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Rushford approves offer for community center sale; new city engineer


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Council hears recommendations by EDA Chairman Tom Driscoll regarding Revolving Loan Fund loans. Pictured left to right are City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Zacher, councilor Robert Dahl, Mayor Chris Hallum, councilors Roger Colbenson and Mark Honsey, Administrator Sarvi, and Driscoll. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Monday, June 22 Rushford Council meeting brought the long-awaited news of an offer to purchase the former community center, ending a nearly 6-year saga. Located at 1108 Miller Circle, in the Himlie Business Park, the center was initially approved in November of 2009. Ground was broken for the center that December, and the center was partially constructed in 2010 by F&L Development. A lengthy process followed that ultimately led the city to abandon its plans with the developer in July of 2011, which left the center partially finished and vacant. In 2014, the city settled a lawsuit by the developer.

Several individuals and companies have looked at the facility, with some moving forward with potential lease or purchase agreements, but ultimately all have fallen through. Now, the light at the end of the tunnel is a purchase agreement from Steve Brown, owner and operator of WinTech Electronics. The property is to be sold, “as is”, for $200,000, with additional investment by WinTech in renovations to the building to meet their needs for manufacturing. $100,000 is to be paid at closing, with the balance to be paid over five years in equal installments. A five-year clause is in place in the agreement to provide incentive to ensure the business doesn’t “flip” the property, making renovations then selling for a profit.

According to Brown, the building needs renovations to the restrooms, which are now currently located in what will be the lobby. Additionally, there is currently no air conditioning. Wiring, doors, and a potential loading dock are also in preliminary plans. Brown expects to invest $200,000 in renovations. Currently, WinTech operates out of leased facilities in Winona and LeRoy, Minn. Brown noted that he employs 15 full-time positions in Winona and five full-time and one part-time position in LeRoy. “The building isn’t perfect for us, but it’s close enough,” stated Brown. “It’s going to take some work, but it’s going to fit.”

Brown, a Rushford Village resident, will be moving his Winona outfit to Rushford. They will employ five at start up, but are looking to employ 10-15 within five years.

Final approval of the offer is contingent upon an Economic Development Authority (EDA) business subsidy hearing, and review by the city’s Planning Commission. The commission will need to determine whether or not the sale is consistent with the comprehensive plan. Additionally, th .....
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Preston approves EDA recommendations

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, recommended that the city move forward with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) applications at the June 16 city council meeting. The council approved the application ..... 
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Peterson hashes out project details, planning commission work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Already in the midst of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, the Peterson City Council tackled a bevy of issues including bonding for the project, water rates and revenues, property variances, property and utility easements and movement, and the ..... 
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County Board of Appeal and Equalization

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

On June 16 county assessor Cynthia Blagsvedt reviewed the role of the board and summarized 2014 sales, new construction, and valuations at the Board of Appeal and Equalization. One residential appeal was acted on. Board member Duane Bakke asked if ..... 
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Rushford Village awards bid; reviews permitting requirements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village has awarded the bid for the 2015 Pavement Management Plan to Dunn Blacktop Company, of Winona, in the amount of $158,838. Engineer’s estimate for the work was $140,000. Costs related to street widening were significant ..... 
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Government this week - 6.22.15

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, June 22, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, June 22, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, June 22, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, June 23, Fillmore County Co ..... 
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Council makes quick work of agenda

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council met on Thursday, June 4, 2015 with all council members present. Motion by Wangen, seconded by Ostby, to approve consent agenda items including minutes from the May 7, 2015 regular meeting, treasurer’s report, monthly ci ..... 
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Spring Valley capital improvement plan discussed

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on June 8, with all members present. Mike Bubany gave an Excel spreadsheet presentation showing the various projects Spring Valley aims to complete within the next five to ten years, including L ..... 
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Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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