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Rushford council approves loans for six businesses


Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - So far, distributing the state flood relief money to damaged Rushford businesses is proving to be as challenging as securing the funds in the first place.

At its regular meeting last Monday, November 26, the Rushford city council was faced with considering approval of the first batch of Disaster Business Assistance Loans as recommended by the Rushford Economic Development Authority (EDA) for a total amount of $2,289,860. Hired consultant Chuck Pettipiece was on hand to present the applications for the council's approval.

While all six loans were technically approved by the council, the process was surrounded with a swirl of questions that were not resolved.

Mayor Ladewig was the first to express discomfort with the fact that four of the loans were for money in substantial excess of what the businesses had estimated they would need in the survey conducted by Pettipiece. The report itself reads that at the current rate of requested distribution, which has averaged $197,322.83 more than the surveyed amount per business, only 39 more businesses could receive aid while it is believed up to 70 more businesses will apply for aid.

The council seemed uncomfortable with what Pettipiece described as a "first come, first served" approach.

"If you come to the end of this line of recipients and the money is gone, that's not what I'd call fair distribution," Ladewig said.

Laura Deering asked what the EDA had thought of this current batch of applications, and Pettipiece responded that the EDA had not yet seen the spreadsheet currently before the council.

Deering said that her understanding and hope had been that the EDA would closely review the requests and numbers and make detailed recommendations to the council.

City Administrator Windy Block commented that he could understand the concern (with the currently requested amounts) but cautioned that these six businesses were all vital to the city's future and it would be a bad idea "to hold any of them back at this point."

Block also pointed out that these six businesses were committed to bringing back the same number of pre-flood jobs at the same wages.

The council voted to approve the requests one at a time; all passed with Laura Deering voting opposed on those that exceeded their estimated losses in Pettipiece's survey. Council member Larry Johnson joined her in voting "no" on the final request.

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Spring Valley Council reviews 2008 levy

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, Nov. 26 and discussed the proposed 2008 budget and tax levy. City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the preliminary figures to council members and pointed out areas where the budget will ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Commissioners grapple with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A variety of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requests were each approved by the board after thorough discussions at their November 27 meeting. Darin Funk of Spring Valley listed several concerns he and his wife Tori have about a plan to open ..... 
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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 damag ..... 
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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
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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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