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Rushford proceeds with TIF district


Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

The council received an updated review of the community center and motel projects by developer Tom Serie of F&L Development. According to Serie, Sentence to Serve workers have installed drywall on the ceiling and insulated the exterior walls. Interior walls are awaiting inspection, but are anticipated to move into drywalling as well.

"The motel," as Serie said, "is a bit of a different animal." A complete financing package for the motel project is unknown. Serie has been unable to sell all ownership shares in the project. As of the March 14th meeting, 23 percent of shares remained, however, Serie was expecting that figure to drop to 8 percent by the close of the day. It was acknowledged that shareholders had been sought within the community, but no positive responses were received.

City Attorney Terry Chiglo had asked for a letter from Merchant's Bank in Winona committing to a level of financing detailing the amount of non-Rushford funds. As pieces to Serie's financing package are still unknown, the bank was unable to provide such information.

A public hearing for a proposed Economic Development Authority (EDA) business subsidy revolving fund loan to F&L Development is set for April 25th. If the council moves forward on the approved EDA recommendation, the developer could see $160,000 to be used towards the motel financing.

In other project news, the council has hesitated in proceeding with the immediate creation of a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District for the Himlie Business Park, in which the motel is proposed to be situated.

"Time is of the essence," urged Serie. "I've been here for four years now. I believe, in the near future, we'll have a doable project."

Serie has multiple times urged the city to move forward with the creation of a TIF District. By definition, creation of the district would be a measure to reallocate funds from property taxes to encourage other investment within the district, spurring economic growth. Generally speaking, they are created to enable projects which would be unable to develop without them.

During development, the tax base within the district would be frozen for a nine-year period at a predevelopment level. Property taxes would continue to be paid during that time, but taxes resulting from assessed value increases would either be set aside in a special fund created to retire debts with the original development or assist in future growth within the district.
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Chatfield to apply for Emergency Response grant

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dan Jaquith, training officer for the Chatfield Fire Department, explained why it is in the best interest of the city to install a generator at the Thurber Building at the council's March 14 meeting. The council approved the application for a grant ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses historical renovations

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dave Huisenga of the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approached the Lanesboro City Council during their meeting on March 7. He presented an annual report with an overview of things accomplished during 2010. He also mentioned some ideas for 20 ..... 
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County Law Enforcement ARMER ready

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
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Sheriff Daryl Jensen received approval from the county board at their March 8 meeting to purchase mobile and portable radios with remaining grant funds. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent as he was in Washington D. C. attending a National Organizat ..... 
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Potential government shutdown will impact Semcac Head Start

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

If a compromise for a 2011 federal budget is not reached by March 18, the federal government may institute a shutdown of nonessential services. A shutdown would impact Semcac Head Start, which receives grant funds directly from the federal governmen ..... 
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Garage wood burner, more than a nuisance

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dianne Ruud expressed her concerns over the health threat posed by an inside garage wood burner in Preston at the city's March 7 council meeting. The city has an ordinance banning outdoor wood boilers or furnaces, but not directly banning any stove ..... 
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Harmony to spray for mosquitoes in spring

Fri, Mar 11th, 2011
Posted in Government

During the council meeting on March 8, the Harmony City Council voted to spray the town for mosquitoes this spring.

Last year the subject came up when the mosquito population was causing a lot of problems. Council members said people were n ..... 
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County Board discusses regional jail capacity

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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Sheriff Daryl Jensen led the discussion at the board's March 1 meeting concerning the region's existing bed capacity in the county jails. A regional meeting, including eleven southeast Minnesota counties, was held in Red Wing to discuss the ..... 
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Spring Valley sidewalk policy

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and went through the normal routine of paying bills, approving minutes, etc.

Topping the agenda was a resolution approval for the Sportsmen's Club raffle permit. The raffle will be ..... 
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