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Rushford looking at $10.3 million for infrastructure improvements


Tue, Apr 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

"You've got 10.3 million dollars worth of improvements you're going to have to do sometime," said engineer John Stewart about Rushford infrastructure to the city council at its regular meeting Monday, April 13.

Water mains and sewer pipes-well, they're just not that fun to talk about, which may explain why this huge issue hanging over the city doesn't generate as much discussion as something like a new motel, despite the fact that it is a sizable, expensive project.

Stewart, of BDM Engineering & Surveyors, LLC, a frequent and personable "guest star" at Rushford city council meetings, outlined the grant and loan scope for utility improvements in sections of the community that are severely burdened by old and failing water distribution systems.

City staff had met with BDM engineers, Dean and Dave Otomo of Otomo Engineering, and Michael C. Bubany of David Drown Associates to discuss an amended version of the "City of Rushford Street and Utility Improvement Program" as previously introduced by Otomo Engineering Services, Ltd. This current initiative is primarily motivated by the State's placement of Rushford on the Project Priority List (PPL) and by the recent availability of federal stimulus tax dollars for the correction of deficient water distribution systems.

Bubany was also present to give information on financing alternatives. After lengthy discussion and presentations, the council agreed to proceed with the necessary next steps for project implementation to meet the August, 2009 funding deadline, when projects wishing for stimulus dollars must be "shovel ready."

Stewart explained that the state of Minnesota, in an effort to make federal stimulus dollars reach a greater number of projects, decided on an 80/20 split-20% grants and 80% low interest loans.

Not surprisingly, the council was most interested in how to come up with funds for the 80%.

Since the biggest variable is LGA (local government aid), Bubany presented a number of funding scenarios that basically ran from least depressing (a house version of aid cuts amounting to $17,885 per year) to really, really depressing (the governor's proposed cuts of $135,261 per year to Rushford).

In all, the capital improvements deemed necessary in the presentation by Stewart total $10,300,000. The plan itself has been changed from the original, particularly in the order that work around town would be completed. Reasons for the changes include extra money .....
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WALZ, OBAMA ADMINISTRATION DISCUSS HIGH SPEED RAIL

Mon, Apr 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Rochester, MN) - Today, Congressman Walz and Obama Administration Official Mark Yachmetz, Associate Administrator of Railroad Development at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) held a roundtable discussion at the Rochester Area Chamber of Comm ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council looks at parking restrictions

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government

It was a very short City Council meeting on Monday night. The main item of discussion was a proposed Resolution imposing additional parking restrictions.

City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the proposal which would define the number of ..... 
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Harmony Council receives audit report

Fri, Apr 17th, 2009
Posted in Government



The Harmony City Council approved the audit for 2008 as completed by Smith Schafer and Associates. This is the second year they have done the audit for the city. Ben Turnquist and Jason Boynton presented the audit to the council at their reg ..... 
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County recognizes Child Protection Month

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Social Service Director Thomas Boyd and county employees that work child abuse cases informed the board as to the increase in abuse cases at the board's April 7 meeting. Working through child abuse cases can involve cooperation between social worker ..... 
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Preston Historical Society seeks bonding for further elevator restoration

Fri, Apr 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

Richard Petsch updated the council at their April 6 meeting on the efforts to obtain up to $450,000 from the sale of bonds through the state to further renovate the grain elevator to its 1916 condition. The plans include a bagging shed, scale house, ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau applauds passage of Green Acres Bill

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

On Monday, March 30, the Minnesota House passed the Federal Tax conformity and Green Acres conference committee report on a vote of 130-3. On April 1, the Senate also adopted those changes on a vote of 59-5. Farm Bureau would like to thank all Minnes ..... 
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Rep. Davids supports compromise "Green Acres" fix

Fri, Apr 3rd, 2009
Posted in Government

ST. PAUL - By a vote of 130-3, the Minnesota House of Representatives has approved legislation that makes changes to the state's "Green Acres" property tax program. State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) helped approve the measure.

"Th ..... 
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