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City of Rushford Village Minutes of August 2, 2011


Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

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The August 2, 2011, Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joyce Iverson, Community Economic Development Associates (CEDA).

AGENDA was approved as written on motion by Overland, seconded by Petersen and carried unanimously. MINUTES were approved for the July 19, 2011 Regular Meeting as presented on motion by Johnson, seconded by Petersen and carried unanimously. MINUTES were approved for the July 26, 2011 Special Meeting and Public Hearings as presented on motion by Overland, seconded by Ekern and carried unanimously.

CITIZENS / OTHERS PRESENT: Mike Bubany, David Drown Associates was present to discuss the following: 1. Cooperative Way Bonds: Bubany said United Bankers Bank was the overall buyer and there is a clause that the bonds cannot be prepaid before February 1, 2015. He said advance refunding to prepay the bonds does not make sense right now. He also said the levy for the deferred assessments should be put in the Debt Service Fund, and once there is dedicated to stay there.

2. Sewer costs: Mayor Schwanke explained the CRV share of the Rushford Waste Water Treatment (WWT) plant upgrade estimated at $100,000 and purchasing capacity for twenty more sewer hook-ups estimated at $35,000 for a total CRV capital cost share of $135,000-140,000. Schwanke said Rushford will have a Public Facilities Authority (PFA) loan for the entire project and CRV will pay Rushford about $7500 semi-annually for its share. Discussion: to keep backup fees the same as for the original system, allow payment over twenty years and add cost of new capacity. 3. Water funding for Well #2, projected at $350,000. Discussion of options: PFA funding for twenty years at very low interest (about $21,000 per year) or USDA funding at a higher rate over forty years (about $18,000 per year). Use of savings could offset some sewer and water costs, however, user fees will also need to increase.

4. Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) with flood loan repayments. Discussion: Guidelines need to be established, look to existing businesses for expansion, require reasonable job creation for type of business, security, personal guarantees, announce in quarterly newsletter when ready for applications.

ZONING: Howard Otis reported .....
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Ostrander City Council minutes

Thu, Sep 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.

Visitors: Mark Davis (insura ..... 
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Lanesboro to hold 9/11 tenth anniversary service "A Hero in Every Heart"

Thu, Sep 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

Five years ago, Jeff Reinartz of Austin wrote in the Rochester Post Bulletin about the fifth anniversary of 9/11. He said then that "It's as if a new emotion was invented that day that can't be expressed with mere words." It's likely that everyone f ..... 
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Historic Preston Overlook to be restored

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Historic Bluff Country announced that it has been awarded a National Scenic Byways grant in the amount of $787,516 for the refurbishing of the Preston Overlook along Highway 52/16. A 20% matching amount of $200,000 by the Minn ..... 
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Chatfield improvement projects approved

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Engineer David Morrill, McGhie and Betts, reviewed proposed improvement projects at the city council's August 22 meeting.

Bids had been received for improvements to Old Territorial Road. A bid of $91,302 would provide basically for a t ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Thursday, September 1, Fountain City Council, City Office 7:30 pm

•Tuesday, September 6, Lanesboro City Council 5:30pm City Hall

• Tuesday, September 6, Preston City Council, Preston Council Chamber, 6:00 p.m.

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Variance criteria change in zoning ordinance

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their August 25 meeting voted to send amendments related to the granting of variances on to the County Board for their consideration.

Zoning Administrator Chris Graves explained the proposed changes ..... 
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Government this week

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Government

• Monday, August 22, Chatfield City Council, Chatfield City Hall, 7:00 p.m.

• Monday, August 22, Rushford City Council, Rushford City Hall, 6:30 p.m.

• Monday, August 22, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hal ..... 
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Preston's counter proposal to the EMSRB complaint

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann informed the city council at their August 15 meeting as to their options in response to the Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) stipulation and consent order. Luhmann, City Administrator Joe Hoffman and A ..... 
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