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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 report is due to the state on June 23, that means the final deadline for applications is set at June 6.

There are two ways of looking at the current situation: on paper, the loans distributed to date and projections for future loans appear to be a higher number than dollars available. The infamous "spreadsheet" of loans and projections shows a deficit of $209,714 from the original $17 million. So if that is the case, why would the loan committee, EDA, and council continue to approve new loans and additions to previous loans?

That's how it looks on paper.

By reading between the lines and knowing the procedure and participants well, as city administrator Windy Block says he does, one can be assured that in fact, the city will probably end up with a surplus of funds to return to the state.

Some of the funds allocated have been for business relocation costs, which are not likely to be covered by the state unless there's a surplus. So those numbers can be removed from the projections if need be.

There is also a small group of businesses included in the projection who, for whatever reasons, have not actively sought flood recovery funding, but their projected need is still included in the spreadsheet.

The problem with going by "what's on paper" is that it could mean flood damaged businesses applying for "round 2" funding, or those applying for additional loan money to improve existing businesses might be delayed during the wait for businesses who still might apply. What if those businesses don't end up applying after all? Then nobody gets the funding, including those who truly needed and correctly applied for it.

The problem with not going by "what's on paper" and instead relying on the best instincts of insiders familiar with the process is that-well, you're relying on instinct and ignoring what's in front of you in black and white.

For the most part, the council opted for instincts and optimism, approving 15 loans and additions to loans.

Laura Deering expressed her discomfort with going against what she saw "in black and white" in front of her (the projected deficit on the spreadsheet), and consistently voted opposed to any loans or additions that .....
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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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Preston moves forward with 2008 street improvements

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlick and Associates, the city's consulting engineers, detailed the plans and estimates for the 2008 street improvements at the council's May 19 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Grabau noted that ..... 
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Lanesboro Council holds public hearings on capital improvement projects

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council held two public hearings before their regular meeting on May 19. The first one was for the Capital Improvements that will be done to the Community Center. Elizabeth Blakesley, who works with Mike Bubany at David Drown Asso ..... 
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Map omission stirs controversy

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - City of Rushford Village council members made clear their disappointment with the new county map and its failure to recognize the City of Rushford Village as a city at the county board's May 13 meeting. Commissioner Marc Prestby was absent ..... 
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Rushford Council sells business lot

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - A decisive step was made in Rushford Hardware's proposed move to north of town when the Rushford City Council voted, albeit reluctantly, to sell owner Greg Norstad's Lot #10 in the Rush Creek Business Park.

Norstad's store in the ..... 
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Harmony Council discusses antique mall and other projects

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Plans will soon be underway for a new antique mall in Harmony's Industrial Park. Terry and Jean Ingvalson of Mabel will be putting up a new building which will house multiple antique vendors. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates attended the City C ..... 
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Budget limits Spring Valley rec improvements

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Parks Director John Fenske reported bids for replacing the blacktop surface of the tennis courts to the Spring Valley City Council members at their May 12 meeting. The surface replacement would cost about $36,960 for asphalt and about $38,586 for co ..... 
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Weight limits enforced on County Roads

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland fielded questions from board members at the May 6 meeting. A citizen called in Friday, May 2, to report an abuse of weight restrictions on a county gravel road. The county sheriff was notified and a deputy w ..... 
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