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Rushford's Community Center denied FEMA funding


Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

This city has received a formal reply from FEMA in response to their request for documentation. According to FEMA, the city is being denied funding because work on the Community Center project was completed prior to FEMA approval and an environmental review should have been completed on the property.

The city had sought out proposals for the construction of the 400-seat center August 10th of 2009. By the November 9th, 2009, meeting following an election in which four of the five council members were to be replaced, the council approved an agreement with F& L Development, Inc. for the development and construction of the community center. The city's role and responsibility in the agreement included the proposed use of $593, 382 in FEMA reimbursement, funds which the city will now never see.

When questioned as to why the city had proceeded without waiting for FEMA approval, City Clerk Kathy Zacher said, "Last I heard, they had verbal approval."

"They made a decision, bypassing requirements. There's nothing we can do about it now," said Councilor Ted Roberton. "They soaked up $400,000 of our reserves. I think we all understand what the rush was. There's no point in beating it up," he added.

The city must decide whether to appeal the FEMA decision or to apply to use the funds, which were to be given for the replacement of the Tenborg Center lost in the 2007 flooding, as an Alternate Project. Should they opt to try to secure the latter, the funding will be capped at $534,043.80. Documentation to use these repair funds for an alternate project must be submitted prior to commencing of any work.

Zacher will place a direct call to FEMA to see what requirements to use going forward and just what qualifies as an alternative project. She suggested that one potential option for the funding is the ongoing library project. Mayor Chris Hallum suggested the funds be used for the recertification of levee. "It would be nice to be able to use FEMA funding for a FEMA mandate," noted Hallum. In either case, the city needs to be clear on all requirements.

Councilor Vern Bunke requested that legal counsel work with staff to put together a packet of rules and regulations to understand possibilities as the city moves forward. He also asked that counsel look into ethical violations to explain to citizens what did happen.

"What are we going to do if Serie [of F&L Development] doesn't get it together?" asked Roberton.

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Chatfield moves to create new light commercial zoning district

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

Kristi Clarke, consultant planner, explained the recommended addition of a new zoning district, B-3 (Light Commercial) at the Chatfield City Council's January 24 meeting. Mayor Don Hainlen was absent.

Clarke referred to the 2008 Comprehensiv ..... 
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Spring Valley hears report from Ambulance Director

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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The major piece of business for the Spring Valley City Council was approval to purchase a new truck. Mayor Struzyk said that there has been a need for a truck that is small enough to plow alleys and downtown. The criteria, according to Chad ..... 
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Community service officers report to commissioners

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
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Veteran Services Officer Nate Pike and Director of Nursing Lantha Stevens delivered an annual report to the county commissioners at their January 25 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase and Sheriff Daryl Jensen were absent as they were attending the seco ..... 
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Preston joins MnWARN

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
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Public Works Director Bill Cox detailed information about the formal emergency response program in the state. The council adopted a resolution to sign on to the mutual aid agreement at their January 18 meeting.

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Harmony continues discussion on buying local

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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There was much discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting regarding a purchasing policy for the city. After a visit from Kerry Kingsley last month regarding buying locally, the council approved a new policy that outlines what the council ..... 
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January Canton City Council

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on January 5, 2011, with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Jon Nordsving and Lolly Melander. One guest was also present: Barb Kerns. The fi ..... 
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Former Chatfield School Superintendent takes Mayor's Oath

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office to Mayor Don Hainlen at the Chatfield City Council's January 10 meeting. All other councilor's took the oath of office including new councilor Russ Smith who has served on the council in the past ..... 
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County revisits bridge concerns

Fri, Jan 14th, 2011
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After completing work on a relatively light agenda, county commissioners at their January 11 meeting again discussed the county's bridges. The discussion was sparked by an article in the Rochester Post Bulletin that appeared in their January 10 issu ..... 
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