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JOBZ for RiverBend gets local approval


Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford City Council met on Monday, April 23, they heard reports from City Administrator Windy Block and City Attorney Terry Chiglo on the same day's Fillmore County EDA meeting. Block, Chiglo, and representatives from RiverBend had attended the EDA meeting to request its approval of the transfer of JOBZ designation to the TRW east building property. With the possibility of the JOBZ program going away at month's end, the city staff needed to move quickly to try to get the JOBZ designation moved from other acreage in the city to the property RiverBend is planning to lease from holding company PAFT.

The county apparently felt it should be involved in a business subsidy agreement; RiverBend's stance was that they would sign one agreement, and that would be with the city. RiverBend did not feel they should need to deal with the county as well. According to Chiglo, the business at hand was the movement of the JOBZ designation; no business subsidy agreement could be even considered until after that. After a lengthy discussion, the county EDA had recommended approval of the movement of the JOBZ designation.

Block commented that the current owner (TRW) should have been the one attending the EDA meeting to request the change rather than RiverBend. Block reiterated the proposed plans for RiverBend-forty jobs with twenty by this year's end and twenty more the next year, an $11.50 per hour minimum wage, and $1.25 million invested in building equipment by RiverBend.

Chiglo emphatically stated, "The business model for RiverBend would not support this without the JOBZ benefits." Without JOBZ designation for the property RiverBend would not become a reality in Rushford. Chiglo informed the council he had talked to Ace regarding the movement of JOBZ from their property in the industrial park. While the state had said this was a decision of the city and not Ace, Chiglo was planning on talking to the Ace board of directors out of consideration. Ace was not planning to take advantage of the JOBZ program.

Mayor Les Ladewig expressed his appreciation for the work Block, Chiglo, and Commissioner Randy Dahl had done at the EDA meeting.

Block told the council the city's twenty-three page business subsidy agreement would need to be at the state by Wednesday if Fillmore County agreed to the movement of the JOBZ designation on Tuesday. (The County did approve the movement on Tuesday, April 24, clearing the way for the .....
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Commissioners Report: Crime Victims Rights Week

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution declaring the week of April 22-28 to be Crime Victims Rights Week at their April 24 meeting. Sarah Monroe of Victim's Services noted that April was also Sexual Assault Awareness Month. ..... 
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Wind study approved in Greenleafton area

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, April 19, 2007 the Fillmore County Zoning Board met to review three conditional use permits (CUPs) and to discuss zoning ordinance revisions.

Eco Energy Wind Tower

The Zoning Board welcomed Paul Roeder of Eco En ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spring cleaning time

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

After opening and then closing the Board of Appeals and Equalization with absolutely no citizen comment, the Lanesboro City Council focused on cleaning up Lanesboro at their regular council meeting April 16. A citywide cleanup is planned for Earth D ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preston's financial situation improving

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

Lloyd Johnson, CPA, presented his report on the financial condition of Preston at the end of 2006 at the April 16 city council meeting. Johnson stated that the last four years showed a decrease in outstanding debt. He praised the city staff, Joe Hof ..... 
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Spring Valley Council Report: Taxpayers raise questions at board of review

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - There's an old saying that you should take it to city hall, and that was the case at the last city council meeting in Spring Valley.

The council held their board of review meeting where property owners in the city can appeal ..... 
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Rushford City Council: RiverBend Electronics takes over TRW

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government



RUSHFORD - RiverBend Electronics general manager Gregg Reick, using a PowerPoint presentation, introduced his company to the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting April 9. RiverBend is a new company affiliated with RiverSide Electro ..... 
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Sheriff's Office receives Safe & Sober award

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Sheriff Daryl Jensen informed the county board at their April 10 meeting that Fillmore County was the only county in Minnesota to receive a first place award in the 2006 Safe & Sober Challenge. The award is in recognition of improve ..... 
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Harmony approves plan for Jacobson addition

Fri, Apr 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Residents of Harmony turned out for the Public Hearing on the Jacobson Addition project last Tuesday evening. The hearing was held before the regular city council meeting. Brett Grabau from the engineering firm Bonestroo & Associates prese ..... 
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