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Rushford city administrator gets new contract


Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

In what some locals have dubbed a strange turn of events, City Administrator Windy Block's contract with the city was amended at a special meeting, Monday, December 21st. The new contract comes as a conclusion to a surprise proposal at the November 23rd meeting from out-going councilor, Jim Wolter.

At the earlier meeting, Wolter had asked for a resolution to enter into a new employment agreement between the city and Mr. Block. Citing three sections of the current contract: performance evaluation, termination, and termination severance pay, Wolter also asked that a selection of council members move into a discussion with city attorney, Scott Springer, to go over the materials. Mayor Les Ladewig and councilor Nancy Benson volunteered at the same meeting to assist Springer with reviewing the contract.

The last item of the December 21st agenda laid out the intention to close the public portion of the meeting to conduct a performance review of the administrator. Fifty minutes later, the council reconvened. According to the official minutes provided by City Clerk Kathy Zacher, the evaluation process was reviewed by Mayor Ladewig. All five council members had completed the review form. She documented the responses as, "Generally of a positive nature with some areas for improvement noted." There was no annual review of Block's contract in June of this year, as his original contract states.

According to documentation, attorney Jennifer Gumbel followed the review by laying out the contract terms, explaining that it provided protection against a worse-case scenario. By comparison of the original contract, signed December 12th, 1995, and the amended contract, there are three changes, not including deletion of non-relevant items such as original moving expenses.

The first change, listed on the contract in section II, item 4a, is in regards to the administrator's base salary. While it appears on paper to be a six percent increase in Mr. Block's ($71,110 for the remainder of 2009 and $75,535 in 2010), City Clerk Zacher explained that all city employees received a four percent salary increase at the start of 2009 and will receive another three percent at the start of 2010, per contracts dated in late 2008. She further noted that the administrator was due for a step increase per earlier written documents. According to those documents, the hourly wage rates and step movements, graded 1-11 continue every two years on the anniversary date of .....
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Rushford council votes to keep liquor store in operation

Thu, Dec 31st, 2009
Posted in Government

At the Monday, December 28th meeting, two outgoing councilors and the outgoing mayor helped to determine the fate of the city's much debated muncipal liquor store. A presentation by store manager Diane Jonsgaard and City Administrator Windy Block det ..... 
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Preston adopts final 2009 levy

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

No one from the general public took the opportunity to comment on the budget and the levy collectible in 2010 at the December 21 Preston City Council meeting.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman used pie charts to break down the city's expenses ..... 
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County advances toward ARMER communications

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

After months of study and discussion, the county board unanimously passed a resolution at their December 22 meeting to have a participation plan developed for the migration into the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) public safety co ..... 
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Peterson approves bid-letting for sewer plant

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Eidenschink on December 9, 2009. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Randy Benson, and Bill Grindland. Absent: Jan Smaby, Lolly Melander. Michelle Vreise and Wayne S ..... 
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Burr Oak extension resolved

Thu, Dec 24th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council, on December 21, held a closed meeting lasting about three quarters of an hour to discuss litigation resulting from the contract made with Winona Mechanical for the Burr Oak Extension. Following the closed meeting, the cou ..... 
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Predicted cost of levee system improvements $1.1 million

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a final report at the Monday, December 14th, meeting the Rushford City Council was presented with a detailed list of procedures, and a corresponding price tag, for addressing levee system recertification. The predicted cost in making the levee co ..... 
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Spring Valley budget approved

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

There were no members of the public present as the Spring Valley City Council went about their business on Monday night. The meeting was called to order by Mayor Struzyk at 6:01 p.m. The odd time of 6:01 as compared to starting the meeting at the us ..... 
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Wykoff discusses delinquent utility bills

Fri, Dec 18th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 9, 2009, 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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