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Good news at Rushford City Council - lower taxes, new airport building


Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

The Rushford City Council meeting was full of tidings of great joy Monday night, December 16. The council reviewed the proposed recommended 2003 budget of $530,480, which was $18,540 below the maximum levy originally sought. This budget would have a positive balance cushion of $21,880 to help if the state were to cut back Local Government Aid. The council opted to go with the recommended budget, a 4% increase over last year’s taxes instead of the original maximum levy of 7.52%. Taking into consideration the increased tax capacity of the city, the council projects that the city portion of taxes will decrease.

Further good news from the council was that the labor contract with employees was nearly settled. The council has made a counter proposal to the union and voted to accept the contract if the union voted to ratify it, pending clarification of some legal questions.

Yet another item of good news was the near completion of the airport arrival building. Councilman Ron Mierau reported the building was usable with sewer and power hooked up. Water to the building needs only to be tested before being available for drinking. Approvals from MNDOT have been received for the building, and blacktopping is complete on the taxiway. Knowing the runway is in poor condition with cracks in the blacktop, the state is willing to fund 80% to pave it. Council member Nancy Benson commented, "The new arrival building is a 200% improvement over the old building."

Councilman Ron Mierau interjected, "I’d say 300%!" He went on to remind the council that Mike Thern was paying the cost of the building as a prepay lease, a significant investment, and that the city was only paying for water and sewer, items which were needed years ago.

Other business

The council:

•has learned that the Central Cable Company’s insurance company wanted to close the issue of the tennis courts and has decided to require complete resurfacing of the courts;

•hired Smith Schafer and Associates to perform the city audit;

• agreed to hire Otomo Engineering to do a feasibility study on the water system with a March 3rd deadline;

•set hours of operation for Christmas Eve at a half day with employees using comp time, vacation time, or taking it off without pay

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Lanesboro residents turn out for sex offender notification meeting

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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More than 50 concerned residents turned out for a Community Notification Meeting at the Lanesboro Community Center on Thursday evening to find out more information about a Level 3 Sex Offender who was released into the community. The meeting was cond ..... 
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Sumner residents discuss moratorium, proposed subdivision

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Sumner Township Board met Monday, December 16, to reconvene their meeting of November 25 which ended in a recess, so that the board could discuss the legal and financial implications of a possible zoning moratorium with legal council.  ..... 
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The Little Red Jacket

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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"At one time it was so bad that I thought the young would have to go naked. We had of course ration cards, but that was no help so long as there wasn't so much as a yard of material to find! So then came a call from the Creamery Station that new 'Ame ..... 
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“Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon...”

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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Every December, as the Christmas spirit begins to fill our hearts, the city of Caledonia in Houston County, puts on their annual "Bluff Valley Balloon Rally". At this event, the people of Caledonia open their homes and share them with the balloon tea ..... 
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Harmony City one step closer on wastewater plant

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The city of Harmony may pass "Go" and collect anywhere from $374,850 to $624,750 in funding – if the Environmental Review Report application is approved for a U.S.D.A. Rural Development Grant explained Mike Lynch, Bonestroo & Associates, at the Harmo ..... 
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Police calls, library parking and liquor licenses discussed at Rushford council meeting

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The December 9th Rushford City Council Meeting began with a discussion of outstanding bills for police services to Rushford Village. Calls for police assistance are received in Preston; the Sheriff’s Department then often calls on the City of Rushfor ..... 
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Report on Preston indoor pool and rec center completed

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The Preston area has the philanthropic capacity to support a capital campaign to build an indoor aquatic and recreational center.   That was the conclusion that consultants from Crescendo Consulting of Winona reached after co ..... 
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Inherit the wind

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Over the past few months I have attended several public meetings in Preston dealing with the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling project that, if built, will burn used tires to generate electricity. Proponents of the plant claimed that the enviro ..... 
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