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Spicer City Council mulls over LGA cuts made by governor

SPICER -- The city of Spicer will see a 21 percent loss of its local government aid as a result of the state budget unallotment, announced Tuesday by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

How this cutback will affect the city was the main topic of discussion for the Spicer City Council at a meeting Tuesday evening.

For now, the impact is not likely to be major.

Overall, local government aid amounts to about 14 percent of the city's tax levy, said Leslie Valiant, city administrator.

"It's not a huge factor to us," she said.

The city also has been bracing itself since last fall for tough financial times. Valiant said the city will continue to scrutinize its budget and spending and make adjustments for the rest of 2009.

"And then we'll go forward from there," she said.

In other business Tuesday, council members reviewed a request to install a "children at play" traffic sign in the Sunnyside neighborhood, alerting motorists to the presence of children.

Since it's unclear whether signage would be effective in getting drivers to slow down and exercise caution, council members decided to hold off on this measure.

For now, extra patrol will be sought instead from the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office

The council also granted a public address permit to Melvin's on the Lake.

The permit will allow Melvin's to host 11 outdoor concerts between July 3 and Sept. 5. Dave Baker, owner of Melvin's on the Lake, said all the concerts will start around 5 p.m. and end around 9:30 p.m.

Anne Polta

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