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Rushford City Council Report: Possible New “JOBZ” for Rushford


Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council took advantage of the chance to participate in a multi-county Job Opportunity Building Zone application at their August 11th meeting. JOBZ, a marketing tool of the state of Minnesota, has a goal of stimulating development in "distressed" areas of the state by providing local and state tax exemptions. The City of Rushford chose to request approval of 53 acres (of a possible 5,000 acres in an eleven county region). The chosen land would include all of the undeveloped industrial park, land owned by Wallace Himlie near the former Lucas plant, by Dennis Darr and by Riverside Electronics. Under JOBZ, "just about everything is excluded from taxes except the land." Obviously, this would help market the included properties.

The council stressed JOBZ would be targeting manufacturing and they would have development agreements guaranteeing wages, jobs, etc. JOBZ is not involved with financing retail development.

In answer to a question from Himlie, the council stated that if land was rezoned residential, it would come out of JOBZ and other land would be designated JOBZ instead.

Water Issues

Once again the council turned its concern to water issues. Mike Bubany, a financial consultant from David Drown Associates, offered his suggestions in a presentation on the financing of water improvements in the city. Noting that the state requires water improvements to be totally funded by water fees, he suggested a base rate of $9.48 with no free gallons and an additional rate of $4.47 per 1,000 gallons of water used. A reduced construction cost, resulting from the city doing more of the construction itself, could conceivably result in a base rate of $7.81 with the same variable usage rate of $4.47 per 1,000 gallons. Currently residents pay a base rate of $9.10 per month and receive 18,000 gallons "free." Any water used over that amount currently costs $2.10 per 1,000 gallons.

Bubany opined that there is no one way to balance base rate costs versus volume usage, but informed the council "the rates are not quite where they need to be." Bubany also mentioned the possibility of special assessments to the residents who would benefit from the improved circulation and elimination of dead ends through looping.

Councilman Ron Mierau quickly responded, "If we tried that we’d probably get bills for destroyed clothes! (from those res .....
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Preston Mayor claims open meeting law violated by council

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

When the Preston City Council meets tonight it will have one more issue to debate: the open meeting law.

In a letter to the Preston City Council dated August 11, 2003, Preston Mayor David Pechulis claimed that City Administrator ..... 
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The scientist in the woods

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Features

There may be no other person in America that is more closely associated with woody agriculture than Phil Rutter.   In the June 2003 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Senior Editor Corby Kummer, in his article A New Chestnut, cre ..... 
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2004 County Fair set for third week of July

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Fair board members met Tuesday night, August 5 at the County Office Building conference room to evaluate their efforts and discuss results from the recent county fair.

President Tracy Hanson, Chatfield, Vice-President Jim Nels ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Courtroom moved to Chatfield temporarily

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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The Chatfield Municipal Building and the Thurber Community Center will become the temporary site for Fillmore County’s courtroom as construction moves forward at the courthouse. Judge Robert Benson, Court Administrator Jim Attwood, and Joel Young, Ch ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Trio arrested for Lanesboro break-ins

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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A man, a woman and a juvenile were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, August 7, with burglary following break-ins at the Das Wurst Haus and Coffee Street Wine Company in Lanesboro on August 5.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Art Center details “draw” council’s attention once again

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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At the August 4th Lanesboro City Council meeting, the council turned their attention to a letter in which Cornucopia, Commonweal, and Root River Valley Friends of the Arts (RRVFOA requested a waiver so the three groups could hire Twin Cities attorney ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Bonding bid for County 17 accepted

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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Another busy agenda was tackled by the city council of Preston. Confusion, occasional disorder and conflicting personalities fueled a long meeting.

Mike Bubany of David Drown & Associates presented the bids for the County 17 bon ..... 
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Lanesboro lets Police Chief go

Fri, Aug 1st, 2003
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On Friday, August 25, in a special meeting, the Lanesboro City Council voted to release Stuart Stotts from his position as Lanesboro Chief of Police.

In a prepared statement released by City Attorney, Tom Manion’s office on Mon ..... 
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