Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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In the midst of tight budgets and anticipated funding cuts, the Red Wing Housing and Redevelopment Authority got some welcome good news recently. Instead of slashing Section 8 funding for Red Wing, Housing and Urban Development added more than $8,000 per month for the program. The HRA now will receive $65,547 for housing vouchers each month. "Even six months ago, we thought we'd be getting less money than last year," local HRA Director Randal Hemmerlin told the City Council Monday.
Red Wing officials are sorting out priorities as they dive into planning for 2012 in the wake of state funding cuts and other issues. At its meeting Monday, the City Council approved designating $709,799 from the general fund to cover about half of the Port Authority's cash deficit and more than $3.2 million to manage the incinerator's negative balance, among other financial decisions. "My opinion is that we address known fund deficiencies that really are not going to be resolved without any direct action," Finance Director Marshall Hallock said.
A group of local citizens has formed a non-profit around the goal of keeping Mississippi National Golf Links a publicly owned course. Red Wing Municipal Golf Corporation representatives Gary and Erik Fridell briefly presented the organization's plan to make MNGL a non-profit city course at Monday's City Council meeting. Gary Fridell, who presented the framework for the proposal, said the shift relies on a number of key actions. The biggest risk for the city involves taking over $1.12 million owed on a bond for the course.
A bill redrawing Wisconsin's political lines is headed to Gov. Scott Walker after lawmakers approved redistricting maps this week. But Democrats called on the Republican governor to veto the redistricting bills, which 3rd District Rep.
Ikata, Japan is more than a hop, skip and a jump from Minnesota. In fact, for the six Red Wing high school students who began their journey to our sister city this week, the trek involves an airplane flight, a bullet train, two ferry trips and bus ride. Lisa Ferrian, Katie Campbell, Hailee Johnson, Regan McGough, Emily Stedora, Hannah Walch and their chaperones will make the trip to Ikata as part of this summer's student exchange. The program, which has been going on for more than a decade, sends Red Wing students to Ikata - this year, from July 19 to Aug.
The city of Red Wing recently brought in an unusual bunch - or herd, more precisely - of employees to work on a parks project. Goats from the Hay Creek-based Goat Peak Ranch are feasting on buckthorn and other problem plants at A.P.
Tight budgets have pushed government entities to explore a wider array of financing options. In the city of Red Wing, bonding for funds is becoming a stronger possibility than in the past. "We've traditionally been 'pay as you go,'" Finance Director Marshall Hallock said. But now, with Local Government Aid still up in the air and other funding streams running dry, the City Council is considering bonding instead. Capital projects such as major street construction and infrastructure repairs are typical recipients of bond funds.
While other young girls usually ask for dolls or clothes for Christmas, Jami Kusilek told her parents one year she wanted a stuffed goat to practice tying for rodeo competitions. Now Kusilek, 16, is headed to the national high school rodeo competition for the second year in a row, armed with two state titles and an all-around award. "It's nice to see Jami run with some of the best horses nationally," her mother, Teri, said.
State funding and other key budget issues remain unclear as city department heads and elected officials delve into the budgeting process for the coming years. At Monday's City Council meeting, members discussed one option to change public safety funding - altering how it spends extra Public Employees Retirement Association funds. The discussion also revived concerns about filling vacant positions at the Red Wing Police Department and paying the salaries of three firefighters hired with grant money. During a workshop on public safety last month, council members decided to examine how they
The Red Wing City Council unanimously determined Monday that an ordinance proposed through a citizen initiative is invalid. The proposed ordinance would require a public vote on the purchase or sale of land assessed by Goodhue County at $1 million or more. Among other issues, council members said they believed the content of the ordinance deals with administrative matters. Such proposed ordinances must be legislative in nature, city attorney Amy Mace said, meaning they are uniform and permanent.