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Rushford approves subsidy, lot rezoning as community center sale proceeds


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The future of the former community center, a one-time hope and frequent thorn in the side of the city, has now been sealed. Pending final closing of the sale, the building will be sold to Win-Tech Electronics, Inc. The sale was approved by the council June 22, contingent upon a public hearing for a business subsidy, approval by the Planning Commission to verify the sale met with the comprehensive plan of the city, and the rezoning of the lot.

A joint council and Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting was held July 27 for the purpose of a public hearing. There were no public comments. The Revolving Loan Fund Business Subsidy was needed due to the sale being 75% or less of the estimated market value of the building ($570,000). The building is being sold, “as is” for $200,000, but requires some extensive remodeling.

Five specific facts and findings were presented to the council prior to the vote. First, as terms of the subsidy, Win-Tech pledges to employ five people by the end of 2015 and has a goal to reach 10-15 employees by the end of five years. Also, with the sale, the building will transition to generating property tax for the city, will no longer represent any city investment, and will no longer require the city to pay utilities for the property.

“It makes sense for the community,” acknowledged City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

The Planning Commission did approve the sale as compliant with the comprehensive plan.

The Board of Zoning recommended that Lot 4, Block 2 of the Himlie Business Park, 1108 Miller Circle, as well as Lot 5, Block 2 and Lot 6, Block 2 be rezoned from arterial commercial to light industrial. The idea behind rezoning is both to allow the sale to Win-Tech and to prepare for expansion or creation of similar businesses. It was noted that originally the area was zoned arterial because the city was planning for supportive businesses to be located near a motel and community center. Allowing for the rezoning opens the door to more business opportunities in the community. Lots 1-3, which face Highway 43, will remain arterial commercial. There are two additional lots zoned R3, or multi-family residential district, and one large I1 Light Industrial district within the Himlie Business Park.

“We’re thrilled to have your business here,” enthused Mayor Chris Hallum.

“It’ll be good,” added Steve Brown, owner of Win-Tech Electr .....
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County updated on collaborative effort to reduce welfare fraud

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh and Detective Mike Lavigne (regional fraud prevention investigator) gave their account of this collaborative effort to the Fillmore County board at the July 28 meeting. Bartsh noted that welfare fraud investiga ..... 
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Wykoff News

By Donna Erdman

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

On Monday July 20, the Wykoff Area Historical Society had their monthly meeting at Mary’s Tea Room. WAHS is still looking for volunteers to work at Ed’s Museum this summer. Mary Sackett needs volunteers to give tours on weekdays when someone sto ..... 
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Government this week - 8.3.15

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, August 3, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, August 3, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Tuesday, August 4, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 a.m. • Tuesday, August 4, Houston School ..... 
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Peterson holds two meetings over sidewalk debate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council held two special meetings, within four days of each other, to discuss the proposed inclusion of sidewalks on the west side of south Church Street. The July 23, the council allowed the public to comment and ask questions of ..... 
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Rushford Village talks hall rental; public hearing for expanded solar array

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, July 21, Rushford Village meeting consisted largely of Planning and Zoning issues, but the potential rental of the Village Hall garnered most of the discussion. Mayor Gordon Johnson met recently with Root River Yoga owner Amanda Grigg ..... 
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Preston 2015 sidewalk improvements

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, discussed proposed sidewalk replacements at the July 20 council meeting. Councilman Robert Maust was absent at the 8 a.m. meeting. Bakken recommended replacing the sidewalk on the south side of Vesterheim Apartments along ..... 
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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage ..... 
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Government this week - 7.27.15

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 27, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 27, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 27, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, July 28, Fillmore County Commi ..... 
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