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Rushford struggles with bad wells and condemnations


Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Looking a little weary nearly a month after flooding transformed Rushford into a disaster area, Mayor Les Ladewig and City Council members Nancy Benson, Laura Deering, Larry Johnson and Herb Highum met in special session on Monday September 17, 2007 to consider a number of disaster relief and reconstruction issues as well as follow-up on pre-flood matters.

Thanks and No Thanks

Right at 6:30, the small City Hall reception area filled with residents and business-owners. Mayor Ladewig read the agenda then asked for additional agenda items. Roger Colbensen said he wanted to thank the City for the "good work" it has done in response to the flood. "That goes for all," Colbensen said. "We still have a hard row to hoe."

In response, Ladewig once again expressed gratitude to the City employees and everyone involved in the flood effort.

Dwayne Ostrem, speaking for a small contingent from the business community, echoed general appreciation for flood response. Ostrem then explained that on the previous Friday, members of the business community had met with the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Dan McElroy. The disaster relief bill crafted in the 11-September special session allocated to DEED $35-million in aid for business damaged by the flood, and business-owners attended the Friday meeting to learn more about the relief program, which DFL-legislators had 2-days earlier described as a bundle of flexible grants and forgivable loans designed to cover most losses.

"It was a long way from that," stated Ostrem, clearly frustrated by the news that in the relief package laid out by McElroy, there would be no grants, forgivable loans would only cover up-to 30-percent of business claims, and no one would be eligible for State aid without first applying to the Small Business Administration. "We would ask the Council," Ostrem continued, "to recognize the business community, and work out a program of tailored, forgivable loans. If the business community is asked to pay back even zero-interest loans, it will only prolong the bleeding."

Another resident noted that building permits for renovation cost $400. He questioned the policy. Mayor Ladewig explained that permit fees paid for building inspection required by the State building code, adding that in many cases, the City paid for additional inspection costs above the cost of permits. "We adopted the State code for the safety .....
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Board of Adjustment turns down variance request

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board of Adjustment voted on Thursday, September 20, to reject an application for a variance in Harmony Township.

Roger and Rosella Peterson had asked for a 902 foot variance to build a house on property they o ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro 20/20

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on September 17. The topic to be discussed was the Lanesboro 20/20 plans for the future, and Carla Noack was present to answer any questions about the document entitled " ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston hires new librarian

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met Tuesday September 18 for their regular meeting. Council member Robert Sauer was absent. Bob O'Reilly who sits on the Library Board detailed the board's unanimous recommendation for the new librarian, Elizabeth Anderson. ..... 
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County Board discusses disaster credits for homestead property

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Assessor Robert Pickett explained the current law regarding disaster credits on 2008 payable taxes for homesteaded property owners at the board's September 11 meeting. The Minnesota Statute 273.123 Reassessment of Homestead Property ..... 
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Rushford Council looks at flood money distribution

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - At a special meeting Thursday, September 13, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with SEMCAC to be the lead grant administrator on a Small Cities Development Program application for $1.4 million, with Pe ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preliminary levy increase set at 5.32%

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed council members at their September 10 meeting that he had successfully trimmed the 2008 preliminary budget. At the last meeting on August 27, he was tasked with finding a way to trim the increase by $23,000 an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Jacobson Addition assessments approved

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Many residents of the newly-completed Jacobson Addition in Harmony were present at the city council meeting September 11 to find out how the cost of the improvements would be assessed. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council w ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council sets preliminary 2008 levy

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council set the preliminary levy for the coming year at the September 10 meeting. It will increase 5% over this year. The final version will most likely decrease that amount to 2 to 3% after cuts in various dep ..... 
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