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Rushford considers police contract options


Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Continuing with a proactive attitude, the Rushford City Council spent much of their regular council meeting June 25 discussing possible police service options to offer the City of Rushford Village (CRV). The former police contract expired on June 22; CRV Mayor Gordie Johnson acknowledged the situation officially with a letter.

Since there is currently no contract with the CRV, city attorney Terry Chiglo advised the council they could personally be held liable if they directed the Rushford Police to go into the CRV and something happened. Chiglo urged the council to clarify with a mutual aid agreement the instances in which the Rushford police would respond to situations when the county called; namely, when there was an emergency need and not just a convenience for the county. City administrator Windy Block stressed that the city needed to make it clear to the county that the Rushford Police Department was not an extension of the sheriff's department, but was willing to perform mutual aid. Chiglo also suggested the agreement should include a reimbursement schedule for the service and that the council should still discuss guidelines for responding to mutual aid requests. According to Chiglo, Rushford could not enter into a mutual aid agreement with CRV since CRV has no police department. He estimated such an agreement could be completed in a couple weeks.

Block explained two possible options a sub-committee of the council came up with last week. The first option would be to offer "primary police services" to all urbanized areas of CRV (heavier populated areas within three miles of Rushford) for the next year and a half. Calculated cost would be around $32,712 for the rest of 2007 and $65,423 for 2008; police protection would be the same as in Rushford. Block had estimated the number of citizens of CRV in the urban areas and prorated protection based on the current police budget per capita; he readily acknowledged the numbers might need to be adjusted.

The second option would be to offer police services at an hourly rate of $32.31 (calculations based on hours of coverage in Rushford and yearly budget numbers) with a minimum of eight hours a day.

After Mayor Les Ladewig polled each of the council members, the council decided to set up a meeting between city and CRV representatives to discuss the options. The council passed a motion to offer CRV an interim police contract not to exceed 45 days at $5,500 per month. .....
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County Board hires zoning attorney on retainer

Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Government

Norman Craig asked the county board at their June 26 meeting to approve the hiring of Scott Anderson, a land use attorney, on an hourly basis to answer zoning questions. Anderson is hired or put on retainer by other counties as a consultant on a con ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Walking trail proposed

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Government

Jeff Redalen and Julia Borgen, representing the Bluffside Trail group, approached the Lanesboro City Council with plans for a hiking and walking trail for the north side of the river in Lanesboro at the council meeting June 18. The trail would run f ..... 
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Preston council scales back sidewalk improvements

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council worked through its agenda with barely a quorum at its June 18 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and David Harrison were absent. Bill Cox, Public Works, told the council that a third quote had been received for the 2007 sidewalk imp ..... 
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Rushford takes positive approach with police issue

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council isn't sure exactly what to do in the stand-off over police protection with the City of Rushford Village, but the members agree that they wish to remain proactive and positive.

Mayor Les Ladewig advised ag ..... 
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Commissioners Report: New campus for Zumbro Valley Mental Health

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Patricia Carlson, Executive Director of Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center (ZVMHC), updated the Fillmore County Board at their June 12 meeting on the progress toward consolidating its programs onto one campus. The new campus is located at 343 Wood L ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council hears request for fire protection from York Township

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, June 12 the Harmony City Council opened with Harmony Fire Chief, Bill Hanlon reporting that York Township had approached the city fire department with a request to cover their area. Currently York Township receives fire protect ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council will request bids for solid waste contract

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
Posted in Government

At the June 11 council meeting, the Spring Valley City Council decided to update the Solid Waste Contract by putting it out on a "Request For Proposal" this fall. This will permit the City to advertise for other companies besides Waste Management to ..... 
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County Board passes resolution on Hwy 52

Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board passed a resolution in support of immediate reconstruction of the deteriorating Highway 52 Corridor from the I-90 Interchange to Fountain at their June 5 meeting. The resolution requests that MnDot move forward to "analyze ..... 
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