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Rushford flood loan requests exceed funds


Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

There's not enough money left in the flood recovery bucket to meet all outstanding requests; that was what the Rushford city council learned at its June 9 regular meeting.

The news came after Mayor Ladewig acknowledged the city's concern and empathy with residents in other parts of Fillmore County experiencing the effects of recent flooding.

Rushford's flood recovery loan application deadline had been the previous Friday, June 6, and nearly twenty previously unsubmitted requests came in. Loans already approved are a "done deal," but now the council will be faced with having to somehow prioritize this final group of loans, if all are approved by the loan committee and EDA; the two groups have set a precedent of usually approving all loans that have paperwork in order, and then passing them onto the council for final approval.

A philosophy supported by council member Laura Deering of allowing equal opportunity for every flood damaged business to meet the June 6 deadline has frequently clashed with an "early bird gets the worm" philosophy endorsed by city manager Windy Block and, generally, the rest of the city council.

The previous two weeks had produced a "flurry of activity" (among loan applicants), resulting in the fund "projected to be close to $500,000 in the hole!", according to Block's weekly newsletter.

Block did admit early in the meeting that apparently his "math was a little off" when, in the previous meeting he, in his words, "spouted off" a prediction that the city would, in the end, be giving back approximately a half million to the state. If all loans currently in play are approved, this prediction would be about a million dollars off, which doesn't likely trouble Block since his stated belief has been that it's far better to spend all the recovery money than it is to send any back.

Deering, who has consistently warned the council against exactly the predicament in which it now finds itself, didn't appear to feel any joy in being "right". When councilman Larry Johnson asked Block, "So, now we're approving things in the negative (fund balance)?", Deering turned to him and said quietly, "Yes, we are."

Eight loans came before the council at this meeting, many of them "added needs" loans for businesses previously approved, but two were brand new.

One of those loan requests, although small, was unusual and received a lot of discussion. RINTek (Rushford Institute for Nanotechnology), .....
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Harmony Council deals with flooding problems

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

Recent storms in the area and water problems throughout the town made for a lot of discussion at the Harmony City Council meeting on June 10. City employee Chris Johnson explained what happened with the excess water flowing through the wastewater tr ..... 
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Spring Valley Council revisits Junk Ordinance

Fri, Jun 13th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday night, June 9, and devoted the majority of time to discussing the Junk Ordinance, which requires homeowners to clean up junk on their properties. This normally consists of tires, unlicensed vehicles, long ..... 
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Lanesboro Council turns down loan relief request for St. Manes

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

Ted St. Mane and his brothers Chuck and Jeff approached the Lanesboro City Council on June 2 to ask for relief in relation to loans administered by the city. The buildings that they owned were completely destroyed in the arson fire in 2002, and they ..... 
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Preston Council updates designated funds

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met for a very short meeting on June 2.  Councilmen Robert Sauer and Jon Haugan were absent.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that following the audit the city staff reviewed the funds and suggested some c ..... 
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State legislation has negative affect on Fillmore County

Fri, Jun 6th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Social Service Director Thomas Boyd reviewed the concerns the recent legislative session raised for Fillmore County at the June 3 county board meeting. He noted a reduction in grants by 1.8%.

The county receives about $822,000 in ..... 
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Harmony City Council gets creative in financing community center projects

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The Harmony City Council discussed a few more options for financing the community center and parking lots projects that are coming up this summer at the May 27th meeting. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was there to explain the optio ..... 
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Rushford Council works toward June 6 flood loan deadline

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

The final date for approving business flood recovery loans, June 23, is fast approaching, and, as the final stop on the loan approval train, the Rushford city council is feeling the pressure of the looming deadline.

And since the actual rep ..... 
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Pawlenty veto puts county health plan at risk

Fri, May 30th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Chuck Amunrud, Fillmore County's commissioner who sits on the Joint Powers Board, requested the opinion of the other commissioners at their May 27 meeting. Five counties including Olmsted, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, and Winona ..... 
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