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Rushford will rebuild liquor store in same location


Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the aftermath of August's flood, the city of Rushford has had to make many decisions quickly that will impact the residents for years to come. Last Thursday, the city council took up the issue of what to do with public properties damaged in the flood.

There is an urgency to the matter because FEMA is trying to wrap up its business in town and needs project worksheets for a number of the properties, according to Windy Block, city administrator.

The three properties in question are the Municipal Liquor store, the Ellen Tenborg community center, and the former Dreamin' Horses building that the city bought to use as an incubator business.

Block informed the council that normal procedure for FEMA is to grant funds for damaged public buildings so that they might be restored to their pre-flood condition. But in the case of the extensive damage in Rushford, FEMA is willing to offer replacement assistance to build brand new if the amount needed to repair the structure exceeds fifty percent of the cost to replace it.

In the case of the liquor store, FEMA estimates repair costs to be $689,456, and outright replacement costs to be $837, 394; thus, the city would have the option to take the higher dollar amount and build a new building as long as it is the same "footprint" as the old and has the same function (liquor sales).

The cost to repair the Tenborg Center is also more than fifty percent of replacement, so again the city has the option to take up to $593,382 in replacement assistance rather than $348,558 to simply repair the existing structure.

In the case of the former Dreamin' Horses, repair costs are far below fifty percent of replacement cost, thus the only option is to accept the repair assistance of $393,513.

The rules and regulations are, of course, complicated, and nobody has past experience with floods and disaster assistance to draw on. Yet the manager, mayor Les Ladewig and council members tried to work their way through all the possibilities.

Block said that it was possible to move an entity to a new location with no penalty, as long as the building still had the same "footprint" in its new location and the same function. However, if the city would decide to change the function of a building, say turn the liquor store into a community center, there would be a penalty. The funds available for the project would be 90% of the repair cost (not replacement cost).

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Lanesboro Council to review street sweeper quotes

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro looked at the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper at the regular meeting on November 19. City employee Andy Drake presented the council with quotes from Mac Queen Equipment in St. Paul for two different s ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Caboose for Preston

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Richard Petsch, Preston Historical Society, informed the city council of the historical society's purchase of a Milwaukee Road Railroad caboose at their regular November 19 meeting. Petsch said that a down payment has been made to purchase ..... 
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Wind company gets go ahead for testing towers in Harmony and Bristol Twps.

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission approved four conditional use permits at its November 15 meeting, including two permits for wind testing towers.

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Harmony Council looks at proposed budget cuts

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Deciding where to make cuts in the budget was an item of much discussion for the members of the Harmony City Council during their regular meeting on Nov. 13. City Administrator Jerome Illg, with direction from the council, had come up with ..... 
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Corps report says flood exceeded 500-year mark

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - If the Rushford City Council really needed official proof that the flood of '07 was a bad one, they got it at their meeting last Monday, November 12, in the form of a draft of a report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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Commissioners discuss publishing public notices

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the Nov. 13 county board meeting, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter asked the board to advertise for newspaper bids for the official newspaper for 2008. This procedure is followed each fall to designate a newspaper as the official ..... 
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Spring Valley moves forward on street project

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - At the regular Nov. 13 meeting, the Spring Valley City Council gave the go ahead to Yaggy Colby Associates for the final design and construction services for the 2008 CIP project which includes storm water and sanitary for Hudson Ave ..... 
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County Board deals with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An array of zoning issues were discussed by the county board at their November 6 meeting. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig asked the board to consider a resolution to amend Section 7, subpart 721 of the county ordinance dealing with requi ..... 
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