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City of Rushford Audit report presented


Fri, Apr 25th, 2003
Posted in Features

At a special meeting of the Rushford City Council on Monday, April 21, 2003, Tom Wente of Smith, Schafer and Associates presented the city’s audit report to the council.

"You’ve done a good job either budgeting or staying in the budget," Wente informed the council.

Wente spoke of a $100,000 increase in the general fund reserve for this year. With the reserves just under $400,000, the city will have 70 per cent of what it needs to operate in the bank at the end of the year.

Utilizing graphs to show trends through the years, Wente pointed out that most funds were doing well. Concerns arose with the Water and Sewer Funds, however. The Water Fund still shows slight losses after the rate increases.

Wente said, " It looks like you’ll need to raise water rates again." The Sewer Fund also shows a slight loss.

The Liquor Fund on the other hand shows slight increases. Commenting, "It’s been a pretty dependable fund for you," Wente pointed to a $60,000 transfer from the Liquor Fund, with $25,000 going to the General Fund and $35,000 to the Water Fund. Even with an increase in operating expenses due to compliance with the state pay equity guidelines, the Liquor Fund has contributed to keeping taxes down for the citizens by providing "significant revenue."

Other business

•After hearing the audit report, the council moved on to other business, the first item being a dialogue with Tony Heiden on his sewer damage claim at his commercial property. The city offered to pay half of Heiden’s total $811.23 costs. Heiden argued that the design of the system was faulty, with the storm sewer emptying into the nearby pond with an opening to the northwest. This line is only six inches from the sanitary sewer line serving Heiden’s building. Heiden suggested that was why the sanitary sewer line froze.

The council responded that the system is designed according to code.

"I think 50/50 is fair," stated Council member Ron Mierau, "We’ve never paid 100 per cent of anyone’s claim." With that, Mierau made a motion to pay half of the claim.

"There’s the offer, you’ll have to decide, Tony," declared Mayor T.S. Roberton. Heiden did not make a decision on the offer.

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A “Norwegian” farm girl returns to her native Vietnam

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

A self-described “Norwegian” farm girl, Julie Knutson DeHart grew up in rural Lanesboro, the adopted daughter of Sharon and Robert Knutson.   At Lanesboro High School, the 1992 graduate played in the band, went out for volley ..... 
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Preston Planning & Zoning Commission recommends granting CUP to Heartland

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
Posted in Features

It was a balmy summer-like evening, the Preston City Hall overflowing with interested residents, when the Preston Planning & Zoning Commission met to consider a conditional use permit application from Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC.

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Council hears possible water solutions

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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The Water Utility System Analysis Report presented by Bill Chang of BDM was the focal point of the Rushford City Council meeting on Monday, April 14. Chang first detailed some recent improvements to the water system of the city such as the new well # ..... 
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The fourth time’s the charm

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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Signs of spring were popping up all over the barnyard recently at the Paul and Cindy Lorius farm seven miles south of Cherry Grove. It's peak lambing time and the Lorius' herd of Suffolk sheep is growing by leaps and bounds. In fact, one of the coupl ..... 
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Council looks for ways to cut budget

Fri, Apr 18th, 2003
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With Local Government Aid (LGA) reductions affecting Harmony to the figure of $43,000 this year, and an additional $80,000 next year, council members started to take a close look at department budgets at their Tuesday, April 15 meeting.   ..... 
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County accepts bids on courthouse project

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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"I was 28 years old when I started this project, and look at me now," joked David Kane, President of Kane and Johnson Architects, Inc. in Rochester, as his team was finally given the green light on the project to remodel the courthouse.
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County Board rules that EAW not required on Bucknell Subdivison

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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A request by Bruce and Linda Bucknell of Racine for a conditional use permit to establish seven lots and two outside lots on land they own located in Sumner Township came to a halt in early March due to a petition requesting an Environmental Assessme ..... 
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Catholic nun recalls mission work in third world

Fri, Apr 11th, 2003
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“Itchy feet.” That is the working title of a book Sister Joseen Vogt is planning on writing about her experiences around the world.

“When I was leaving Australia, the head master asked me what I was going to do next. I told him ..... 
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