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Rushford City Council Report: Citizen input sought on library building


Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
Posted in Features

Revisiting the library board’s presentation and proposal to build a new library from the previous meeting, the Rushford City Council had some questions about at their November 12th council meeting.

Where should the library be? What kind of a library does the community want? Can the city afford a new, stand-alone library?

Librarian Susan Hart pointed out that if the current building were to be remodeled, the library would be closed for a minimum of seventeen weeks, resulting in less county funding in the future. (Funding is based on library usage and checkout numbers.)

Consensus was that the library board needed to decide where a new library might be constructed and what the budget would be for a new or remodeled library before contracting with Crescendo to conduct a feasibility study. Mayor Ted Roberton noted, however, that the library board did not need the council’s permission to spend money on Crescendo’s study, "Once it’s allocated, you can spend the money anyway you want."

In order to get input from Rushford citizens, the library board and council intend to conduct a community meeting and include groups such as the Lions as well as interested citizens. Council members stressed that citizen comments had been strongly in favor of keeping the library at its current location in the Tew Building.

Water

Jeff Copley, public works director, appeared before the council to report on water quality. Copley suggested cleaning and installing a foot valve at a cost of $5,500 versus the estimated $17,000 for a submersible pump on well number four. This would take care of the problem of red water from the well due to iron reactions with oxygen and chlorine. Copley also presented the long-term fix for the water problems in Jerusalem. Both Maple Street and Ferry Street currently have four-inch diameter pipes. Changing to six-inch pipes would be the permanent solution at a total cost of around $750,000. In the meantime, cleaning the line could be done on a yearly basis. Councilman Ron Mierau suggested as a temporary measure the residents could leave a tap running (with a pencil sized stream) to keep better water quality through the winter when hydrant flushing was impossible. The water bills could then be discounted to reflect that.

Airport

The council accepted a grant agreement for the constru .....
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Cornucopia and Commonweal withdraw from Lanesboro Center for the Arts project

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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Citing the need to refocus their energies internally, two Lanesboro arts organizations have formally withdrawn from participating in the Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) project.

Commonweal Theatre Com-pany and Cornucopia Ar ..... 
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Harmony City Council reviews financing options for wastewater system

Fri, Nov 15th, 2002
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Harmony’s City Council met once again with Chuck Janski to discuss financing options on the $909,000 wastewater system project. The city could qualify for the Rural Development Grant – if the city can get the paperwork done before the year 2000 mediu ..... 
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Eyota man charged with murder

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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On the morning of Thursday, November 7, Fillmore County Sheriff officers charged Joseph Allen Folkert with the murder death of Clarence Paulson. The 22 year-old Eyota resident was arrested at the Olmsted County Jail where he had been held since Octob ..... 
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Republicans sweep into office

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Area voters turned out in large numbers for Tuesday’s mid-term elections. In Fillmore County 9,272 of the 12,110 registered voters (76.56%) came to the polls. Meanwhile in Houston County, 8,600 of 11,602 registered voters (74.13%) turned out to cast ..... 
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Board will keep attorney’s office upstairs in new addition

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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Fillmore County Attorney Matthew J. Opat’s Tuesday morning Commissioners’ meeting started out well as he turned a half-century-old. He took it graciously, even when Sheriff Jim Connolly had him handcuffed, unofficially of course, to celebrate the eve ..... 
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Lanesboro Council meeting ends with fire call

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The November 4th meeting of the Lanesboro City Council began with a presentation from Tammy Hughes of Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country and Marlene Schultz, chairperson for Scenic Byways. They informed the council that Highway 16 from LaC ..... 
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Preston City Council will ask the MPCA for an EIS on Heartland

Fri, Nov 8th, 2002
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The Preston City Council voted three to one Monday night to ask the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to conduct an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Heartland Energy & Recycling plant. Using fluid bed technology, the energy plan ..... 
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Tuchek asks for mistrial

Fri, Nov 1st, 2002
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Less than one week after being found guilty in Fillmore County District Court on nine counts of arson in the April 7 fire that destroyed two historic buildings in downtown Lanesboro, the lawyer for John Tuchek has filed papers in Fillmore County Dist ..... 
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