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Chatfield moves forward with Potter


Fri, Feb 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield councilors approved the Redevelopment Plan for Potter renovation, the title transfer from the Chatfield School District to the Chatfield EDA, along with financial and outside maintenance support and bookkeeping services, at their February 8 meeting. Community Development Coordinator Ron Zeigler noted this step in the process is coming after years of work and planning.

Zeigler called the step forward as "historic" and suggested that the city would look back five or ten years from now and recognize how the actions of this night made the city better. He called the Potter site the most prominent and historic in the city. The Economic Development Authority (EDA) sees the project as one of historic preservation, economic development and as an arts project. The three-year or so renovation will bring with it an estimated 89 construction jobs, plus the expected associated opportunity for the revitalization of Chatfield's Main Street. This could add an additional forty permanent jobs, plus another 13 or so tourism-related jobs.

It has been estimated that the arts facility could bring in 23,500 visitors per year, as many as 14,100 which would be new visitors. Estimates for total economic activity over a decade exceed $7.6 million for the region.

Zeigler warned the councilors that they don't know for sure the arts center will be a money maker. It is expected that the first year the new center is fully functional, which would be at least four years from now, the center will probably produce an actual loss of over $20,000. However, it is believed that revenues will increase over time. Zeigler suggested with increased use, the center could break even financially.

In the transfer agreement, the school district has agreed to pay the EDA $275,000 to be used as the EDA sees fit. The school district has completed and paid for the removal of most of the asbestos. The school district has agreed to pay up to $15,000 for any other asbestos which will need to be removed during renovation. The underground fiberglass storage tank will remain and be used to store fuel. The only other environmental factor that has been an issue is the lead pipes which will be removed or entombed during renovation. The 1954 building is to be demolished. Scheduling for activities at Potter will be handled by the community education department. The EDA has an agreement with Steve Irish for operating the boiler. These issues were discussed at length at a January .....
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Preston discusses proposed parking ordinance

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman and Police Chief Matt Schultz offered revisions to the city's parking ordinance at the city council's February 1 meeting. Hoffman made it known that he didn't expect any action this day, but he expected there to be an ..... 
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Working the bugs out of Fountain plant

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reported a few problems at the new waste water treatment plant that still need a little tweaking to get everything working just right at the Fountain City Council's February 4 meeting. He said the equipment and readi ..... 
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County approves redesign resolution

Fri, Feb 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

Social Services Director Tom Boyd discussed the resolution with commissioners at their February 2 meeting. It was approved unanimously. Boyd said the redesign resolution will be sent to state legislators. The emphasis for the ten counties in southea ..... 
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Veterans turn out for citizen input

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board room was filled to capacity for the board's January 26 meeting. The personnel committee has developed a redesign proposal for community services. The plan is to establish a new position, Community Services Administrator, wh ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses marketing initiatives to promote tourism

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 11, Chamber Executive Director Julie Kiehne gave the council an update.

Kiehne invited the council to the Chamber's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, January 13. The 113 members of the Lanesbor ..... 
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Spring Valley permits EDA to award grants

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

It was a night for housekeeping for the Spring Valley City Council. Council members approved a resolution approving ambulance write-offs. The total write-offs per this resolution amount to $10,521.78. Write-offs dating back to 2008 were $410.73, res ..... 
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Ostrander discusses EDA

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Schwenn. All council members were present.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

V ..... 
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City of Rushford Village annual council minutes

Fri, Jan 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

The January 5, 2010, Annual Meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke. Elizabeth Atkinson was absent due to car trouble. Also present: Attorney Thomas Manion ..... 
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