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Street plans next step in Rushford motel project


Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Plans to develop 23-acres of land on Rushford's northern border with the Village moved another step forward at last Monday's August 25, 2008 City council meeting. Minus Laura Deering, council members Dahl, Johnson, Benson and Mayor Ladewig voted unanimously to authorize preparation of drawings and cost estimates in anticipation of fall-2008 bidding.

If all goes according to the accelerating plan, street, gutter and drainage structures will enable construction of $1.7-million 21-unit motel with garages, a $1-million 400-seat "banquet center" with parking for 133-vehicles, 8-City-owned public-housing units for additional $1-million, as well as re-relocation of the hardware store to an available lot with highway frontage. Infrastructure to develop the full package would cost the City an estimated $655,000 according to figures prepared by Administrator Block.

The total stated cost to the City, $2.65-million is a ballpark estimate. The council never discussed tax implications for Rushford property owners, nor how the City will manage public housing other than to issue Essential Function Bonds to pay for it.

The plan and many of its subtle terms is the brainchild of Tom Serie, front man for F&L Development. Serie does not intend to own the motel, the banquet center or the housing units, but he is eager to build them, and soon. Assuring council members that construction costs will be lower if the project is built over the coming winter than if it is postponed until next spring, Serie reminded the council, "The smartest thing I did when I started this is tell you, 90-days and I'm outta here. Don't want to threaten anybody, but the clock is ticking."

Pine Meadows addition developer Mike Sexhaur was also present. He promised the council he would dust off his old plans to build single-family homes in the Village adjacent to the proposed 23-acre site purchased last September at a cost of $30,400-per acre. Sexhaur's development has been on hold for a couple of years, in part because of access problems. With the construction of a new road to the proposed motel and public housing units, access to the Sexhaur property will be facilitated. Sexhaur told the council that he would "look at the numbers" and report back in 2-weeks. He also stated that he would consider the feasibility of constructing a 9-plex in Pine Meadows. Serie agreed that private and public sector housing development costs should be compared.

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Preston tennis court nears completion

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

Treasurer Chuck Aug of the Preston Area Community Foundation presented checks to the Preston City Council totaling over $70,000 at the city council's August 25 meeting be used for the city's tennis court project. He explained that $25,000 was an out ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses 2009 budget

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council started their night early on August 25, with an hour set aside for discussion of the proposed budget for 2009. The City Administrator handed out information regarding the expected expenditures and income from the vario ..... 
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Planning Commission okays two new meteorological towers in Harmony Township

Fri, Aug 29th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Planning Commission gave the go ahead to EcoEnergy to erect two more meteorological towers in Harmony Township at their Thursday, August 28 meeting. This would be the third and fourth meteorological towers the Illinois ..... 
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Lanesboro issues bonds for capital improvement projects

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

The city of Lanesboro has approved selling bonds to finance Capital Improvement Projects that will be done in the next year. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates, Inc. explained how the bonds will be paid off, and how it will affect the city's tax ..... 
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Airport to get Fixed Base Operator building

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An amendment was approved to reflect a corrected design for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building for the Fillmore County Airport at the county board's August 12 meeting. The low quote from Northland Builders, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, in th ..... 
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Developer plans motel for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Anyone with a minimum investment of $37,500 and the fortitude to take on huge debt can be a motel owner in Rushford, according to developer Tom Serie of F & L Management & Development.

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Harmony flooding problem linked to faulty manholes

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Harmony resident Louise Sikkink was at the August 12, 2008, City Council meeting to hear about what has been done to fix problems with the sewer system on the north end of town. Sikkink and others had sewers back-up into their homes during ..... 
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Spring Valley approves new generator for utilities

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action Monday night, August 11, 2008 to help finance a new generator for Public Utilities. There were two resolutions passed that pave the way for financing one million dollars as half of the total cost. One resol ..... 
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