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Rushford and Rushford Village hold joint city meeting


Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

Several issues have plagued the relationship between Rushford and the city of Rushford Village for some time. With staff, engineers, and lawyers present, the two cities recently held a combined meeting to attempt to move towards resolution of at least four items.

The most pressing issue remains the possibility of a water purchase from Rushford by the Village. Fighting an elevated radium issue, the village is under state demands to come up with a feasible solution. One option is for the Village to construct a water treatment facility. Looking to avoid high costs, the Village is also considering the purchase of approximately 5.7 million gallons of water from the city. This second option may be completed by either a full water purchase or a partial metered purchase that would allow for water blending, lowering the radium ratio to a suitable level. In that instance, a pump would be required at the Village well to guarantee an accurate split flow.

Engineers from both cities are seeking to determine specifics. One of these is capacity. It appears that there are no issues with pressure and that the systems of both cities are compatible. Still, a full feasibility study will need to be completed prior to any agreement between the entities.

In the meantime, the bottom line for both sides comes down to cost. The city plans to charge the Village as a commercial customer, but that hasn't been an easy number to determine with city engineers needing to verify operating system and annual core costs.

Hoping for a solution cost-advantageous to all involved parties, Village Mayor Gordon Johnson noted, "We're not looking to the city for a handout. If this isn't a positive thing, we know the next step."

In the meantime, both councils agreed to allow direct dialogue between engineering firms working for the cities. The city of Rushford intends to have a work session regarding the application of figures brought forth by engineers following its next council meeting.

A second topic, the detachment of resident Sam Stensgard from the village to the city, was also thoroughly discussed at the meeting. Something a community would like to avoid, Village Councilor Dale Schwanke noted that there are three issues at hand. The first is the setting of precedence with a decision. More important are the specifics regarding the private drive leading to Stensgard's residence and two others, as well as the loss of tax revenue to the Village. The re .....
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Rushford Council discusses costs

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

In a fairly cut and dry meeting, the council met Monday, April 12th, and combed through areas of city functions which they are hoping to fine tune financially. First up on the agenda was the topic of the municipal liquor store. It has been an item o ..... 
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Lanesboro's new construction

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

There was a Board of Equalization hearing before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 12. County Assessor Ron Vikre was present to answer any questions or concerns people had about their property values.

Vikre explained they we ..... 
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Spring Valley's board of review

Fri, Apr 16th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night and opened the Board of Review at 5:30. The Board of Review gives property owners an opportunity to appear and voice their pleasure/displeasure with their property evaluations. As usual, the crowd w ..... 
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County fears another cost shift

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Once again Fillmore County Commissioners expressed concern over rumored legislative cost shifts which would put added pressure on county property taxes. Tom Boyd, Community Services, at the board's April 6 meeting explained that if the cost shift pa ..... 
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Rushford Village entertains questions on prospective campground

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

The March 23, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney Thomas Ma ..... 
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Ropes visits Fountain council

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Present: Mayor, Richard Kujath, Council Persons: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby and Chad Wangen. Clerk: Stan Speer, Asst. Clerk: Sharon Speer. Police Chief: Tom Mosher. City Maintenance: Herman Freese. City Contracted Engineer: Dave Morril ..... 
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Preston approves lease for temporary National Trout Learning Center

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

At the April 5 Preston City Council meeting an EDA request to sign a two-year lease agreement for the old Buying Time building at 120 St. Anthony Street was approved. The building will provide a temporary site for the National Trout Learning Center. ..... 
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National County Government month

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Government

Karen Brown, Fillmore County Coordinator, announces that Fillmore County will participate in activities to promote April as National County Government Month. The theme this year is "Healthy Counties." There will be a series of articles related to He ..... 
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