Fillmore County, Minnesota
Preble Township Board Meeting Highlights
The following topics were discussed at the regular meeting of the board of supervisors held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, beginning at 7:00PM. Official minutes of this board meeting have not yet been approved.
Township officers attending the meeting were Brad Kelly, David Williams, Neil Halverson, Chuck Olson and David Larson. Township resident Paul Olson attended the meeting. Township road engineer Butch Obieglo attended the meeting.
Brad Kelly, township president, called the meeting to order and led the discussion.
Chuck Olson reported that the township checking account balance at Rushford State Bank was $172,534.52 as of January 31, 2014, after the payment of all January bills. During January, Preble Township received $142,317.74 in federal and state disaster recovery funding. Olson reported that $7,118.88 was expended by the township during January.
The township board reviewed bills received by David Larson since the January meeting. The total amount of outstanding bills, excluding current wages, was $5,468.03. All outstanding bills were approved for payment.
Butch Obieglo has plowed and winged all township roads since the recent snowfall.
Year 2014 Proposed Budget
David Williams distributed copies of the proposed year 2014 budget for review by township officers. The proposed budget anticipates approximately $275,817.74 in revenue received by the township, including the $142,317.74 already received from the federal and state agencies administering disaster recovery reimbursement. Preble Township would spend approximately $173,080 in funds during the year, including approximately $50,000 of road construction to complete repairs on several roads damaged by the late June 2013 flooding event. The proposed budget was approved by the township board.
Year 2015 Property Tax Levy
The township board will recommend to the township residents attending the annual meeting on March 11th that the property tax levy for year 2015 be approved at $105,000. This is the same amount of property tax levy that has been approved by the township residents for the last 3 years.
The township clerk's laptop is approximately 10 years old, and should be replaced. David Larson and David Williams will search for a replacement computer.
Lanesboro Rural Fire Annual Meeting
Brad Kelly and David Williams attended the annual Lanesboro Rural Fire Association meeting on February 10th. Kelly reported that the Lanesboro city administrator wants a substantial increase in the amount of contributions made to the fire department by the participating 7 townships. Last year the Lanesboro Rural Fire Association contributed $12,000 to the City of Lanesboro. The city administrator stated that most of the fire calls responded by the fire department are to townships, not to the City of Lanesboro. The Lanesboro Rural Fire Association approved the formation of a committee to meet during 2014 with the city administrator to negotiate an annual contribution for future years. The township board asked David Williams to serve on the committee representing Preble Township.
Butch Obieglo Performance Review
The township board conducted a review of Butch Obieglo's work performance during year 2013, and informed Obieglo that the township board and residents are very pleased with the road grading and plowing services he has provided throughout last year. Year 2013 was very challenging with the extensive damage to township roads following the late June flooding event. Additionally, the early start of the 2013-2014 winter season has been a challenge for Obieglo continually plowing township roads.