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Rushford selects city administrator candidate


Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Wednesday, March 23rd, six months after former administrator Windy Block handed in his resignation, the city council, with assistance from a special search team, has declared its candidate for the vacant administrator position. Steve Sarvi, of Watertown, Minnesota, has been nominated for the job, subject to an acceptable background check and pending an employment agreement.

The lengthy process, which began in late October of last year, was guided by a 12-person search team: city residents Brad Hoiness, Jim Kitchens, Don Paulson, Ruth Peterson, and Ashley Stinson; city department heads Susan Hart (Library Director) and Sam Stensgard (Chief of Police); Mayor Chris Hallum and Councilors Vern Bunke, Robert Dahl, Mark Honsey, and Ted Roberton. The dedicated team whittled 24 hopefuls to seven finalists by late January through a series of in-depth analysis, scoring, and interviews. A month later, only four candidates remained. The top two finishers, Sarvi and Joel Peck, current administrator of Crosby, Minnesota, were then brought in for two-hour personal interviews and tours of the city earlier this month.

"I like both of these candidates very much," stated Mayor Chris Hallum. The sentiment was echoed by nearly everyone at the table. While candidate Joel Peck may have wowed the team with his innovative thinking, genuine persona, and background in negotiations, grant writing, and tourism development, Sarvi was the "clear cut standout" for a majority.

He served as city administrator in Lanesboro, Victoria, and Watertown, as well as three mayoral terms in Watertown. Many felt this was a solid history of management and leadership experience. Having spent over 26 years in the U.S. military, including his current role as a trainer for the Army National Guard, Sarvi also brings the ability to take charge or take orders, as the situation dictates.

Likely the biggest issue that the team struggled with was the two differing management styles of the candidates. "What it boils down to," said Peterson, "is which one will work best for us?"

"One will lead from the front and one will lead from the back," added Kitchens. We need someone who can step in and hit the ground running."

"Keep in mind what you want now and what you want in the future," cautioned Stinson. Councilor Honsey echoed the sentiment offering the possibility that what one candidate can offer now may not be what the city needs long-term.

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Rushford selects city administrator candidate

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Wednesday, March 23rd, six months after former administrator Windy Block handed in his resignation, the city council, with assistance from a special search team, has declared its candidate for the vacant administrator position. Steve Sarvi, of Water ..... 
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Preston takes a step toward floodway and floodplain redevelopment

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

EDA Director Cathy Enerson explained the EDA recommendation to the Preston City Council at their March 21 meeting. The first phase of the plan is to do an environmental study on each of three properties identified for possible acquisition, including ..... 
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County approves technology upgrades

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

In this high tech age Fillmore County commissioners sometimes have to reluctantly swallow the cost necessary to keep up. Several departments brought forward their recommendations for upgrades in equipment at the board's March 22 meeting.

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CUP approved for Kuhn Manure System

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
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The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved the Conditional Use Permit for Marvin and Mary Kuhn to build a two stage manure handling system, stacking slab and liquid earthen storage at their dairy farm east of Newburg at the commission' ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The March 1, 2011, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admin ..... 
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Rushford proceeds with TIF district

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

The council received an updated review of the community center and motel projects by developer Tom Serie of F&L Development. According to Serie, Sentence to Serve workers have installed drywall on the ceiling and insulated the exterior walls. Interi ..... 
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Chatfield to apply for Emergency Response grant

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dan Jaquith, training officer for the Chatfield Fire Department, explained why it is in the best interest of the city to install a generator at the Thurber Building at the council's March 14 meeting. The council approved the application for a grant ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses historical renovations

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Government

Dave Huisenga of the Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) approached the Lanesboro City Council during their meeting on March 7. He presented an annual report with an overview of things accomplished during 2010. He also mentioned some ideas for 20 ..... 
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