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Rushford City Council moves forward with City Center Project


Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A presentation by the well-organized library board and its lead architect, Val Schute of River Architects, was the big event at the Monday, August 24, city council meeting. It was intended to ascertain the council's commitment in moving forward with the construction of a new, jointly developed public library and city hall facility.

Through some "rearrangement," the preliminary design showcases a 16,672 square foot facility on a 100x150 foot parcel located downtown at the corner of Mill and Park Streets. Several variations have been designed, but the council was presented with plans of the most comprehensive in addressing the needs while maintaining the smallest footprint on the site.

While the city has previously been in discussion with two property owners to the immediate south and west of the site, they did not want to "hold the library hostage" and plans put forth were set by code using only the city-owned parcel. When asked how the preliminary plans would change should the other parcels become available, Schute replied, "Not much. We would still maintain it as expansion (space)."

Because a building cannot be developed based on a shifting occupancy number, the plans were developed to meet the code as if both floors were at maximum occupancy. Also included in the plan is a 2 percent per year allowance for growth over the next 20 years, which Schute noted seems to be the standardized number for most facilities. It was noted that "ground is a premium at this site." With that in mind, the architects have created a conceptual plan which will set the community destination apart from others.

From the entrance, the design calls for what Schute has dubbed, an "essential lobby experience." It would allow either city hall or the library to open and close independently while the shared space remains open. The plan also dictates "pockets for age separation," which are impossible at the bursting-at-the-seams current facility, and a reading area with the option for a small coffee shop area, similar to what's offered at commercial bookstores. Finishing out some of the library features are much coveted seating, both indoors and out, a scheme that blends historic architectural details into the downtown area, and an attempt to "eek out" as much green space as possible. The building could be considered a green facility, maximizing square footage, green space, operating needs, and the elements. Of course, the final plan is subject to change. .....
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Spring Valley discusses H1N1 flu and 800 mhz radios

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

Issues involving radios and H1N1 flu consumed most of the city council meeting on Monday night.

John Dols of the Emergency Management Team briefed the council on a meeting he had gone to last week in Preston concerning the H1N1 flu. He repo ..... 
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Elementary School gets approval for storage building

Fri, Aug 28th, 2009
Posted in Government

A Conditional Use Permit (CUP) was approved by the Chatfield City Council for a storage structure near the new elementary school, which lies within a residential area, at the council's August 24 meeting. Planning and Zoning had met in special sessio ..... 
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Emergency communication options weighed by county

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board held a special meeting on August 18 to review the pros and cons of three potential future emergency communication systems. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), an independent US government agency responsible to cong ..... 
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Preston Council and utility review proposed contract extension

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met for a second week together on August 18 to study the analysis completed by R. W. Beck, Inc. The firm was tasked by Preston and several other communities that are currently members of th ..... 
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Preston discusses parking ordinance for residential streets

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz, along with City Administrator Joe Hoffman, described the concern over "on street parking" of semi trucks and trailers and recreational vehicles at the city's August 17 meeting. Hoffman said the city has received an ..... 
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Lanesboro strives for approved 2010 budget

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman informed the City Council that the skateboard park had been vandalized for the second time in two weeks. She said the panels were ripped off, cigarettes were all over the place, graffiti had been spray ..... 
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Preston considers its energy future

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met in special session with the Preston Utility Commission to hear a presentation from the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) early on August 10. Four officers of the company, including Ray Hayward, CEO, Larry ..... 
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Spring Valley's new ambulance

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The August 10, 2009, Spring Valley City Council meeting might have been classified as one of the shorter meetings. The main item on the agenda was the purchasing of a new ambulance. City Ambulance Director Jim Cooper was present to review the option ..... 
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