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Rushford city council moves forward with Himlie Park motel project


Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government



At the Monday, October 26th meeting, the council approved by one vote an agreement by and between the city and Guardian Inn of Rushford, Minnesota, LLC for the development and construction of a motel in the Himlie Business Park. According the agreement, it will consist of 22 units, 16 of which will have attached, single stall garages. Also included, will be an attached residential home. The motel is to be positioned to allow for potential future expansion in the form of an additional 10 units, all with attached, single stall garages. Councilors Robert Dahl and Larry Johnson opposed the agreement.

In anticipation of a request to purchase following the execution of the developer's agreement, the project arrangement continued with the council approving a recommendation by the Planning Commission. The recommendation included the sale of Lot 3, Block 2, adjacent to Hwy. 43 North and in the northwest corner of the Himlie Park.

The price for the 3.95 acres was determined at $122,450 with an additional $192,997.36 in assessments for street and utility improvements. The purchase price is to be carried over a term of 23 years at five percent annually. The infrastructure cost will be financed by the city at an interest rate of five percent over 20 years. In addition, the city will contribute additional project financing in the amount of $175,000, at 4.5 percent, over a 20 year period. It was also agreed that there be a tax abatement on the developed property for a period of 10 years.

An analysis of F. L. Development, Inc.'s proposal includes four scenarios: Scenario "A" entails only the motel project. "B" encompasses the development of the motel and a community center somewhere in town. "C" details further the motel/community center combination, with both facilities being located in Himlie Business Park. Lastly, but certainly not least, Scenario "D" wraps up the motel, community center, and a housing project, all to be housed in the business park.

Bond Refinancing

Dealing with further financial issues, the council was given an update on the recent bond refinancing analysis on the Street and Utility Improvement Project. Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, detailed some recent changes to the earlier analysis, such as an "assumption" of a water sale to the City of Rushford Village, a one time cash transfer for water improvements, and the "assumption" that the city owns and pays for the Himlie property. Bubany called the .....
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Rushford Chamber sponsors first-ever candidate forum

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

With an audience of over 150 citizens, six Rushford city council candidates and two mayoral candidates presented themselves and their hopes for the community through a series of public-written, independently asked questions. Rodney Thompson, chamber ..... 
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Speeding concerns in Chatfield

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers received approval at Chatfield's October 26 council meeting to purchase four 30-mile per hour speed limit signs to be installed along Hillside Drive. Mayor Les Knutson acknowledged the public's concern ab ..... 
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CUP approval for wind tower?

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



A conditional use permit approval was recommended by the Fillmore County Planning Commission at their October 15 meeting for a noncommercial wind tower for Thomas and Theresa Warren, Spring Valley township. Theresa Warren said they had decid ..... 
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Mabel City Council meeting

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



The regular meeting of the Mabel City Council met Wednesday, October 14, 2009, with acting Mayor Brian Street calling the meeting to order. Council members present were: Brian Street, Terry Torkelson, Tracy Benson, Kirsten Wyffels, and City ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses Recovery Zone bond

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on October 19. The meeting was in regards to the Junk Ordinance letters that were recently sent to residents that were in violation of the ordinance.

Jon Wilford was ..... 
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Snyder/Ristau lawsuit against Preston and DNR

Fri, Oct 23rd, 2009
Posted in Government



Most of the Preston City Council meeting held Tuesday, October 20, was closed to the public to discuss with their attorney, David Joerg, the complaint which was recently filed by the Snyder/Ristau attorney, Larry Peterson. A lawsuit was file ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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Rushford's Mayoral race heating up

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In recent back to back interviews, incumbent Mayor Les Ladewig and challenger Chris Hallum were asked a series of questions by Fillmore County Journal publisher Jason Sethre. The interviews were conducted by video so as to capture not only each cand ..... 
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