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Archive - May 2017


May 3rd

County Board votes 4-1 to turn down WCAT proposal

On a 4-1 vote Tuesday, the McLeod County Board of Commissioners turned down a six-point request from the Wright County Area Transportation (WCAT) coalition to modify the joint powers agreement for Trailblazer Transit.
The major sticking point for the majority of the board members was a request from WCAT to have special voting requirements on four items:
• Changes to the bylaws,
• Changes to policies and procedures,
• The removal or selection of an executive director, and
• Changes to the local share calculations.

School Board looks at budget cut options at workshop session

Glencoe-Silver Lake Superintendent Chris Sonju presented a proposal of $76,000 to $126,000 in reductions to the school board at a work session Tuesday, April 25.
Sonju stressed that the district is in a very healthy financial position, but it is looking ahead to maintain the 20 percent general fund balance set by the board.
 Many of the proposed reductions could be implemented as the result of planned retirements or resignations.

City council approves bond sale for Baxter Avenue project

The Glencoe City Council passed a resolution to move forward with the sale of approximately $5.035 million general obligation bonds for the Baxter Avenue project.
Paul Donna, from Robert W. Baird, the city’s bond underwriter, presented the finance plan to the council Monday night.
The 15-year debt will be paid from five sources: the city’s tax levy ($2.01 million), sanitary sewer funds ($495,000), water main improvement funds ($820,000), storm sewer improvements ($650,000) and special assessments ($1.06 million).

May 1st

3 arrested in narcotics search in New Auburn

Three people were arrested after the Sibley County Sheriff’s Office conducted a narcotics search warrant Tuesday, April 25, in the 9100 block of Ninth Avenue in the city of New Auburn.
Those arrested were Alexander James Emmings, 26, of New Auburn, Carrie Lee Dimaggio, 24, of New Auburn, and Xavier Richard Jamieson, 23, of High Bridge, Wisconsin.

More details will be published in the May 3 print edition of The Chronicle.