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Rushford council votes to keep liquor store in operation


Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

At the Monday, December 28th meeting, two outgoing councilors and the outgoing mayor helped to determine the fate of the city's much debated muncipal liquor store. A presentation by store manager Diane Jonsgaard and City Administrator Windy Block detailed the downward trend of the last three years. While 2009 figures are not yet complete, the store expects to have a third year of projected revenue loss. The public hearing and review, however, were based upon 2007 and 2008 only.

Block noted several times that the downward trend is not unlikely, as operations in other municipalities are suffering the same fate. He believes that the store is trending back upward and will continue to be an ongoing revenue source for the city.

The $831,926 flood recovery cost of the store was entirely funded by FEMA assistance. However, documentation provided by the city shows that the store had a revenue of $12,443 in 2006, followed by operational losses of $22,691 in 2007 and $81,047 in 2008.

Incoming councilor Ted Roberton noted that the money benefiting all citizens, that came in the form of previous transfers to other funds, essentially came from a series of prior years, thereby depleting the fund balance. A current fund balance, not including the assets of the building was not immediately available. Administrator Block acknowledged this, but went on to note that a fall 2007 market analysis of the store's potential showed that if the store were able to get back into operation and regain their customer base, a 20 percent increase may have been possible.

An issue of contention for the council is that of the fate of the building should the city decide to cease operations. Per FEMA guidelines, the building must remain a public facility, benefiting all citizens, or repay funds.

Councilor Larry Johnson showed concern regarding the store's ability to make a profit since it hasn't in the first full year of operation. Block responded noting, "A lot of variables could change things. There are no guarantees, but the venue has possibilities." He went on to add that should the city decide to cease operations, it would have to work out an exit strategy with potential buyers so as not to get burned by FEMA guidelines.

There is a annual review of the store's revenue that takes into consideration the two previous years of operation. The review must take place no more than 45 days from the end of a fiscal year. Should the city decide to close .....
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Preston adopts final 2009 levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

No one from the general public took the opportunity to comment on the budget and the levy collectible in 2010 at the December 21 Preston City Council meeting.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman used pie charts to break down the city's expenses ..... 
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County advances toward ARMER communications

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

After months of study and discussion, the county board unanimously passed a resolution at their December 22 meeting to have a participation plan developed for the migration into the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) public safety co ..... 
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Peterson approves bid-letting for sewer plant

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Eidenschink on December 9, 2009. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Randy Benson, and Bill Grindland. Absent: Jan Smaby, Lolly Melander. Michelle Vreise and Wayne S ..... 
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Burr Oak extension resolved

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council, on December 21, held a closed meeting lasting about three quarters of an hour to discuss litigation resulting from the contract made with Winona Mechanical for the Burr Oak Extension. Following the closed meeting, the cou ..... 
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Predicted cost of levee system improvements $1.1 million

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a final report at the Monday, December 14th, meeting the Rushford City Council was presented with a detailed list of procedures, and a corresponding price tag, for addressing levee system recertification. The predicted cost in making the levee co ..... 
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Spring Valley budget approved

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

There were no members of the public present as the Spring Valley City Council went about their business on Monday night. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Struzyk at 6:01 p.m. The odd time of 6:01 as compared to starting the meeting at the us ..... 
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Wykoff discusses delinquent utility bills

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 9, 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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Chatfield freezes employee pay for 2010

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council approved the maintenance of pay for all city employees at 2009 levels for 2010 at their December 14 meeting. A resolution freezing wages was adopted effective January, 2010. Mayor Les Knutson was absent due to his recent i ..... 
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