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Rushford City Council Report: Water and electric rates to increase


Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Is it a hearing if no one speaks? At the November 22 Rushford City Council meeting residents had their chance to be heard at public hearings on both water and electricity, but no one came to speak. Perhaps the citizens of Rushford realize the need for increases in the rates to cover recent updates to the systems, or perhaps they have complete confidence in their council to make sound decisions.

At the water rate hearing, Brian Miller, of BDM Consulting Engineers, presented the water rate study and the recommendation of his company. Miller suggested a rate that would increase by five percent each year. Currently, residents are paying a base rate of $12.10 for the first 12,000 gallons and $2.35 for each additional 10,000 gallons of water. Under the recommended rate change the cost would rise to $13.00 base rate and $2.75 for each additional 10,000 gallons for next year. The following year would see an increase to a $13.65 base rate and $3.00 each additional 10,000 gallons. This rate shows a deficit for seven years after implementation, but the city would be essentially borrowing from itself since depreciation and the loan from the liquor fund (which may be forgiven) are included in the budget. In 2017 the city would be able to pay back all those deficits.

Commenting that they gotta pay the bills, the council set the rates as recommended for the next year, effective November 1, 2004. The council noted that if previous councils had raised rates enough to cover inflation, the increase would not need to be so large now. They asked BDM to create a few more options for rates to consider next year in which the base rate remains the same but additional usage rates would rise. This would be a way to try to help users of little water by keeping the base rate lower. With the newly approved rate, the 50,000-gallon user will pay $270 a year for water, a $35 increase. The costs of the planned new well number five and work in Jerusalem were included in the plans presented by BDM.

Tom Nigon of Power Plus told the council that the Electric Fund needed to recover $100,000 in the next several years. He suggested a two-phase plan to raise rates from $635 to $692 per year for the average residential customer this year (a six percent increase) and to $748 the following year. The numbers were based on either the city having generation at the bluff site or no generation. Costs of building the stand-by generator a .....
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Fillmore County Board of Commissioners: Zoning amendments approved for subdivisions and sewage treatment

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

With careful attention to the wording, commissioners approved amendments to the zoning ordinance at their Tuesday, November 23 meeting.

As to subdivisions, two areas were addressed in the changes. Temporary dwellings are accept ..... 
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Prairie churches of Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

Its a bone cold, drizzly day to be looking for old churches. Highway 30s rolling curves offer little time to study buildings. Barns crumple slowly onto stone foundations. Once interesting houses go windowless, unpainted. Any moment, I expect a stee ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Spring Valley man charged with criminal vehicular homicide for fatal accident

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
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Todd Jeffrey Jones, 33, of Spring Valley, was charged with four felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 22. The charges stem from a fatal vehicle accident on April 15, 2004 between Wykoff and ..... 
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Commentary: What are you gonna do about it?

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
Posted in Features

If your candidate won and everything is hunky dory in your world, stop here and move on to something else. If not, read on.

So your candidate lost, get over it.

Instead of whining about what could have bee ..... 
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Thanksgiving at Grandma Berthas

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - Its not about the turkey. Even though the gobbler is center stage, the star of the show and everything else falls in place around it. Sometimes there is ham off on the sidelines and maybe some Swedish meatballs, in smaller quantities tha ..... 
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1924 Fire Truck gets "extreme makeover"

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

RUSHFORD - The old 1924 International fire truck has long been a part of parades in the Rushford area. Nearly every kid in Rushford can remember crawling up into the drivers seat and imagining being a real firefighter. Recently that old familiar fir ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: JOBZ for Heartland is dead

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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Any chance that Heartland would receive a JOBZ business subsidy from the city of Preston died a quiet and lonely death on Monday, November 15, when the Preston City Council voted unanimously, without debate, to settle its lawsuit with the proposed ti ..... 
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Changing of the Guard in Preston

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council has undergone several personality changes over the last few years.

On Monday night it underwent yet another: Steve Knoepke will assume the council seat held by Pat Gartner, who will step down from the c ..... 
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