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PAGE 20 April 21, 2016 Legal Notice IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PROPERTY ASSESSMENTS This may affect your 2017 prop- erty taxes. The Board of Appeal and Equalization for Kimball will meet on May 3, 2016, 6:00-6:30 p.m., at Kimball City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether property in the jurisdic- tion has been properly valued and classified by the assessor. If you believe the value or clas- sification of your property is incor- rect, please contact your assessor's office to discuss your concerns. If you disagree with the valua- tion and classification after dis- cussing it with your assessor, you may appear before the local board of appeal and equalization. The board will review your assess- ments and may make corrections as needed. Generally, you must appeal to the local board before appealing to the county board of appeal and equalization. Nicole Pilarski, Kimball City 1 Main St Kimball, MN 55353 Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, April 21, 2016. Legal Notice The Fairhaven Township Zoning will be holding a Public Hearing on Monday, May 2, 2016, at 7:45 p.m. for a Conditional Use Permit for Commerical Dog Kennels located at 3384 Stearns Country Road 146 Clearwater, MN 55320 by Lynette Hurtle. Comments can be sent by e-mail: ruthbjohnson5@gmail, or 6582 Aspenwood Road, South Haven, MN 55382 Fairhaven Township Zoning Administrator. Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, April 21 and 28, 2016. www.tricountynews.mn Meeker SWCD promotes Soil and Water Stewardship Week As a part of Meeker County for 66 years, the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District wants to remind you that each of us has a con- nection to natural resources. The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) is celebrating the 61st year of Stewardship Week April 24, through May 1, 2016. The 2016 Stewardship Week hinges around the theme "We All Need Trees." Trees provide us with a multi- tude of benefits and services includ- ing, but not limited to: clean air and water, healthy soil, shade, wood prod- ucts, fuel, and jobs. Meeker SWCD was organized for the purpose of assisting land occu- piers in dealing with a wide range of conservation protection, flood pre- vention measures, farm forestry, wildlife improvement, recreation and rural area development within the 17 townships of Meeker County. The District Tree Sale, being held April 22 and 23, is an appropriate kick offto this year's Stewardship Week. A poster contest for cotmty sixth-grad- ers will also culminate during the week. Each participant incorporat- ing the "We All Need Trees" theme into their poster design will receive a bare root tree with winners being given potted trees. Eden Valley/ Watkins, Atwater/Cosmos/Grove City and Litchfield schools are partic- ipating in this year's contest. "Educating the public about the importance of trees in our daily lives is an essential part of what NACD advocates for through natu- ral resource conservation and is the essence of this year's Stewardship theme," said NACD President Lee McDaniel. "Trees and forests are critical to providing clean air and water, healthy soil, abundant wild- life habitat, and valuable products we use every day." Joe Norman acts as the District Technician for Meeker SWCD and can assist you in learning more about trees and the species native to your area of the country. He can also provide insight on tree plant- ing, care and maintenance as well as information for how to pro- tect tress from invasive species. Districts have a long-standing his- tory of working with state and pri- vate forest owners in helping pro- mote and safeguard our nation's forested lands. Meeker SWCD is a mem- ber of NACD which oversees the Stewardship Week program. Stewardship Week is one of the largest national annual programs to promote conservation. NACD represents the nation's 3,000 con- servation districts, which were established to encourage resource conservation across the country. For more information about Stewardship Week and conser- vation, contact Meeker SWCD at (320) 693-7287 or visit www. meekerswcd.com. Healthy diet options for older adults With the aging of the U.S. popu- lation, increased attention is being given to programs that lengthen and enhance the lives of older Americans. Since adequate nutri- tion is a critical part in maintain- ing good health and preventing ill- ness, it is especially important for seniors to receive well-balanced, nutritious, tasty meals. That's where Catholic Charities Senior Dining comes in. For years, Catholic Charities has been offering a variety of pro- grams to keep older adults healthy and happy. Vital programs such as Meals on Wheels provide meals to homebound seniors, allow- ing them to stay in their homes and communities while main- taining balanced diets that follow the specifications outlined in the Federal Government's nutrition guidelines. For older adults who are still active, Senior Dining offers other dining options too. Men and women, ages 60 and older, who want to leave their meal preparation to someone else can choose from a variety of din- ing options, including congregate or restaurant dining in more than 40 locations throughout Central Minnesota. These dining loca- tions have several different menu options, allowing seniors to tai- lor their meals according to their appetite, diet, and individual preference. Traditional menu options, following the nutrition guide- lines provided by the Federal Government, offer hearty, mouth-watering meals that give diners one-third of their rec- ommended dietary allowances. These delicious meals are served in group settings, such as senior centers, American Legions, and apartment complexes, and offer companship, opportunities to build friendships, and entertain- ing social events. Many find that getting out of the house for a daily activity is a great way to remain "young-at-heart." Partially funded under con- tract with the Central Minnesota Council on Aging as part of the Older American's Act and admin- istered by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. If you or someone you know is interested in more informa- tion regarding Catholic Charities Senior Dining programs, please call (320) 229-4584. Dollars available to help homeowners replace septic systems Stearns County's Environmental Services Department has a limited amount of funding available to assist homeowners in replacing sub- surface sewage treatment sys- tems. The funding comes from a grant received from the State of Minnesota. Eligibility for this grant requires that The household has low income (based on 2015 tax returns) The property is a homesteaded single family home or duplex The sewage treatment sys- tem is documented to be an Imminent Threat to Public Health and Safety, or is Failing to Protect Groundwater status. These funds are available for a limited time only. Residents of Stearns County who think they may qualify, and would like an application, should contact Susan McGuire or Mark Latterell at the Stearns County Environmental Services Department at (320) 656-3613, or (800) 450-0852. Applications are available now, and should be submitted to Environmental Services when completed. The moneywill be dis- tributed on first come first served basis. The purpose of these grants is to protect and restore water qual- ity. The source of the funding is the Minnesota Clean Water Fund, one of four funds established by the Clean Water, Wildlife, Cultural Heritage and Natural Areas Amendment in 2008. O' Legislative Update for April 15, 2016 By Michelle Fischbach, Minnesota State Senator This week, the Senate DFL released their budget targets for the 2016 supplemental budget. Earlier this session, Governor Dayton released his own supple- mental budget recommendations and last week the House released their budget targets. With the release of the Senate budget tar- gets, budget division began com- piling their respective supplemen- tal budget articles to be included in the Senate's final supplement budget bill. These budget articles differ from omnibus policy bills as they contain appropriations with little to no policy. The full Finance Committee will begin hearing the various budget articles to include in the final bill. Environment and Energy Budget Division On Thursday, the Environment and Energy Budget Division passed its appropriations recom- mendations to the full Finance Committee. This article spends an additional $9.56 million in Fiscal Year 16-17 and $36.8 mil- lion in the tails. Total general fund spending is $7.5 million in Fiscal Year 16-17 and $13.1 mil- lion in the tails. The majority of the spending increase in the tails is directly related the Governor's request to extend the Petroleum Tank Cleanup Fund tax that is set to expire in 2017. This bill extends the sunset out to 2022. This rep- resents about $21 million of the $36.8 million in the tails. This fund is supported by a $20 per 1,000 gallons of petroleum prod- ucts and is used to help pay for prevention and cleanup of leaky storage tanks. Notable spending items include $1.43 million to the Pollution Control Agency for legal costs associated with envi- ronmental permitting for the PolyMer project, $3.86 million for grants to counties for recycling, and $832,000 to the Department of Commerce for utility rate anal- ysis. The bill will be considered by the Finance Committee on Friday. Transportation and Public Safety Budget Division Thursday, the Transportation and Public Safety Budget Division passed its appropriations recom- mendations to the full Finance Committee. The overall spending target for this bill is $30.3 million in Fiscal Year 16-17 and $33.8 mil- lion in the tails. Of this amount, only $1.5 million comes from the General Fund. Nearly all trans- portation revenues are constitu- tionally dedicated with very little contribution from the General Fund. Notable spending items include $10.25 million for airport projects in Rochester and Duluth, $1.12 million for freight rail plan- ning, engineering and adminis- tration, and $10 million to sup- port the Department of Public Safety Driver and Vehicle Services Division's new Minnesota Licensing and Registration System. This system is currently supported by a $1 transaction fee on driver's license renewals. The bill also includes new rail- road safety legislation, drone reg- istration and regulation, and a high speed rail project work group. The bill will be considered by the Finance Committee next week. Higher Education Budget Division Wednesday afternoon, the Higher Education Budget Division passed its appropria- tions language to the full Finance Committee on a voice vote. Total supplemental higher education spending for Fiscal Year 2016-17 would be $47.7 million under the DFL targets. The "tails" cost of the measure in Fiscal Year 2018- 19 is projected to be $60 million. Unlike last year's higher educa- tion finance bill, this proposal leans more toward funding the University of Minnesota (UMN) rather than the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU). Additionally, the Office of Higher Education (OHE), which distributes student finan- cial aid, is funded at an amount similar to the UMN. Education On Thursday morning, the E-12 Education Budget Division passed its supplemental appro- priations language to the full Finance Committee on a roll-call vote of 11-5. Because the mea- sure involves school property taxes, it will be brought before the Senate Tax Committee next week, but, ultimately it will return to the Finance Committee and be incorporated as an article within the Omnibus Supplemental Appropriations bill. Total new E-12 education spending for Fiscal Year 2016-17 would be $101.5 million under the DFL tar- gets. The "tails" cost of the mea- sure in Fiscal Year 2018-19 is pro- jected to be $162.7 million. It should be noted that the $101.5 million total for this biennium consists of $48.2 million from the budget surplus and $53.3 million that is being "created" by allow- ing a handful of school districts with outstanding capital loans from the state to repay those loans on favorable terms ( he districts would then refinance remaining debt in the private market). Despite the new spend- ing of over $100 million, there is no new money for per pupil basic classroom revenue. Rather, the legislation invests heavily in the Governor's proposed public school preschool (a new grade for four-year olds at schools selected by the Commissioner) and in other programs such as school support personnel (counselors, social workers, etc.). Buffer Bill Thursday morning, the full Senate took up the "buffer bill" (Senate File 2503). This bill makes modifications to the buffer law passed during the 2015 legislative session. While this bill does make several changes to the buffer requirements, the original intent and timeline for implementa- tion of the buffer requirements remain intact. Most notably, this bill ensures that only public waters and public ditches apply to the buffer law. The intent of this bill is to make the buffer law work better by removing ambiguity from the law to ensure each party knows exactly what is expected of them. The bill was passed unan- imously and has been sent to the House for consideration.