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Rushford council fails to endorse proposals


Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - The Rushford city council said a quiet "no thanks" to two sizable proposals on their agenda last Monday night by declining to second the motions made to endorse the projects.

City Administrator Windy Block carefully presented a plan to use FEMA repair funds from the city-owned Dreaming Horses building of $393,513 as matching funds for a grant from the state of Minnesota to the Rushford Institute of Nanotechnology (Rintek) for $600,000.

The money could be used for a "business incubator" managed by Rintek, likely in the former Tri-County Electric building, and the EDA endorses the plan, according to Block.

Block acknowledged that with the FEMA funds, the "temptation is to spend it on something else," but he continues to maintain that "it all comes back to jobs."

Block said he'd secured the services of business incubator experts from Owatonna, including former Rushford resident Tim McManimon, to help shepherd the project. Block also admitted it would be rare to see a business incubator in a city as small as Rushford.

Lending moral support to the argument for the business incubator was the presence of developer Mike Sexauer who continues to suggest he'd be interested in developing more housing in Rushford, if only the prospect of new job development looked better.

But what some saw as an opportunity to "liberate" $600,000 from the state and possibly create jobs, others may have seen as a bail-out. (In the four years since receiving the grant, Rintek has not raised the matching funds for their grant.)

"Why does the city have to raise the matching funds?" asked councilwoman Laura Deering. "Why can't Rintek match this grant?"

Deering also asked if it was a recent "revelation" that the city was responsible for matching this grant for Rintek.

Block responded that whatever project the grant was used for had to be city-owned, suggesting the city had an interest in raising the funds.

"The city is sitting with $394,513, (FEMA repair money for Dreamin Horses)" said Block. "We've come up with a formula to use it to go to the state of Minnesota to get $600,000 that's been sitting there for four years."

Deering asked whether it was possible to spend that particular FEMA money on anything else. Block responded that sure, it could be used toward the library, or the community center, or a wastewater treatment plant, and more.

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Sentence To Serve amended

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

Sheriff Daryl Jensen addressed the county board with some good news at their September 9 meeting. The Sentence To Serve (STS) program, praised by Jensen as the first successful program to help people work off fines and time while providing a valuabl ..... 
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Harmony sets levy at $612,942

Fri, Sep 12th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council passed a resolution for the tax levy for the preliminary 2009 budget. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council with the proposed budget and highlighted the changes from the 2008 budget. The total tax capacity lev ..... 
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Lanesboro council works on 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working on the budget for 2009. She presented the council with some of her suggested cuts, as well as a comparison with the 2008 budget at the September 2 meeting.

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Preston adopts preliminary 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman detailed nearly $21,000 in further budget reductions for 2009 at the council's September 3 meeting. Half of those cuts came from $11,000 less of an increase in health insurance premiums than expected. The total expecte ..... 
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County working to reduce 2009 budget

Fri, Sep 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown detailed the proposed 2009 budget to the Fillmore County Board at their September 2 meeting. Duane Bakke was absent. She explained that overall there will not be an increase in health insurance costs.

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Debris Grant criteria expanded to include ag

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Expansion of the criteria for eligibility for Debris Grant funds available after the 2007 flood was discussed at the August 26 meeting. There is nearly $300,000 left to be dispersed. Commissioner Marc Prestby noted that the deadline for the distribu ..... 
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Street plans next step in Rushford motel project

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Plans to develop 23-acres of land on Rushford's northern border with the Village moved another step forward at last Monday's August 25, 2008 City council meeting. Minus Laura Deering, council members Dahl, Johnson, Benson and Mayor Ladewi ..... 
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Preston tennis court nears completion

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Treasurer Chuck Aug of the Preston Area Community Foundation presented checks to the Preston City Council totaling over $70,000 at the city council's August 25 meeting be used for the city's tennis court project. He explained that $25,000 was an out ..... 
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