coming in at $74,837. Six property owners have been notified of their financial responsibility with the basic figure at $2,672.75, based on a 25% assessment. Five of the six will have the assessments spread out over five years at 5%. The last individual will pay up front. •The TH139 Public Assessment meeting will be held Tuesday, October, 14 at Council chambers. Final costs of installing water and sanitary sewer, utilities, curb and gutter, street construction, as well as payment schedules and interest rates will be discussed. •Approved a cooperative snow removal agreement with MnDOT for portions of HWY 52 and TH139. MnDOT will pay for collecting and loading of snow from trunk highway and city will pay for hauling and disposal of snow. •Approved heat share agreement with SEMCAC.