CAPITOL CHATTER Local government lobbying costs up a bit
Local governments slightly increased their spending on lobbyists last year.
A report State Auditor Rebecca Otto issued Monday showed local governments paid $8.2 million to lobby state officials, up 0... Posted on 6/25/12 at 11:04 AM
Farmington city planner Lee Smick knows how much things can change in eight years. That’s why she wants to know if the pre-existing plans for the Vermillion River Crossings commercial development are still good.
Talk about a win-win situation.
On Monday, the Farmington City Council approved a new six-year contract with the city’s recycling provider, Dick’s Sanitation. The deal will mean quite a few benefits to the city and residents — not to mention, the environment.
Despite arguments from residents, a proposed parking lot in one downtown neighborhood received support from the Farmington Planning Commission.
Residents on Main Street, mostly between Third and Fourth streets, have waited more than nine months to find out what is happening with the property to the north of their lots. Now they know that a parking lot is planned.
After several weeks of discussion, the Farmington City Council has come up with a set of goals for the next five years for city staff and the community.
Council members have met with city staff since the beginning of the year to come up with the goals.
The city of Farmington will spend $22,000 to find out how city employees are paid compared to their counterparts in other communities.
On Monday, the Farmington City Council approved a job evaluation study agreement with the company, Fox Lawson and Associates.
Farmington mayor Todd Larson is excited to give his annual State of the City address next week. He’s got some good news to share this year.
Larson and city administrator David McKnight are still tweaking the annual report, Larson said, but what’s in it so far are things Larson is ready to share.
It’s time for those who want to raise fresh eggs to get their chickens in a row, or at least start construction on a new coop.
On a 4-0 vote Monday, the Farmington City Council approved a new ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens on properties that are at least 10,000 square feet.
Lower rent payments are credited with much of the nearly $174,000 in net profit increase the Farmington Liquor Stores experienced in 2012. Farmington officials hope to see more growth in sales in 2013, too.
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