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Rushford City Council Report: Business subsidy agreement approved


Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

Quietly, calmly, the business subsidy agreement between RiverBend Electronics and the city of Rushford was approved at the regular Rushford City Council meeting May 14, making RiverBend officially eligible for JOBZ benefits. After a public hearing was opened and closed with no public input, City Administrator Windy Block explained the JOBZ deal evaluator provided by DEED via the Internet that had been used to assess the deal. According to Block, the deal's final project rating was 450 out of a possible 550 points. The average hourly rate of pay for the jobs at the business will be $10 with RiverBend investing $750,000 in real property and $1,250,000 in personal property (equipment, etc.). RiverBend will be investing "well above what most businesses would put into (such a venture)." The community weighed the new added jobs for the community at 25 points, higher than the DEED default rating of 10, because the loss of jobs due to the TRW closing had impacted the city so much.

The RiverBend project was rated above the standard for having more than 50 percent of its sales outside of Minnesota (actually 75.7 percent) as well as for increasing the property tax base of the city (7.25 percent vs. the standard five percent) and for the large capital investment of $31,250 per worker vs. the standard $10,181.

Rodney Allen, RiverBend's special projects engineer, addressed the council, "We appreciate everything the community has done to welcome us." He continued to inform the council the fledgling company already had its first order and he planned to go to John Deere the following day to sell to them.

Roger Metz, speaking as an EDA member, enthused, "It's great for Rushford!"

Council member Nancy Benson added, "I think it's going to be a real plus for our community!"

Block, answering the question, "What are the benefits worth?" told the council it was "fair to say somewhere between a half a million and three-quarters of a million over the agreement's lifetime. He quickly added that the community would realize much more benefit from the agreement.

Mayor Les Ladewig extended thanks to Block and to the attorneys from both sides for the many hours they'd worked to bring the agreement to fruition.

Police and pool sharing costs

The police agreement with Rushford Village was dusted off and examined by the council. Signed in 2003, the contract stated that the Village would pay $1,000 a year for police officer .....
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Planning Commission gives okay on two permits

Fri, May 18th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, May 17, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission met to review two Conditional Use Permits (CUPs) and review zoning ordinances 7 - 9 with the public.

Big Springs Quarry

A representative from Knife River ..... 
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County board briefed on housing initiative

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Wayne Stenberg of the Bluff Country Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) and Hall Clapp of the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund Program (GMHF) briefed the Fillmore County Board on these programs at their May 8 meeting. The board agreed to g ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: The city readies for Keillor's visit

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Julie Kiehne, Dave Harrenstein, and Peggy Hanson visited the Lanesboro City Council meeting May 7 with some special requests for the upcoming Garrison Keillor visit in June. Kiehne asked that Highway 8 be closed to all traffic from 7:30 to 10 p.m. o ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Dobie Days gets liquor license pending insurance determination

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

On Tuesday, May 8, 2007, the council welcomed Corey Scrabeck, Dobie Days organizer, to the meeting to further discuss the festival's details prior to approving a liquor license. Scrabeck opened the discussion by explaining his follow-up to previous ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Finishing touches on Hwy 52 construction

Fri, May 11th, 2007
Posted in Government

Holly Zuck, secretary of the PACCA, explained to council members at their May 7 meeting her quest for a sign to direct Hwy 52 travelers to the Preston business district. She had detailed her findings in a "letter to the editor" in the April 30, Fill ..... 
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County moves ahead on airport building

Fri, May 4th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland led a discussion about the possibility of erecting a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) building at the Preston/Fillmore County Airport at the commissioners May 1 meeting. Commissioner Randy Dahl related that the Air ..... 
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Spring Valley awards bid on sewer project

Fri, Apr 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council was pleased in the bids received for the upcoming storm sewer/sanitary sewer project. The engineer's estimate for the project was $1,236,771.10 and the low bidder was Road Constructors, Inc. with a bid ..... 
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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 ..... 
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