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Rushford halts airport hangar construction


Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the June 22nd meeting, the city council began by putting a temporary halt on a plan for development at the Municipal Airport. The action plan calls for the design and construction of a 6-unit T-hangar project. While the city is eligible for a state loan, it would require a sizeable payment ($1200) per month. City Administrator Windy Block stated, "Prior to now, there's been no way to feasibly do that."

In a positive turn of events, the federal authorities have found that they want to increase Rushford's viability. Airport Commission and council member Larry Johnson added, "If we wait, it turns into a better deal," referring to an option to secure federal funds for the project rather than defraying the project cost to the tax base.

With a "new plan year" beginning in October of this year, the city plans to continue with engineering of the project, but the seeking of bids and construction won't take place until after that time, thus avoiding having to self-fund the project.

Block chuckled and added, "It's a chance to take advantage of a nice offer from the federal government to help with the project."

When asked by council member Robert Dahl if federal funds were guaranteed, Block responded, "By current law it is. That's if guarantee is a fair word with the government."

The hanger plan would require a specific number of planes be based out of the Rushford airport. 12 names have potentially been put together as those who are interested in having a hanger, but some of these are expected to withdraw their names due to improvements at the Winona airport.

Projected price by engineers is based on previous experience, but similarly engineered projects are coming in with costs at only 80-85%. Block told the council, "Even the commissioners believe that the cost will be less."

Resoundingly the plan "sounds like a great opportunity."

Assessment Policy

The proposed assessment policy for the city's water and sewer is moving forward. While the policy can change, it will be based at 30%. This option for change gives the city flexibility should special circumstances arise. More importantly, it provides a starting point from which proper calculations can now be made.

Looking at both sides of the issue, Block stated, "You might find that there are things that need to change, but you have been consistent to this point. You haven't played any games."

EDA & Flood Funding

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Lanesboro City Council, citizens discuss Bunge's request

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Several Lanesboro residents turned out for the public hearing with questions and concerns on June 22. Andy and Eric Bunge of Bunge Construction have requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for property they own downtown.

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Spring Valley Council take final action on 2009 budget

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council took final action on the 2009 budget on Monday night (June 22, 2009) and Mayor Struzyk warned that, "This year, 2009 is not as tough as next year will be in balancing the budget."

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Ropes speaks and listens in Chatfield

Fri, Jun 26th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL continued a trip around her district addressing the Chatfield City Council at their June 22 meeting. She stressed that we all need to get through this together in part by keeping in touch as much as possible.< ..... 
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Grant approved for Preston, Chatfield and Ostrander

Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their June 10 meeting that the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant was approved in the amount of $474,200. He reminded them that the state/federal grant was applied for la ..... 
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County signaling level budget for 2010

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown asked the board's direction to department heads in planning the 2010 budget at the June 9 meeting. She wanted to be able to give department heads notice as to limits on salary and wage increases. Brown warned that a po ..... 
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Spring Valley budget cuts?

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expendi ..... 
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Harmony City Council speaks with Ropes

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council was able to speak to Senator Sharon Ropes during their regular meeting on June 9. They asked questions and got some information about the state's budget and the status of the city's LGA (Local Government Aid).

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Rushford City Council receives levee recertification update

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a lengthy, occasionally vague presentation, the council heard an initial report by URS Corporation and American Engineering Testing at the Monday, June 8th meeting. The presentation detailed the current analysis of the flood protection system, as ..... 
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