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Rushford City Council Report:Long-needed water utility improvements get underway


Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

At their September 22, 2003 meeting the Rushford City Council followed the recommendations of Bill Chang from BDM Consulting Engineers to begin the city’s water utility improvements. At Chang’s suggestion, the city agreed to send BDM utility drawings for the area around the city garage so BDM can provide plans and specifications for a needed booster pump at that locale.

The city public works staff (with assistance from Otomo Engineering) will install a water main loop from the city garage to the fire hydrant near the former Mobil station and from the garage to Ferry Street and then to Harry Street. The city will bid the installation of the in-line booster pump and a pump house (large enough to accommodate a possible future well) at the city garage with city employees installing the water main connections. The council set December 2003 as the target completion date.

With the public works department staff doing much of the work, the cost of the project will be under $ 100,000. Larry Bartelson, city administrator, recommended an interfund loan from the Electric Commission to finance the project, adding that there was the option of funding through tax levy as well, since this is an infrastructure improvement. The council chose to contact the Electric Commission to pursue the possibility of a loan from them. Previous water rate increases were for repairs to the water tower and to pay back loans from the Liquor Fund. An additional rate increase effective starting in November will be necessary to cover the costs of the new improvements.

Woxland’s Plumbing is installing water meters throughout the city. When all of the new meters are installed, water meters will be read on a monthly basis and charges will be for water actually used.

The refurbishing of well number 3 will be next on the agenda on water improvements. If the public works staff does some of the work, the cost for that improvement will be around $30,000.

Airport

Mike Thern of Rushford Aviation appeared to personally thank council members for supporting the runway repaving project. With blacktopping completed, the only work left before reopening the airport to traffic is some striping and painting.

Absolutely no driving will be allowed on the new blacktop so a gate has been added at the north end of the field so Steve Highum can access his field and .....
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The September 16 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer, J ..... 
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Fall Home & Garden: Autumn garden care to-do list

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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By Nancy Huisenga, Fillmore County Master Gardener  Now that the 2003 gardening year is drawing to a close, it’s time to go through a To-Do List of Garden Care Tips to ensure the best chance for successful wintering of trees, ..... 
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New school immunization rules adopted by state

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has adopted rules that set out new immunization requirements and makes several modifications to the current school immunization requirements.

Beginning with the 2004-05 school year, child ..... 
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Harmony seeks to purchase property from the county

Fri, Sep 26th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA), City Administrator Jerome Illg, and Council Member Mark McKay approached the commissioners about the possible acquisition of a parcel that runs just west of the incubator building at 235 2nd St. NW in ..... 
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CCC and WPA are an important part of local history

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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On October 29, 1929 the stock market crashed and the United States was sent into a great depression that lasted for over ten years. In just a short period of time, millions of Americans lost their life savings. Over half a million were unemployed and ..... 
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Preston woman recovers from liver transplant

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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"It has been almost a nursing class on its own,” stated Irene Mathison, as she reflected on the health problems of her daughter. She and her husband, Larry, have spent the better part of ten years helping their daughter, Karen, work through a maze of ..... 
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ATV track hits big bump in road to approval

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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For a while, it looked like a fast track to a fast track.   A citizen, in this case Dave Clement, told a county commissioner, Randy Dahl, that he wanted to build a commercial ATV (all terrain vehicle, commonly known as 4-whee ..... 
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Special elections slated for Preston

Fri, Sep 19th, 2003
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Monday's Preston City Council meeting had a bumpy start with a council that seems split on most difficult and contentious issues. With the recent passing of Mike Gartner, the city council is left with a two-to-two vote, especially when anything havin ..... 
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