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Rushford, 2009 Municipal improvement projects


Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a relatively short meeting, Tuesday, October 13th, the council proceeded to tie up paperwork with the loan application for 2009 Municipal Improvement Projects.

The completed PFA (Public Facilities Authority) loan application indicates that the city is applying for a total of $1,450,000 at what is believed to be a 20-year loan rate of 2 percent, resulting in an approximate annual payment of $88,000. The cash flow schedule proposes that the funds for the loan are raised through an assessment process to property owners which was detailed in several previous council meetings.

A "Pre-Construction Meeting for Impacted Residents" of the first portion of the project is to be held on Thursday, October 15th, at 5:30 pm, at Rushford City Hall. This first session is for residents abutting all of Ferry Street and one block of Rushford Avenue. Frank Ellenz of Otomo Engineering and Public Work's Director Jeff Copley will co-moderate the meeting.

Hazard Mitigation

Assitance Program

The city has entered into a sub-agreement with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The cooperative agreement was brought forth by the Electrical Commission and engineer Tom Nigon, looking for possible FEMA mitigation to safeguard a series of electrical lines from future wind damage. The plan calls for the replacement and burial of .7 miles of overhead 4 kV electrical distribution lines that serve customers in the downtown business district and the high school. The first set of lines run from approximately W. Park Street, along S. Mill Street, to just south of the Bluff View Buffet restaurant. The second set runs along N. Maple Street, behind the school.

The project, as described by city administrator Windy Block, safeguards the public in the event of wind damage. If the plan goes through, the city will be the recipient $180,464 in federal funds, leaving the city to pay a $60,155 portion.

Business Flood

Recovery Loan Policy

The EDA has recommended to the council, and the council agreed, that there may be the blending of business flood loans to simplify payments for recipients. The blending of loans is not required, but it is intended to give recipients an option for repayment. The new policy would have benefits for the city as well, likely shortening the time period in which the city recovers the funds.

Levee Recertification Status

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Harmony sanitary sewer extension

Tue, Oct 20th, 2009
Posted in Government



A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on October 13. A sanitary sewer extension will be placed on 2nd Ave. NW near Solberg Welding and Ironside Trailer Sales and Service. City Administrator Jerome Illg had ..... 
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Six in the running for Rushford's City Council seats

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

While we often hear from candidates regarding their views and goals, it is unusual for the public to be granted a forum to question the candidates. Taking this position, the six Rushford City Council candidates were recently asked a series of questi ..... 
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Chatfield takes a step forward for Potter

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the October 12 meeting of the Chatfield City Council the councilors unanimously adopted the resolution drafted by the Potter Steering Committee. Items in the resolution were detailed and discussed at an informational joint meeting on September 28 ..... 
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Preston extends until 2050 with SMMPA

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston Public Utility Commission and the Preston City Council met jointly early on October 13, to hear City Attorney Dwight Luhmann's opinion on his review of the current contract offered by the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council discusses trip to Chicago

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council held their meeting Monday night and timewise it was probably one of the shortest meetings ever held, barely 12 minutes.

The main item on the agenda was giving permission for three city representatives to trave ..... 
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Federal Energy Tax Credit Q & A

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Question: Which products are eligible for a tax credits for energy efficient home improvements? Are they available for new construction also? What about vacation homes? Rental properties?

Answer: Tax credits are available at 30% of the cost ..... 
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Easy Ways to Save Water and Money

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Perhaps no issues are more hot button these days than the environment and the economy. The general feeling is that both need to be saved, but there are differing views as to how to go about doing so.

One of the ways that can help save the en ..... 
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County passes opportunity for stimulus funds to municipalities

Fri, Oct 16th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates, described the pros and cons of the Federal Recovery Zone Bonds to the county board at their October 13 meeting. Fillmore County was one of 55 Minnesota counties to receive an allocation. The county was allocated ..... 
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