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Rushford village council meeting


Tue, Nov 10th, 2009
Posted in Government

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present: Dale Schwanke, Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, and Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Manion, and Clerk Joyce Iverson, SEMDC - Southeast Consultants.

The Agenda was approved on motion by Overland, seconded by Ekern and carried unanimously with additional issues for Attorney Manion.

Minutes of October 6, 2009 were approved as written on motion by Overland, seconded by Schwanke and carried unanimously.

Citizens/Others Present: None

Letters to the contractors about payments to be made for Cooperative Way and Tower Ridge Road were reviewed and approved by council consensus as edited by WHKS' Kevin Graves. Graves is also editing the letter to FEMA to close out the Tower Ridge Road project.

Schwanke and Ekern met with Rushford Administrator Winthro Block on October 14, 2009, re:

1) Stensgard Request: Stensgards have an option for a small system and replacement would be required elsewhere in Rushford Village, so they suggested this situation should not set a precedent. For detachment, seven years of property taxes was suggested as compensation. So far no formal request has been received. Next spring is the earliest that water or sewer would be available.

2) Monthly volume readings were requested to judge the progress addressing I&I issues.

3) Purchase of water to address radium: options include 100 percent replacement or a portion of the total use. Discussion included whether there would be some infrastructure cost as well.

Basin Water: No additional information was provided yet as discussed on October 6, 2009. Both engineers, Kevin Graves and Mike Davy, seemed to agree that the issues included addressing iron and manganese and whether the company would be around as needed for the duration of the project.

Greenslade: Last communication was September 23, 2009.

Zoning - Old Business - Howard Otis: Outdoor Woodburners were discussed regarding the liquid being used, whether water, propylene glycol (food grade), or ethylene glycol (automotive). An MPCA permit may be required. It was suggested that we should have the type of material on record and a copy of permits, if required.

Zoning - New Business: The Zoning Board is reviewing selected sections of the Zoning Ordinance. A permit was granted to Lynn Mattson for a storage shed. .....
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Lanesboro Community Center Building repairs

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Shayn Jensson and Ben Wolf from Yaggy Colby Associates came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 2 to discuss their recent report on repairs needed to the Community Center Building.

Wolf explained what they found when looking ov ..... 
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term ..... 
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Board discusses redesign plan progress

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

An effort to partner with other counties in the Southeast Region of the state to more efficiently deliver social services is still a work in progress. Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked the commissioners the direction they want to take to bui ..... 
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Preston seeks highway 52 speed adjustment

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

Michael Schweyen, district traffic engineer for MnDot, explained their process for determining appropriate speeds at the November 2nd Preston City Council meeting. One of Schweyen's responsibilities is to recommend speed limits in the eleven county ..... 
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Fountain's plant to be operable by mid December

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government



Dave Morrill of McGhie and Betts, Inc. dominated the November 5 Fountain City Council meeting with updates, change orders, and discussion of employee time necessary for the wastewater treatment plant operation. He acknowledged the wet Octobe ..... 
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Rushford responds strongly in election

Fri, Nov 6th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a highly debated election that included intense media attention and a first ever public candidate forum, the citizens of Rushford have spoken. With the mayoral position, as well as two four-year council terms and one two-year council term up for ..... 
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Despite economy, Fillmore County tourism remains healthy

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Many of our cities in Fillmore County rely on tourism or visitor dollars to help sustain shops, dining, lodging and other businesses. How has the recession played for those businesses? Have local people opted to stay close to home for vacations and ..... 
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County board yet to make decision on emergency communication options

Fri, Oct 30th, 2009
Posted in Government

Fillmore County commissioners continued to discuss the state's new 800 MHz system at the board's October 27 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase said fifty-two of the state's counties have decided to use the 800 MHz system so far.

The Federal Com ..... 
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