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Developer plans motel for Rushford


Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Anyone with a minimum investment of $37,500 and the fortitude to take on huge debt can be a motel owner in Rushford, according to developer Tom Serie of F & L Management & Development.

As the developer, Serie does not wish to own the motel, and in his financial plan, $375,000 would have to be raised by a would-be owner. But Serie would help find financing for all but 10% of that-thus, the $37,500.

City Hall council chambers were packed on Monday, August 11, with interested citizens who learned that the motel issue would be on the council meeting agenda. The EDA was requesting that the council give the go-ahead to Serie to begin plans to develop one of his Guardian Inn motels in the Himlie Business Park in north Rushford; in addition to the motel, Serie would like to pursue the idea of developing a new 400-seat community/banquet center (to replace the Tenborg), and to build 2-fourplex rental housing units, all in the same area.

Some of the citizens present appeared skittish about moving too fast on the idea, while others insisted this project has been over twenty years in the making, and that the city is fortunate to have finally found a willing motel developer.

During the public comment period, Jim Kitchens, owner of Nordic Lanes and The Creamery, raised questions about the proposed development.

"Why hurry?" Kitchens asked while reading from a prepared statement.

He acknowledged that the community needs a motel, and sure a steakhouse "would be nice" (Serie has stated that a bar/steakhouse would be an asset to the motel property, but it is not part of his proposal at this time.), but Kitchens questions whether the city needs another banquet facility and bar.

Kitchens said he's been facilitating wedding receptions for about eight years and estimates that only about once a year does he have a request for a party of over 300 guests.

Kitchens also questioned Serie's proposal for motel rooms with attached garages. "Has any of us ever stayed in a motel with garages?"

But Serie countered later in the meeting that. "We will out-do all other motels in the area with our garage concept."

The proposed motel would have 21 rooms, 16 of which would have an attached garage, a concept that Serie says has been successful for the eight years he's run his Guardian Motel in Windom, Minnesota. Another Guardian Inn utilizing the garage concept is currently being constructed in Le Center, .....
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Harmony flooding problem linked to faulty manholes

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Harmony resident Louise Sikkink was at the August 12, 2008, City Council meeting to hear about what has been done to fix problems with the sewer system on the north end of town. Sikkink and others had sewers back-up into their homes during ..... 
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Spring Valley approves new generator for utilities

Fri, Aug 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council took action Monday night, August 11, 2008 to help finance a new generator for Public Utilities. There were two resolutions passed that pave the way for financing one million dollars as half of the total cost. One resol ..... 
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Spring Valley sells lots at industrial park

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in special session on Friday afternoon. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the recent negotiations the City has had with property owners at the Industrial Park.

Within the last week Larry Kappers ha ..... 
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POET Biorefining TIF decertified

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
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PRESTON - The Preston City Council approved a resolution decertifying the ethanol plant Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) at their August 4 meeting.  City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the TIF was to run out on December 31, 2007 ..... 
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County Board struggles to trim budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Board members slogged through proposed budgets from several departments in a long day at their Tuesday, August 5, meeting. The board is faced with cutting and trimming a hundred here and several thousand there in order to s ..... 
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Spring Valley council negotiating sale of annexed lots

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLELY - Within days after the city of Spring Valley annexed the property on the west side of the city known as the Kasten Farm, city officials were negotiating the sale of three lots to a local storage/manufacturing company.

Mayor ..... 
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Rushford Council meets with auditors

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The July 28 meeting of the Rushford City Council was eerily close to "business as usual" for this group that has been accustomed to dramatic, often difficult decisions over the past year.

Thomas Wente from Smith, Schafer and Assoc ..... 
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Harmony refinances Heritage Grove bonds

Fri, Aug 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates was at the Harmony City Council meeting on July 29 to discuss some options the city has regarding refinancing for Heritage Grove.

In 2001, the EDA (Economic Development Authority) issued bonds ..... 
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