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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 distribution of the funds is July 2009. Up to this point the FEMA funds for debris removal have been available to single family home owners and duplexes.

Emergency Management Director Deborah Teske reported that there are a total of 13 more homes to be removed in Rushford. The county has allowed up to $6,000 per home for the demolition and removal. Eleven of the property owners have not gotten demolition permits. Chairman Randy Dahl suggested that if owners do not have the structures removed, that the homes will probably need to be condemned. Teske questioned whether FEMA in the case of a condemnation could pay directly to the city of Rushford for the removal.

Commissioner Duane Bakke suggested that about $100,000 could be available for Ag land, removal of flood debris on crop land. Dahl said that property owners that have already used the $6,000 limit for debris removal have asked if there would be another round available for those that spent over $6,000 to remove flood debris. The limit was not changed at this time.

The board decided that a press release should be issued setting a deadline of December 1, 2008, for having applications submitted. The limit on Ag land would also be $6,000. Ag applicants are directed to contact the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). This would be on a first come first serve basis. About $78,000 will be set aside for the completion of the removal of the thirteen remaining homes in Rushford.

Budget

County Coordinator Karen Brown reported that at this point the 2009 proposed levy has been reduced from about 16% to 10.71%. The highway department had made reductions. The reductions included sand and salt. Commissioners generally agreed that they did not want reductions in these areas. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked that a highway department budget item of $170,000 for new trucks be reduced to $0. He noted that the oldest truck had been replaced this year with insurance help after an accident.

Brown added that part of the reduction was due to added revenue in the Public Health Department coming from grants. Brown added that the current numbers are still very preliminary.

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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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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
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The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the vario ..... 
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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois ..... 
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Lanesboro issues bonds for capital improvement projects

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has approved selling bonds to finance Capital Improvement Projects that will be done in the next year. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. explained how the bonds will be paid off, and how it will affect the city's tax ..... 
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Airport to get Fixed Base Operator building

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An amendment was approved to reflect a corrected design for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building for the Fillmore County Airport at the county board's August 12 meeting. The low quote from Northland Builders, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in th ..... 
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Developer plans motel for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Anyone with a minimum investment of $37,500 and the fortitude to take on huge debt can be a motel owner in Rushford, according to developer Tom Serie of F & L Management & Development.

As the developer, Serie does not wish to own ..... 
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Harmony flooding problem linked to faulty manholes

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Harmony resident Louise Sikkink was at the August 12, 2008, City Council meeting to hear about what has been done to fix problems with the sewer system on the north end of town. Sikkink and others had sewers back-up into their homes during ..... 
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