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Public notici00s NOTICE PUBLIC HEARING The Big Stone County Housing & Redevelopment Authority on behalf of Big Stone County Rural Residents and the City of Barry Residents with failing septic systems and in need of Owner Occupied Housing Rehabilitation will hold a Public Hearing for the purpose of obtaining citizen's comments regarding the Proposed Application to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) for funds totalling $343,000. Activities included in the Proposed Application are: The provision of Flexible and Deferred Loans for Income Qualifying Persons, for Owner/Occupied Housing Rehabilitation Targeted first to the City of Barry then if funds remain they will open to households in the County that are on the Environmental Office list of Households with failing septic systems and needing Housing Rehabilitation. The Hearing will take place in the HRA Main Office located at 11 SE Second Street, Suite 102, Ortonville, MN 56278, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2010. You may also mail your comments to: Mary R. Beling HRA Executive Director 11 SE Second Street, Suite 102 Ortonville, MN 56278 Such letters must be postmarked no later than Dec. 16, 2010. (Nov. 23, 2010) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 0RTONVILLE SCHOOL BOARD Monday, October 18, 2010 The Ortonville Board of Education met in regular session on Monday, October 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM in the library. Members Present: Mike Hamson, Tim Henrich, Debbie Hoffman, Richard Johnson, Marlowe Klepel, James Nelson, John Plathe, Kevin Rademacher, Jay Ross, Kathi Thymian Members Absent: Glen Radermacher, Ronald Thompson Also Present: Jeff Taylor, LuAnn Hansen, Julie Schneider, Derrick Flannigan, Joel Stattelman, Laurie Maas, Glenn Henningson, Pat Thompson, Jane Anderson, Sandy Josephson, Sue Spors, Cathy Radermacher, Larry Powell, Gene Biever, Robert Foley, Liz Ketz, Cindy Scholberg, Mary Kate Treinen, Julie Treinen, Jon Fellows, Samantha Peterson, Emily Giese, Trevor Keller, Mark Scholberg 10-160 Agenda: M/J. Nelson, S/T. Henrich and unanimously carried to accept the agenda with the following additions: 10-178 - Set Date and Time to Canvass General and Special Election Results: 10-179 - Superintendent Evaluation Discussion 10-161 Consent: M/M. Hamson, S/K. Rademacher and unanimously carried to approve the following consent items: 10-161.1 Approve September 20,2010 meeting minutes as presented. 10-161.2 Authorization payment of October-2010 bills in the amount of $405,955.16. 10-161.3 Approve Expenditure/ Revenue Summary and Investments. DISCUSSION ITEMS: 10-162 Pheasant Conference (9 Man Football): The Pheasant Conference has invited OHS to make an application to join the Pheasant Conference for 9- man football. Two other schools have already applied. OHS would play 9-man football during the regular season but would be required to move up to 11-man for any playoff games until enrollment would allow for.9-man at all levels. T. Keller recommended joining the conference now so we aren't without a conference when we do qualify for 9- man. Supt. Taylor recommended making application as soon as possible so we can be considered for the conference opening. M/K. Thymian, S/J. Plathe and unanimously carried to have OHS make application to Pheasant Conference. L. Powell would like the poor sportsmanship of the football team to be addressed. 10-163 Policy 711 - Videotaping on School Buses: First reading of this policy. This policy is necessary because we are now using a camera on one of our buses. 10-164 Review FY 2010 Audit Report: Derrick Flannigan, Eide Bailly LLP, presented the FY2010 audit report to the board. The District received a clean audit opinion for FY2010. Due to delayed payment of general education revenues from the State of Minnesota the 2010 receivables increased to 24.4%, and the school liquidity decreased to .7%. Expenses were within -.8% of budget. The Bellingham I statutory operating debt of $573,914 was recognized in the FY2010 audit. The general fund balance decreased by $179,025. The auditors recommended budgeting revenues over expenditures in the amount of $114,783 over the next five years to bring the fund balance back to the level it was prior to consolidation. The State of Minnesota Office of the Auditor recommends that at year-end local governments maintain an unreserved fund balance in their general fund and special revenue funds of approximately 35-50% of fund operating revenues or no less than five months of operating expenditures. The district's unreserved fund balance as a percentage of expenditures in the general fund for the year ending 6/30/10 was 18.7% or 2-1/2 months of expenditures. Well below the state's recommendation but within the GFOA recommendations. 10-165 Parking Issue at the Softball Field: D. Hoffman reported that during a non-school event people parked on private property to the north of the football field. According to the owner this has been a problem for several years especially during softball games. G. Henningson said he has always blocked off this area during school activities. The owner has materials for constructing a fence, but has not done a survey to determine the exact property line. The Board instructed Supt. Taylor to contact the property owner to help resolve this issue. 10-166 A+ Foundation Sign in the Gym: The Foundation asked if they could put a sign up in the gymnasium. J. Ross did not think the gymnasium is a place to put up any kind of advertising. The rest of the board felt it was ok to install the sign since the foundation was organized specifically to benefit the school. 10-167 Region Schools Planning Project: Supt. Taylor, J. Ross and Kim Johnson attended the regional school meeting. The initial information is supposed to be discussed locally and new ideas brought back to a follow up meeting in December. This item will be discussed further at the November board meeting. ACTION ITEMS: 10-168 Appoint Superintendent, Jeff Taylor as Human Rights. Title IX and 504 Coordinator: M/K. Thymian, S/J. Plathe and unanimously carried to appoint Supt. Jeff Taylor as Human Rights, Title IX, and 504 Coordinator for 2010-11. 10-169 Approve Assurance of Compliance Report: M/D. Hoffman, S/R. Johnson and unanimously carried to approve the assurance of compliance report as presented. 10-170 Review/Approve 2010-11 Seniority List: M/J. Ross, S/T. Henrich and unanimously carried to approve the 2010-11 certified seniority list as presented. 10-171 Accept the resignation of Tim Giese as 8th grade girls' basketball coach: M/K. Thymian, S/T. Henrich and unanimously carried to accept the resignation of Tim Giese as 8th grade girls'basketball coach. 10-172 Dissolve Current Hockey Agreement and Approve a New Agreement with the Addition of YME: M/D. Hoffman, S/J: Nelson and unanimously carried to dissolve the Current Hockey Agreement with Morris, Benson, Herman, and Ortonville, and approve a new agreement with Morris, Benson, Herman, Ortonville and YME. 10-173 Approve the FY 2010 Audit Report: M/K. Rademacher, S/M. Hamson and unanimously carried to approve the FY2010 audit as presented. 10-174 Resolution Approving Student Participation Grant Application to MSHSL: M/J. Plathe, SIR. Johnson and by roll call vote unanimously approved the resolution authorizing application to MSHSL for a student participation grant. 10-175 Approve Tim Giese as Assistant Girls' Basketball Coach: M/K. Thymian, S/D. Hoffman to issue a contract to Tim Giese for the 2010-11 assistant girls' basketball coach. Motion failed with J. Plathe, M. Klepel, T. Henrich, R. Johnson, M. Hamson opposed. K. Thymian said the committee along with Robert Foley, the head coach, had recommended Mr. Giese because he was the most qualified applicant and had previous varsity coaching experience. M/J. Nelson, S/M. Hamson to offer the assistant girls basketball position to Ivy Lovgren. Motion carried with K. Thymian, J. Ross, K. Rademacher, D. Hoffman opposed. Girls' basketball coaching positions for 7th, 8th and 9th grade still need to be filled prior to the beginning of the season. M/K. Rademacher, S/J. Plathe to advertise for the 9th grade girls' basketball position 10-176 Approve Ivy Lovgren as 9th Grade Girls' Basketball Coach: No action due to action on previous item. 10-177 Approve Amanda Tessman as Wrestling Cheerleading Advisor: M/J. Plathe, S/D. Hoffman and unanimously carried to issue a contract to Amanda Tessman for the 2010-11 wrestling cheerleading advisor. 10-178 Set Date and Time to Canvass General and Special Elections: The general and special elections will be canvassed on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 12:00 PM in the Superintendent's office. 10-179 Superintendent Evaluation Biannually: M. Klepel asked to have this added to the agenda. No other board members were interested in pursuing this. Board Member's Reports: CGB and Big Stone City mini-board meetings went well. CGB is interested in cooperating in golf, gymnastics, cross country and track. And a joint ACT prep class. K. Rademacher announced his resignation from the school board effective December 31, 2010. Superintendents Report: SAn meeting has been scheduled. First quarter ends November 4th. Confirm Meeting Dates; Regular Board Meeting - Monday, November 15th - 7:00 PM in the Library SAn (System Accountability Report) meeting - Monday, October 25th - 7:00 PM in the Library. Adjourn: 9:27 PM SPECIAL MEETING Monday, November 8, 2010 The Ortonville Board of Education met in special session on Monday, November 8, 2010 at 12:00 PM in the Superintendent's office to canvass the November 2, 2010 school board election results. Members Present: Richard Johnson, Marlowe Klepel, James Nelson, John Plathe, Kevin Rademacher, Glen Radermacher, and Kathi Thymian Member's Absent: Mike Hamson, Tim Henrich, Debbie Hoffman, Jay Ross and non Thompson Also Present: Jeff Taylor, LuAnn Hansen, Julie Schneider 10-180 Agenda: M/G. Radermacher, SIR. Johnson and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as presented. 10-181 Resolution Canvassing the School Board Elections that were held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010: M/K. Rademacher BE IT RESOLVED by the School Board of Independent School District No. 2903 as follows: 1. It is hereby found, determined and declared that the general and special elections of the voters of the district held on November 2, 2010 were in all respects duly and legally called and held as specified in the attached Abstract and Return of Votes Cast. 2. The School District Clerk is hereby authorized to certify the results of the elections to the county auditor of each county in which the school district is located in whole or in part. The resolution was seconded by J. Nelson. Those voting in favor were: Richard Johnson, Marlowe Klepel, James Nelson, John Plathe, Kevln Rademacher, Glen Radermacher, and Kathi Thymian. Those voting against were: none Adjourn: 12:07 PM Marlowe Klepel, Chairman Deborah E. Hoffman, Clerk PROCEEDINGS OF THE BIG STONE COUNTY BOARD October 19, 2010 The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners met in the Commissioner's Room at 8:30 AM on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Chairman Sandberg called the meeting to order with Commissioners Athey, Berning, Olson and Wulff presenL Also present were Mike Swenson of the Ortonville Independent and County Auditor Michelle Knutson. The Pledge of Allegiance followed. Motion by Olson, seconded by Berning and carried to approve the minutes of the October 5 th regular meeting. Motion by Wulff, seconded by Olson and carried to approve the agenda. Commissioners reported on the following committees: Wulff- SWMH Consortium Olson - PrimeWest; RDC Sandberg - Museum; IT; Property Motion by Olson, seconded by Athey and carried to advertise for snow removal services at the Family Services Building. Motion by Athey, seconded by OIson and carried to execute the FY 2011 SSTS Imminent Health Threat Abatement Grant Agreement with the Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR) as presented by Environmental Officer Darren Wilke. Motion by Athey, seconded by Wulff and carried to eliminate the $50 filing fee for the application for Exemption or No-Loss Decision under the Wetland Conservation Act (WCA). Sheriff John Haukos reported that Kandiyohi County is going to the new records management system, LETG. Big Stone County's share of the cost will be approximately $30,000. This will be paid for out of E911 funds. Following a discussion of the advantages of the system, motion by Olson, seconded by Berning and carried to authorize the expenditure for the LETG system. Sheriff Haukos also reported, for the Board's information, that they will be implementing the auto launch of helicopters for emergencies and are * IMPORTANT PROPERTY TAX HOMESTEAD NOTICE * *This will affect the amount of property tax you pay in 2011, and it may affect your eligibility for a property tax refund. Please contact your county assessor to file a homestead application on or before Dec. 15, 2010, if one of the following applies: You purchased a property in the past year and you, or a qualifying relative, occupy the property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2010; or You, or a qualifying relative occupy a property for homestead purposes on December 1, 2010, and the property was previously classified as non-homestead A qualifying relative for homestead purposes depends on the type of property. For residential property, a qualifying relative can be a parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece of the owner. This relationship may be by blood or marriage. For agricultural property, a qualifying relative can be a child, grandchild, sibling or parent of the owner or a child, grand- child, sibling of the spouse of the owner. Once you have been granted the homestead classification, no further applications are necessary unless they are specifically requested by the county assessor. You must also contact the assessor by December 15, 2010 if you are the property owner, or a qualifying relative of the property owner, and the use of the property has changed during the past year. If you should sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status. Failure to notify the courity assessor within this 30-day period is punishable by recalculation of tax as non-homestead, in addition to a penalty equal to 100 percent of the homestead benefits. BIG STONE COUNTY ASSESSOR'S OFFICE 320.839.6360 working on an Auto Launch Policy. Motion by Olson, seconded by Athey and carried to authorize payment of the following claims as presented by Auditor Knutson: General $36,741.71 Highway 27,258.36 Ditch 17.20 Taxes & Penalties 327.80 State 30.00 Total $67,375.07 Motion by Olson, seconded by Wulff and carried to approve the new items for display in the rotunda by the Big Stone Arts Council. Motion by Berning, seconded by Athey to approve the 6-month lease agreement for storage at Big 12 Storage. 2010 voting delegate and alternate for the MCIT annual meeting will be Brent Olson and Walter Wulff, respectNely. Auditor Knutson informed the Board of the results of the water testing for the new well at Toqua Park. The.Park Committee will follow-up with any necessary retesting. Motion by Wulff, seconded by Olson and carried to adopt the following proclamation: The Big Stone County Board of Commissioners would like to extend congratulations to the Big Stone County Historical Society on 25 years of vision, hard work, and accomplishment.. One of the ways a community knows where it's going is by looking back at where it has come from. The Historical Society and its army of dedicated volunteers have done a remarkable job of creating a facility, collections, and interpretations that have built awareness and community pride around the land and people who make Big Stone County such a wonderful place to live. We hereby proclaim November 7 " Big Stone County Historical Society Awareness Day. Chairman Sandberg adjourned the meeting at 9:42 AM. Michelle R. Knutson, Auditor Roger Sandberg, Chairman PROCEEDINGS OF THE 0RTONVILLE CITY COUNCIL City Council Room- Library Media Center 412 Second St NW, Ortonville, MN Monday, November 1,2010 7:00 P.M. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Mayor David Dinnel called the Regular City Council Meeting to order at 7:00 P.M. Roll Call was taken with the following present: Mayor Dinnel, Dorry, Meyer, Reinke. Randleman, Doren. Absent: Berkner. Staff Present: Char Grossman, Judy Roberts, Christine Boyle, Jason Mork, Dave McLaughlin. Media Present: Mike Swenson (Independent). Also Present: Elsie Perrine, Kathy Korth, Robin Johnson, Steve Dragt, Mary Zahn. AGENDA AMENDMENTS: A motion was made by Meyer and seconded by Reinke and passed unanimously to approve the Agenda as presented. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND CORRESPONDENCE: a. Once N Again business owner Mary Zahn spoke on the removal of the building fire debris located on her property at 115 2nd Street NW. She asked that the City write her and DCC Solutions letters stating that the fire debris is a hazard and should be cleaned up as soon as possible. The Council tabled the matter until City Attorney Dave McLaughlin arrives at the meeting. CONSENT AGENDA: Mayor Dinnel asked if there were any additions, corrections, or deletions to be made to the Consent Agenda. A motion was made by Reinke and seconded by Meyer and passed unanimously to approve the below listed Consent Agenda items: 6.a. Minutes of city regular meeting 10-18-10 10.c. Approve Prairie Five Senior Nutrition Program Meal-Site Facility One-Year Contract Commencing January 1,2011. ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT BOARD/COMMISSION/COMMITTEE MINUTES AND WHERE NECESSARY, APPROVAL AND/OR ACTION ON RECOMMENDATIONS: a. Golf Board Minutes 10-19-10. A motion was made by Reinke and seconded by Meyer and passed unanimously to approve Golf Board Minutes as presented. b. Ortonville Ambulance Minutes 09- 22-10. A motion was made by Dorry and seconded by Randleman and passed unanimously to approve the Ambulance Minutes as presented. c. Ortonville Ambulance Minutes 10- 04-10. A motion was made by Reinke and seconded by Doren and passed unanimously to approve the Ambulance Minutes as presented. d. EDA Minutes 10-20-10. A motion was made by Randleman and seconded by Meyer and passed unanimously to approve the EDA Minutes as presented. STAFF REPORTS: a. Clerk-Administrator Char Grossman reported on an MRES meeting she attended in Alexandria. She gave an update on the progress being made installing the point of sale system in the city office. Grossman also reported that a walk-through at Lakeside Park was completed today. She stated she would be on vacation the week of November 8-12. NEW BUSINESS: a. Ambulance Coordinator Christine Boyle reported on the condition of the 2 ambulance rigs. Vehicle #19 has a power steering leak and it was estimated that repairs would cost $1,195.24. Additional costs could be incurred if more problems are found during the repairs. Vehicle #20.has 129,522 miles on it and has an oil leak and a diesel fuel leak that could cost between $5,000.00 and $8,000.00 to repair. Ambulance member Steve Dragt also spoke on the condition of Ambulance #20. Reinke moved and Randleman seconded that the following Resolution be adopted: RESOLUTION 10-127 RESOLUTION APPROVING REPAIR OF AMBULANCE RIG #19-$1,195.24 Upon roll call vote the following voted Aye: Dorry, Meyer, Randleman, Reinke, Doren, Dinnel and the following voted Nay: None. Resolution 10-127 passed this 1st day of November 2010. Further discussion was held regarding Vehicle #20 which is currently out of service. Coordinator Boyle will get prices on new and used ambulances and report back to the Council. b. Ambulance Coordinator Boyle asked for additional reimbursement for cell phone expenses over and above the allotted $20.00/month due to special circumstances at the time of her hiring. A motion was made by Randleman and seconded by Meyer and passed unanimously to pay the $20.00/month as per city policy. d. City Attorney David McLaughlin spoke on the cleanup of the fire debris on Main Street. A motion was made by Reinke and seconded by Randleman and passed unanimously to authorize the City Attorney to write a letter to Mary Zahn and to DCC Solutions regarding the need for hazardous fire debris removal from their building sites. CONSIDERATION OF BILLS: A motion was made by Dorry and seconded by Reinke and passed unanimously to approve the Expenditures as presented except for a bill from Darwin Asmus. Mayor Dinnel closed the regular meeting at 7:45 P. M. and called an Executive Session to order at 7:50 P. M. to consider Golf Course issues. Council action will not be needed at this time. EXECUTIVE SESSION: Mayor Dinnel closed the Executive Session at 8:00 P. M. and called the regular meeting to order at 8:04 P. M. No action was taken. ADJOURNMENT: There being no further business to come before the Council the Council adjourned by Consensus at 8:05 P. M. SPECIAL CANVASSING MEETING ARMORY BUILDING 315 Madison Avenue, Ortonville, MN Monday, November 8, 2010 5:00 P.M. CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL: Upon due and proper notice Mayor David Dinnel called the Special Canvassing Meeting of the Ortonville City Council to order at 5:00 P.M. Roll call was taken with the following present: Mayor David Dinnel, Mike Dorry, Mel Reinke, Bob Meyer and Craig Randleman. Absent: Angela Doren, Steve Berkner. Staff Present: Deputy City Clerk Susan Lundell. NEW BUSINESS: Canvass the 2010 Municipal Election Results The election summary statement was reviewed. Randleman moved and Reinke seconded that the following Resolution be adopted: RESOLUTION 10-128 RESOLUTION CERTIFYING RESULTS OF NOVEMBER 2, 2010 GENERAL ELECTION Upon roll call vote the following voted Aye: Dinnel, Meyer, Randleman, Reinke, Dorry. Nay: None. Resolution 10-128 passed this 8th day of November 2010. ADJOURNMENT: By consensus, Mayor Dinnel adjourned the meeting at 5:05 P.M. Submitted by: Charleen Grossman, City Clerk-Administrator Court report (Week of Nov. 10, 2010) Big Stone County Sheriff's Office Wendell Dwight Zoch, Theft/Take/Use/Transfer Movable Prop-No Consent, Fined $135, Local Confinement, Stay 99 days for two years, Supervised Probation one year. Jordan Lee Wachter, Ortonville, Disorderly Conduct, Fined $135. Dale Albert Boysen, Starbuck, Speeding, 65/55, Fined $125. William Todd Mccarthy, Woodbury, Speeding, 74/55, Fined $145. Cody Dean Nilson, Henning, DWI, Fined $1,500, Local Confinement, Stay 90 days for three years, Supervised Probation one year. Roger George Neubarth, Glencoe, Speeding, 74/55, Fined $145. Marlys Jean Williamson, Appleton, Speeding, 70/55, Fined $145. Ortonville Police Department Tanya Mika Sparby, Big Stone City, SD, Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Ryan Dean Parady, Ortonville, Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Eric Robert Steltz, Ortonville, Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Nickolas Hans Steuart, Ortonville, Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. 'Dustin Larry Ringsaker, Clinton, Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Ashley Marie Eastman, Ortonville, Consumption by persons under 21, Fined $185. Jennifer Joy Miska, Ortonville, Driver Fails to Stop for STOP sign, Fined $135. MN State Patrol Brian Curtis Lee, Anoka, Speeding, 87/55, Fined $385. Tammy Gay Weber, Watertown, SD, Speeding, 74/55, Fined $145. Donald Jeffrey Mccoart, Grapevine, TX, Speeding, 74/55, Seat Belt Required, Fined $170. Harold Laurence Rothi, Elk River, Speeding, 65/55, Fined $125. James Joseph Wipf, Graceville, Speeding, 73/55, Fined $145. Dale Gregory Baird, Cannon Falls, Speeding, 65/55, Fined $125. Nathaniel Alan Harmening, Big Stone City, SD, DWI, Fined $585, Local Confinement, Stay 30 days for one year, Supervised Probation one year. Ortonville City Attorney Rebecca Elizabeth Miller, Ortonville, Issue Dishonored Check, Fined $135. (Week of Nov. 12, 2010) Big Stone County Sheriff's Office Floyd Lyndes Kackley, Grand Rapids, Speeding, 69/55, Fined $135. Bonnie Ellen Showers, Plymouth, Speeding, 69/55, Fined $135. MN Department of Natural Resources Stephen James Lee, Becker, Hunting-Migratory Game Birds- Violate Federal Regulations, Fined $135. Leon Williams' Noel set for next Chautauqua Concert A program of Christmas favorites, spirituals, show tunes and classics will entertain members of the Chautauqua Concert Association , next Tuesday. New York bom baritone Leon Williams an alumnus of the Harlem Boys Choir and a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, comes to the area to present his spectacular Christmas program next Tuesday, Nov. 30 at the Milbank High School Theater in Milbank, SD. His concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Leon has earned an exceptional reputation on several continents for his warm, handsome baritone, his charismatic personality, and his impassioned interpretation of works ranging from Bach Cantatas, to Broadway hits, to spirituals. On this tour, wonderful Christmas favorites will be a major part of his perfor- mance. His program will include selections from the following: O Come, O Come Immanuel, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The First Noel and O Holy Night, plus a selec- tion of spirituals, show tunes and classics, and will feature several piano solos by his accompanist. From Japan to Russia, and across the United States, Leon has delighted his audiences in big cities and small towns. From Carnegie Hall with the New York Philharmonic, to Washington's Kennedy Center, to BARITONE Leon Williams will entertain the Chautauqua Concert audience Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Milbank. San Francisco's Herbst Theater and at the White House at the invitation of the late President Reagan - he has earned rave reviews wherever he appears. 00.00'verizp..n FEDERAL LIFELINE NOTICE Verizon Wireless customers may be eligible to receive reduced-rate telecommunications service under the Federal Lifeline and Link Up programs. Qualifying customers will save at least $8.25 per month. Service activation fees may also be waived if you qualify for Link Up assistance. Additional discounts are available for eligible residents of Tribal lands. You may be eligible for Lifeline and Link Up assistance if you currently participate in a qualifying public assistance program or otherwise satisfy the federal income requirements. These requirements vary by state. To receive further information about the Lifeline and Link Up program, call Verizon Wireless at 800-924-0585 or go to verizonwireless.com/lifeline. Verizon Wireless only offers Lifeline/Link Up assistance in areas where the company has been designated as an Eligible Telecommunications Carrier. All Verizon Wireless plans in the designated areas include the following: voice grade access to the PSTN, local usage, dual tone multi-frequency signaling or functional equivalent, single-party service, access to emergency services, operator services, Interexchange service and directory assistance, toll included. Taxes, surcharges and fees, such as E911 and gross receipts charges, vary by market & could add between 5% & 39% to your bill; 83C Administrative/line/too. is not tax, is not pro-rated & is subject to change. IMPORTA NT CONSUMER INFORMATION: Subject to Month to Month Customer Agreement and Calling Plan, 45C/min after allowance. Customers eligible for Link Up assistance will receive a 50% discount on the Activation Fee, and Verizon Wireless will waiver he remainder of the Activation Fee. Limited time offer. Offer not available in all areas. Restrictions may apply. Network details at verizonwireless.c0m, 2015 Verlznn Wireless LLNA Page 14 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Nov. 23,2010