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Ropes addresses Rushford city council


Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, August 23rd, council meeting began nearly 15 minutes late as council waited for the arrival of Mayor Chris Hallum and councilor Mark Honsey. City Administrator Windy Block was also notably absent. In familiar attendance was Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes.

Ropes began by reiterating her belief of a strong local and state partnership as Minnesota moves into one of the most difficult economic periods ever seen. While the previous projected deficit of $3 billion was resolved by the end of the last legislative session, legislators look to face a deficit nearly twice that size when sessions reconvene. "We're not immune here," added Ropes.

Mayor Hallum questioned whether the city's projected $647,000 in local government aid (LGA) is again in danger of cuts and unallotments. Ropes indicated the answer is unclear. There is further economic stress coming for the state and Minnesota is suffering a major cash flow shortage. With people spending far less than in previous years, tightening revenues, the state may look to borrow from school districts for cash flow in 2011.

"There's no crystal ball," said Ropes. "I wish I could provide you more answers. We're going into the largest deficit the state has seen. It's a historic problem and we need to listen to everyone's solutions."

The T-Hanger project at Rushford Municipal Airport continues to move forward. Matt Wagner, PE of Mead & Hunt, Inc. and Charla Miertschin of the Airport Commission were on hand to communicate a history and funding of the project.

The 6-unit facility has been on the Capital Improvement Program list for several years due to a lack of funding. The first two options, a loan from the state requiring 20 percent down with the remainder on loan and state funding with a 50 percent match were both rejected by the commission for the weight they would bear upon the city. The third viable option is made possible through FAA funding. The city will complete the work in two separate schedules.

Schedule one will consist of hanger construction, while Schedule two will consist of site work around the facility. The total cost of the project is $421,180. 95 percent ($400,943) of that cost will be designated to Schedule 1. The total project cost is 16.6 percent lower than the engineer's estimate of $504,923.

The city has awarded the project to Key Builders, Inc. of Rochester, but will proceed only on Schedule 1 this fall. They intend to move forward w .....
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More belt tightening: is this the most responsible path?

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board finished scrutinizing each individual department's proposed budget for 2011 at their August 17 meeting, and the wisdom of continuing to tighten the belt in lieu of equipment replacement was a concern. Commissioners seemed t ..... 
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Fillmore County enters into Pilot Project to treat chemical dependency

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The county board approved an agreement for Fillmore County's participation in the "State-County Chemical Health Care Home Pilot Project" at their August 10 meeting. The Region 10 southeast counties, including: Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Mowe ..... 
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Burr Oak sidewalk

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

Chatfield City Clerk Joel Young explained the school district is prepared to work with the city to make a sidewalk a reality along Burr Oak Avenue starting at the school's driveway. The city council agreed at their August 9 meeting to pay for one-th ..... 
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Harmony approves EDA loans

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed the progress of the third Street project at their regular meeting on August 10. They approved a payment to TLC Excavating for the work that has been completed so far. The first payment was for $43,048.

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Ostrander's curb repair

Fri, Aug 13th, 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; all council members were present.

Motion by Thompson, and seconded by Kunert and unanimously carried to accept the consent agenda.
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Rushford library project sees changes

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Monday, August 9th, meeting of the city council saw at least two frequently-debated issues moving forward. First up, Dan Munson, chairman of the Library Board, addressed the council with a status of efforts to raise funds for the construction of ..... 
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County DFL not surprised

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Government

It's that time of year again-the return of political advertisements, door-knocking and election season. Less than 1,800 eligible voters in Fillmore County turned out for the primary election held statewide on August 10. The Primary-in which voters s ..... 
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Lanesboro approves adding sales tax question to ballot

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Government

During the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 2, the council approved adding a sales tax question to the ballot during the general election. The question would be whether or not residents would approve having a one-half percent sales tax added ..... 
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