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Rushford waiting on FEMA funding


Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the Monday, September 27th council meeting may have been shorter than usual, there was certainly no lack of pressing topics.

Persistent FEMA issues continue to plague the forward-minded city. Out-going administrator Windy Block notified the council that alternative options may need to be considered in order to collect on the substantial amount of funds owed to the city. "We're the old news," said Block, referencing the areas northwest of the city that were recently declared disaster zones as a result of torrential rains and subsequent flooding. "The timing is terrible."

The city has been notified that FEMA does not intend to provide any funding for the much-needed 'headworks' portion of the waste water treatment plant damaged in the 2007 flood. However, assistance will be given to road and utility construction. Block indicated that FEMA felt a large responsibility to the city, but no straight answer had been given in terms of when funding will arrive and in what amount. Additionally frustrating, according to Block, is the turnover of staff within the FEMA office. "The faces and names keep changing. They're on to a new disaster and we become an afterthought. These people don't even know where Rushford is."

Options will also need to be weighed on the still unfinished community center. With roughly $593,000 in funds tied to the center, there has been some indication from FEMA that unanticipated concerns have arisen, such as environmental issues including the possibility of Indian artifacts at the site (none were found during excavation). As unlikely as it may sound, Block believes the city may need to apply for an alternate project in order to redirect the funding and get some value out of what was owed to the city.

"There's a thousand rules they can quote and they will find one to getcha. They have it in power to be what they want to be," acknowledged Block.

According to Block there are eight to nine projects totaling approximately $2 million that require FEMA funding. Staff hopes to connect with FEMA on Monday, to determine any new developments.

The Levee Re-certification project is moving forward, albeit slower than some may like. "Things never go easy, do they?" quipped Block.

Referencing an August 18th, 2010, letter, it appeared unclear whether the URS Corporation considered their portion of the re-certification effort complete and if they wanted to be involved any further. However, Block de .....
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Chatfield gets water quality award

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

Superintendent of City Services Tony Lammers presented a Water Fluoridation Quality Award for 2009 at the September 27 meeting. The Minnesota Department of Health named the city deserving of the award from the U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention ..... 
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Industrial Park still a concern for Spring Valley

Fri, Oct 1st, 2010
Posted in Government



The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on Monday night and dealt with a couple of issues. City Administrator Deb Zimmer had received a request from Brian and Jennifer Niemeyer of 800 S. Washington Ave. requesting the council v ..... 
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Promotion to police sergeant for Preston

Mon, Sep 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz recommended the city council create a police sergeant position at their September 17 meeting. He explained it would be valuable to have someone with the authority to act in a supervisory role when he is not available or on ..... 
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Rushford administrator resigns

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city council called an emergency meeting Saturday, September 18th, at 9:00 am, in regards to the resignation of City Administrator Windy Block and in order to create a transition plan. Block resigned Friday, the 17th, but his resignation will no ..... 
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Lanesboro holds special meeting for bid approval

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Government

A special meeting of the Lanesboro City Council was called for September 21, in order to approve a couple of important items.

First, the council looked over the bids received for the Community Center project. They approved the low bid from ..... 
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Whalan street repairs are done

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Government



The regular September meeting of the Whalan City Council met with the following present: Mayor Larry Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Everett Johnson and Lolly Melander. David Rahn and Johnny Halverson were absent.

Sheila Craig and Phil Sc ..... 
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Ostrander seeks bid to protect Community Center from termites

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Government

The monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Linda Schwenn; Council Members, Pam Kunert, Frances Ruehmann, and Merlin Christenson were absent.

Visitors: Arlene Bestor, Terry Stackhouse

M ..... 
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City of Rushford Village minutes

Mon, Sep 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The August 17, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke. Absent: Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: Z ..... 
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