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Rushford City Council Report: Library and city hall will move to new location


Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford Public Library eventually moves to a new location, the city hall will move with it, the city council voted unanimously at the regular council meeting on December 10.

City Hall and the library are currently together in the Tew building across from the school, where it is obvious the library has outgrown its space. Discussions about a new library have been taking place for the past few years, with fundraising options being seriously investigated.

Tentatively, the new library will be located about a block north of the main downtown intersection, where the city has already acquired some property. City staff presented an informal feasibility analysis to the council Monday. The analysis looked at cost/benefits in the areas of social, technical, administrative, political, legal, economic and environmental and concludes that the benefits to having both city hall and the library move together to a new location had the most benefits.

The council approved unanimously the results of the analysis.

Business Flood Loans

Three more Rushford businesses damaged by the flood had their loans approved by the council. Subway, Litscher Meat Processing, and Darr Auctions & Realty all had loans approved for less than the amounts they had earlier estimated they would need for recovery.

In addition to these three, two other businesses brought applications to the EDA, but the applications were sent back to answer questions from the EDA. Loans approved first by the EDA are then brought to the city council for final approval.

All loans are part of the state disaster recovery funds and are 75% forgivable and 25% low interest.

With this batch of loans, consultant Chuck Pettipiece also provided information about the number of jobs each business will support. All three businesses will retain the same number of employees as before the flood, with both Litscher and Subway actually adding new positions for an overall increase.

Performance Review

The council's previous meeting concluded with a closed session to discuss the performance review of City Administrator Windy Block. Results of that review were released in the minutes from that meeting: "The evaluations provided a consensus that council members and department heads have determined that Mr. Block has performed above expectations. Council members noted particularly the exceptional performance during the recent flood disaster....Mo .....
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Final levy certified

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Spring Valley City Council concluded their business in about fifteen minutes at their December 10 meeting. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated that $30,000 was cut from the preliminary levy approved in September making $876,170 the ..... 
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Preston goes with known quantity over local accounting firm

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members approved the hiring of Smith Schafer & Associates, Rochester, to prepare this year's audit at the December 4 council meeting. Lloyd Johnson, Spring Valley, whose firm has been preparing the city's audits for se ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at budget cuts for 2008

Fri, Dec 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Before the regular City Council meeting on December 3, residents of Lanesboro were invited to a Public Hearing to discuss the budget or levy items for 2008. There were no citizens at the meeting to ask any questions. City Administrator B ..... 
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Rushford council approves loans for six businesses

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - So far, distributing the state flood relief money to damaged Rushford businesses is proving to be as challenging as securing the funds in the first place.

At its regular meeting last Monday, November 26, the Rushford city council ..... 
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Spring Valley Council reviews 2008 levy

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council met on Monday, Nov. 26 and discussed the proposed 2008 budget and tax levy. City Administrator Deb Zimmer presented the preliminary figures to council members and pointed out areas where the budget will ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Commissioners grapple with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A variety of Conditional Use Permit (CUP) requests were each approved by the board after thorough discussions at their November 27 meeting. Darin Funk of Spring Valley listed several concerns he and his wife Tori have about a plan to open ..... 
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Rushford will rebuild liquor store in same location

Fri, Nov 30th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - In the aftermath of August's flood, the city of Rushford has had to make many decisions quickly that will impact the residents for years to come. Last Thursday, the city council took up the issue of what to do with public properties damag ..... 
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Lanesboro Council to review street sweeper quotes

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro looked at the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper at the regular meeting on November 19. City employee Andy Drake presented the council with quotes from Mac Queen Equipment in St. Paul for two different s ..... 
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