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R-P forming facilities task force


Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Gary Benson and Pat Overom of ICS Consulting, Inc. were present at the Monday, November 22nd, meeting to discuss the development of the Facilities Task Force. ICS was contracted with in October of this year to help the district make positive strides in its New School Initiative after survey findings throughout the district showed a favorable response for the project. In that initiative, the district will actively pursue state funding for an estimated $29 million, K-12 facility. The district will be seeking 75 percent state funding with 25 percent ($7.25 million) being funded locally. ICS has completed several successful bond referendums for various districts throughout the state.

The recruitment and formation of a Facilities Task Force is a major component of Phase One (of four) in the initiative. At the meeting, there was a lengthy discussion regarding the contents of a letter to interested task force members. Also, yet to be completed in Phase One, is the discussion and approval of goals and objectives. A facility observation and documentation of both the elementary/high school in Rushford and the middle school in Peterson has already been completed.

Phase Two, consisting of six task force meetings for the review of educational standards and needs, as well as the development and prioritization of options, will begin in January. It is expected to be finalized by March of 2011.

The district is taking steps to promote both local activities for families and youth, as well as those for visitors to the community. They have approved the placing of an ice skating and hockey rink on school property directly west of the ballfields at Creekside Park for the 2010-2011 season. With contributions and volunteer efforts to construct and maintain the rink, the district will be picking up the cost of $400 in liability insurance to make it happen.

Beth Theede, Community Education director, is busily setting up potential skating and hockey classes and lessons. Any proceeds of these activities would go towards covering the district's insurance cost.

The district will also be allowing the use of a portion of the concession stand, already near the site, to serve as a warming house. Concessions will be offered on Saturdays and a skate exchange is also planned.

All funding for the rink's construction and maintenance will be routed through the Rushford Chamber of Commerce, and City Public Works Director Jeff Copley has arranged for .....
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Rushford waits for feasibility study

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

A report from Otomo Engineering was presented to the council at the Monday, November 22nd ,council meeting. Reviewing the summary of reports regarding FEMA for street and underground utility improvements resulting from the flood of 2007, the report ..... 
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Spring Valley company seeks EDA Loan

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

For the next couple of weeks the Spring Valley City Council will be studying a proposal from the A&F Consulting Group, Inc., seeking a $50,000.00 loan to expand their business of snow removal and landscaping. The group is in the process of purchasin ..... 
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Peterson City Council reviews proposed 2011 budget, employee insurance cuts

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on November 4, 2010. Chuck Eidenschink, Jan Smaby, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson and Lolly Melander were present, along with three guests. Mayor Eidenschink called the meeting to order ..... 
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Governor recount requires added staff time

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter requested additional part-time employee hours at the November 9 meeting to deal with the expected automatic recount in the Minnesota governor election. The recount will be automatic due to the closeness of the electio ..... 
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Rushford gains footing in FEMA funding

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The issue of a large sum of FEMA funding that is owed to the city following the flood of 2007 was again discussed in length at the Monday, November 8th, city council meeting. While the city has found it frustrating to deal with an ever-changing FEMA ..... 
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Harmony City Council discusses need for travel policy for city employees

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Harmony City Council meeting on November 9. The meeting was for the residents affected by the Third Street Project to discuss the final assessment amounts.

The total cost of the project was $297, ..... 
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Preston sets 60 hour minimum for ambulance crew

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Ambulance Director Ryan Throckmorton requested the Preston City Council approve a required 60 hour minimum for the volunteer ambulance crew at the council's November 15 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the requirement will be in the new ..... 
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Is someone burning tires in Wykoff?

Sat, Nov 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 11, 2010, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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