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Rushford holds public hearing for new library


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government

In a special public hearing, Monday, March 29th, the council unanimously voted to pass a resolution that gives preliminary approval for USDA loan authorization in regards to a new, shared library and city hall facility. While the measure does not obligate the city in any way, it does give the council the statutory authority to seek bonding for the project if it be deemed necessary. From the date of the hearing, the council will have 12 months to take advantage of any such bonding, although a separate hearing would need to be held in order to proceed with it.

USDA area specialist for Rural Development Agent Jennifer Sass was on hand to provide bonding details. The city has the opportunity to acquire a loan, not to exceed $2.234 million dollars, at a current fixed rate of 4%, for a 40-year term. The most enticing information from Sass came in her summary of potential grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While the grant portions from USDA are typically limited at $50,000, the act allows for up to $250,000. Of course, with nearly any grant funding, there is a catch. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are only available through September of 2010. Fortunately for the city, their application has been fully "developed" and Sass has recommended that it be the recipient of the maximum grant amount and is ready to further proceed with the completion of the application.

Seeking further loan clarification, Mayor Chris Hallum targeted the net financial effect to the city. The project is an estimated $2.96 million. However, all involved are quick to point out that the cost is not what will be spent by the community. The project is already being offset by $500,000 from the Capital Outlay Fund and a $250,000 grant from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. With a secured $250,000 USDA grant, a $1.638 million cost would remain. That amount is again predicted to be substantially reduced by a professional fundraising campaign and possible future grants. Any remaining amount would then be covered by tax levy payments.

With fundraising capacity estimated, but unknown, Councilor Mark Honsey questioned the status of the campaign by Crescendo Consulting, LLP. City administrator Windy Block indicated that the group is confident in its ability to raise an estimated $1.2 million.

Bonding agent Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, added his impression of the efforts by the consulting firm, no .....
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Library Board Chairman Dan Munson response speech for new library

Thu, Apr 1st, 2010
Posted in Government

Thank you, Councilors and Mr. Mayor. We've addressed this council before, with lots of fie charts and graphs and pages full of numbers. When Susan Hart and I spoke earlier about what we should talk about today, I thought it might be a good idea to ta ..... 
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AMVETS HONORS MINNESOTA CONGRESSMAN TIM WALZ

Wed, Mar 31st, 2010
Posted in Government

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2010-AMVETS will presented its prestigious Congressional Silver Helmet Award to Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz during a special in-district ceremony this morning at AMVETS Post No. 47 in Albert Lea, Minn. AMVETS honored Walz, a ..... 
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Chatfield reviews audit report

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Chatfield City Council's March 22 meeting the annual audit report conducted by Smith Schafer and Associates, LTD, was presented by Jason Boynton and accepted by the council. Boynton said it was their opinion that the city's financial statemen ..... 
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Ban on large assemblies recommended

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The board room was overflowing with about a dozen more people standing out in the hallway at the March 25 meeting of Fillmore County Planning and Zoning. The agenda for the night was packed with public hearings on a variety of issues that kept the b ..... 
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Fillmore County health

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the Fillmore County Board's March 23 meeting, much of the discussion was related to public health issues. Commissioner Tom Kaase was absent due to a scheduled test for advancement at his work place.

Brenda Pohlman, Public Health, reported ..... 
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Another campground north of the Root River Trail

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 9, 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, Attorney Thomas Man ..... 
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Rushford City Council considers Village water issue

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a potential arrangement between the city of Rushford and the city of Rushford Village reared its head again at the Monday, March 22nd, meeting. Regarding the state of the water supply, the Village is facing an increasingly urgent matter ..... 
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Budweiser cans, pot holes and trailer park trash

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Government

Spring Valley's City Council met during its regular monthly meeting, Monday, March 22nd, at 6 p.m. Two members were absent.

Minutes from the March 8th meeting, as well as the list of accounts payable items, were approved with no discussion.< ..... 
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