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Rushford purchases 23.5 acres for $699,000


Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Optimistic about the future of Rushford, the city council purchased 23.5 acres of land currently zoned industrial from Wallace Himlie at the August 13 council meeting. Recognizing the land as one of the few remaining undeveloped "chunks" of land in the city, the city agreed to a contract for deed, buying the acreage for $699,000 with the payments of $50,000 in September 2007 and January 1, 2008. After that $42,500 will be paid each January for the next 25 years (at 5 percent interest).

The purchase had been unanimously recommended by the EDA. Gordie Hatleli, EDA's chair and longtime city clerk/administrator, urged the purchase as he related the history of the "up spin" created in the downtown area in the '70s, "Now we should be moving ahead and take a little gamble." Calling it "choice property for the city," Hatleli suggested offering the property to Tri-County Electric in a bid to keep them in the city. Other possibilities for the land include a motel/community center, a manufacturing plant possibly for a company such as PlastiComp, road access to the proposed Sexhauer White Pines Housing, or even a new housing subdivision for the city itself.

The land may have a low spot where water has collected in wet years; however, PWD Jeff Copley commented the area could be opened and drained or filled in. Copley informed the council that the land had been considered and the storm water runoff accommodated in recent city sewer engineering. While a gas line passes through the land, a street could be laid out over it.

Council member Nancy Benson declared the purchase an opportunity to be proactive and progressive. While Council member Larry Johnson voted in favor of the purchase, he questioned whether the budget could cover the purchase, asserting that he did not want taxes raised.

City Administrator Windy Block responded he was confident the city could make the first two payments and urged, "Now is the time to get busy and make something happen." He reminded the council that Himlie had lowered the interest rate by a complete percent.

With the recent purchase of the old TRW west building by PAFT, LLC enabling the return of JMW to Rushford, and fueling the council's optimism, the council was ready and willing not only to help PAFT find another business to rent their extra space (15-20,000 feet), but also to purchase the nearby Himlie land for further industrial development by others.

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Harmony looks into well problems

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - The City of Harmony has been dealing with some well problems lately, according to city employee Chris Johnson. Johnson brought City Council members up to date at the council meeting last Tuesday evening.

The well near the water to ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Consultant to work on emergency plan

Fri, Aug 17th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board, in a drawn out meeting mostly dedicated to pruning preliminary budgets, approved the hiring of a consultant to help complete an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) at their August 14 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran S ..... 
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Fillmore County goes forward on County Based Purchasing

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Charity Floan, StedFast Health Plan, addressed the county board at their Tuesday, August 7 meeting, to better inform them about County Based Purchasing (CBP) and the potential obligations of the county. Olmsted County pursued the developme ..... 
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Preston considers State Building Code

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members had an opportunity to learn more about the advantages or disadvantages of adopting the State Building Code at their August 6 meeting. Jay Kruger of Construction Management Services of Rochester briefed the coun ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Environmental issues spotlighted

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

Ironically, the strong essence of gym floor sealer pervaded and polluted the council chamber's air supply as the Lanesboro City council spent much of its Monday, August 6 meeting dealing with other possible pollution issues.

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Spring Valley City Council Council authorizes study of Hudson Avenue project

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - After a tour of the Spring Valley Library, the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Streets and Ambulance Station, the City Council took action on a couple of items at their July 23 meeting.

First of all, the Hudson Avenue Project ha ..... 
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Rushford's $1.5 million water treatment plant moves forward

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Bill Chang of BDM Consulting Engineers, using a PowerPoint presentation, reported to the Rushford City Council at the July 23 meeting, on the water treatment plant design and financing status. The water treatment plant will be attached to ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves new ID system

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Three department heads lobbied the county board asking them to invest in new equipment for printing more secure ID cards for county employees at their July 24 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran Services/Emergency Management, explained the adv ..... 
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