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Rushford library project sees changes


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, August 9th, meeting of the city council saw at least two frequently-debated issues moving forward. First up, Dan Munson, chairman of the Library Board, addressed the council with a status of efforts to raise funds for the construction of a new public library.

The board had met August 2nd and felt it was ready to move forward with the $250,000 USDA grant it was awarded in June. There is no doubt that the $1.1 million needed in donation funding is a key issue, but the board believes there is no better time to try. To assist in the fundraising, the board had previously contracted the services of Crescendo Consulting. That arrangement has since ended and the board has requested approval for contracting the services of Church Street Associates of LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

The contract would, in essence, be $5,000 per month, but charges can accrue from additional assistance. There would be a cap on the amount spent with the contract agreement. While the board is looking to the city for cooperation in this funding, Munson indicated that the board would look to its own $175,000 general fund if need be. There is currently no funding available in the Library Capital Projects Fund.

Councilor Vern Bunke noted he was uncomfortable with the fact that Larry Dittman, of Church Street Associates, had not given any sort of timeline to the fundraising effort. "I'm a little disturbed. We don't want to enter into something that will drag on for 10 more years."

Mayor Chris Hallum called for a special meeting in regards to the project to be held Wednesday, August 18th.

Munson continued with a second board request, the removal of the city hall portion of the project. A hotly contested issue in the community, the original plan submitted to the USDA called for a joint venture with a city hall and library coexisting in one new facility. Many in the community believed that with a number of improvement and expansion projects being conducted around the city, this was not the time to enter into another costly project.

This request from the board was approved by the council. Mayor Hallum added, "The library project is on its own."

In other occasionally tumultuous news, the council received a report from the subcommittee which has been reviewing the development of the Guardian Inn Motel and Rushford Community Center. Mayor Hallum, Councilor Bunke, City Attorney Terry Chiglo, Public Works Director Jeff Copley, and City Adminis .....
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County DFL not surprised

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

It's that time of year again-the return of political advertisements, door-knocking and election season. Less than 1,800 eligible voters in Fillmore County turned out for the primary election held statewide on August 10. The Primary-in which voters s ..... 
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Lanesboro approves adding sales tax question to ballot

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 2, the council approved adding a sales tax question to the ballot during the general election. The question would be whether or not residents would approve having a one-half percent sales tax added ..... 
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County to seek lower interest rate

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, discussed his analysis for potential interest savings on the county's 2003 capital improvement bonds for the remodeling and addition to the Fillmore County Courthouse at the board's August 3 meeting. Commissioner ..... 
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Wanted: ambulance director

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

For some time the city of Preston has been working on a policy manual for the ambulance service and a director job description. The council approved the ambulance director's job description and the advertisement to fill the position on a part time b ..... 
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Open seats for mayor and two council members in coming election

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met July 7, 2010. Mayor Donivee Johnson called the meeting to order. Others present included: Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. The minutes from the ..... 
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'Who let the dogs out' in Spring Valley?

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

We've all heard of the Dog Days of Summer and how the high temperatures might affect everyone. Well, it might be attributed to a seasonal thing but the big item of discussion at the Spring Valley City Council is that council members are getting dog- ..... 
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Chatfield hopes to extend bike trail

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

Park and Recreation issues led the way during a brief July 26 meeting of the Chatfield City Council. Councilor Dave Frank said the Woman's Community Club wanted to donate two wooden park benches to be placed in Hendrick's Park at the corner of Hwy 7 ..... 
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County 2011 budget process begins

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Government

County Commissioners started hearing preliminary budgets from a few departments at their July 27 meeting. The preliminary 2011 levy is for about $8.3 million or an increase of 5.59 percent. This is just the beginning of the process to set the levy f ..... 
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