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TRW plant closing almost a reality


Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council turned their attention to the looming TRW closing at their regular October 23 council meeting. The official WARN notice was received a week earlier from TRW. In the legally required letter, TRW notified the city that layoffs would be beginning December 8 and continue through August 2007 with an anticipated total layoff of 164 employees. Until this time, early layoffs have been on a voluntary basis. Employees have been tested and will be meeting with dislocated counseling specialists to begin planning for their future employment opportunities.

City Administrator Windy Block optimistically reported negotiations were continuing between PlastiComp and TRW for the east building. Block asked the council to think about what role they felt the city should have at this time. With the east building costing $825,000 and the main building priced at $1 million plus, the council needs to decide if they will commit to ownership of the buildings or just promote the sale. Block asked, "Do you want public or private sector financing," noting that DEED advised against city ownership of the buildings. Block urged the council to develop a philosophy of what they consider important, suggesting that jobs and private ownership might rank high on the list.

Gil Gutknecht and Greg Davids, visiting the city last week, told Block they were writing a letter trying to influence the ongoing negotiations for the building. Help from DEED will likely come in the form of people skills; not financing as some had hoped.

Mayor Les Ladewig, in response to Block's question of what the city would contribute stated, "We are willing to give a dedicated workforce." He noted many employees had worked at the plant for over thirty years and had earned a "well-deserved reputation" for hard work.

Block agreed, mentioning that just last week a company considering coming to Rushford had mentioned the existing workforce as a major selling point of the city.

Sewer

With the recent approval of the sewer rate change by Rushford Village setting a positive tone, the village and city are working to amend the current sewer agreement to provide a sound contract that could continue indefinitely. This would replace the ambiguous agreement slated to expire in eight years. Block commented, "The business relationship is back on track."

Block went on to say the weekly testing of sewage coming from South Rushford is being done in a positive .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Passable Ox Trail Impasse

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mayor Steve Rahn reported on his recent hour-long meeting with the Carrolton Township Board at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 16, telling the council the board was not interested in widening OxTrail unless it met state standards or at le ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council raises salaries for ambulance crew officers

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On October 16, the Preston City Council heard from a representative of the ambulance crew regarding increasing the volunteer ambulance officer salaries. During a previous volunteer ambulance meeting, members stated that the last salary rai ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County Board goes with E-85 trucks

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at its October 10 meeting. Marc Prestby was absent due to jury duty. Last week the board had requested that Highway Engineer John Grindeland look into price comparisons for E-85 compatible pick-ups. Grind ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Perspectives on cycles and deer

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Motorcycles-unwanted, unnecessary noise or the welcome sound of visitors arriving to spend time and money in Rushford? Deer-beautiful "pets" to feed and enjoy or pests that demolish gardens and yards? The Rushford city council spent much of their re ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses range of issues

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On October 10 the Harmony City Council discussed raising the utility rates for the city. Council members explored what the rates should be - the challenge is to raise the rate to reflect charges on a more current scale, however, if too lar ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County Board prefers E-85

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Highway Engineer John Grindeland requested authorization to purchase four new pick-ups at the October 3 meeting. Grindeland was asked by board members to go back and get bids for the four new pick-ups that could burn either E-85 or gasoline. The cur ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Another Sylvan Park fishing pier planned

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Steve Klotz, DNR southeastern region fisheries habitat coordinator, was present at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 2 to discuss the plans for another fishing pier in Sylvan Park. This pier would be on the upper end of the larger pond to t ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Doherty property split

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for less than ten minutes on Monday, October 2. Fifty-one acres owned by Robert and Kelly Doherty was annexed by the city of Preston at the May 15 meeting. At that time it was stated by Doherty that they wanted to build ..... 
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