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Community Center performance bond an issue at Rushford audit


Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council received its annual audit report from Tom Wente of Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. at the Monday, May 24th, meeting. While Wente indicated the city is in "pretty solid shape," he found two issues that needed attention.

The first was in regards to what he dubbed, "interfund receivables." In essence, the city had borrowed money among various funds in anticipation of FEMA dollars to complete several needed projects. The city is still awaiting reimbursement to these funds from FEMA in the amount of $1.2 million. Wente called this a "slow process."

City Clerk Kathy Zacher responded that the city and FEMA had met the previous week and made some headway.

City Administrator Windy Block added, "What's interesting, we found they (FEMA) were thinking they hadn't paid the state portion and that's the only part they had paid, the 10 percent. The 90 percent they hadn't paid. Of course, they act like, 'How can that be?' The sense I get is the federal government is really trying to slow the drain."

Wente stressed to the council that reimbursement of the dollars are of critical importance. "It's a significant amount of money that we're waiting for that's having a significant impact on the utility funds. It's really critical that we get this FEMA issue resolved."

The other issue of compliance which the audit brought forth was the lack of a performance bond on the Community Center construction contract. Smith Schafer & Associates believes it was required in this particular case.

This sentiment was echoed by at least three on the council. Councilor Ted Roberton brought forth a recently published article regarding the center. "I think we have a problem. Mr. Serie says he isn't going to spend any more up at the Community Center, other than the FEMA money, until he receives financing for the motel." Looking to City Attorney Scott Springer he asked, "The agreement with the Community Center and the agreement with the motel, are they mutually exclusive? Are they tied together?"

Springer responded, "As I recall, they're not tied together. What I recall is that the motel made the Community Center an attractive deal for him because of the lease worked for the motel group to be in charge of the Community Center."

"The motel needed the Community Center, but there was no tie that said if one doesn't happen the other doesn't happen?" questioned Roberton.

Springer couldn't recall that being .....
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Progress toward zero deaths

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program co-chair, Captain Randy Slinger, and TZD Coordinator, Kristine Hernandez, presented an overview of the program efforts, progress, and goals to the Fillmore County Board on May 25. On May 20 there ..... 
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Spring Valley's City Council holds joint meeting with Planning and Zoning Commission

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

Spring Valley's City Council held a joint meeting with the city's Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, May 24th, at City Hall.

A public hearing for the Planning and Zoning Commission was called to order at 5 p.m. to recommend to the c ..... 
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Ostrander's city wide clean-up

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; Police Chief Tom Mosher was absent.

Motion by Thompson, seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.
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Housing Grant for Whalan

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Whalan City Council met on May 3 with the following present: Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson, David Rahn and Lolly Melander. Johnny Halveson was absent. Mayor Johnson called the meeting to order. Minutes fr ..... 
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Lanesboro reviews audit report

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council had a special meeting on May 17 in order to hear the 2009 audit report from Smith, Schafer and Associates. Jason Boynton gave the council a presentation summarizing the findings.

Boynton went over the city's reven ..... 
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Preston adopts fee schedule

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the recommended changes and additions to the proposed fee ordinance at the council's May 17 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

For the most part the fee schedule will remain as it has been with a ..... 
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City of Rushford Village reviews resolution

Fri, May 21st, 2010
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The May 4, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, zoning board members ..... 
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Erickson Ropes Files For Reelection to Minnesota Senate

Wed, May 19th, 2010
Posted in Government

On Tuesday, May 18, State Senator Sharon Erickson Ropes filed to run for reelection. Senator Erickson Ropes currently represents Senate District 31 at the State Capitol, which encompasses Houston, Fillmore, and Winona Counties. Erickson Ropes was ele ..... 
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