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Rushford rejects airport bid; approves hearings for sale of former community center


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The status of an airport project was discussed July 13 by the Rushford City Council. Pictured left to right, Mayor Chris Hallum, councilors Roger Colbenson and Mark Honsey, and City Administrator Steve Sarvi. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

Rushford Municipal Airport Commission has received and rejected a bid for an airport fuel tank replacement and upgrade project. The lone bid for the estimated $240,000 project came in 25% higher than engineer’s projections. According to City Administrator Steve Sarvi, additional issues with the bid included items left out and timeline.

Plans for the project called for a removal of the current 8,000 gallon above ground tank system and relocation of the system to include two 5,000-gallon tanks buried south of the airport office. This option allows the city to offer both low-lead aviation fuel and jet-A fuel, which is utilized by helicopters, including those operating out of the airport. It was noted at the March council meeting that the Airport Commission believes burying the tanks will create better sight lines at the airport, allow for future expansion of either the office or hangers, and eliminates the need for paving for above ground tanks.

The project had been bid in 2014, with the city attempting to seize an opportunity for federal and state funding. However, at that time, bids also came back exceeding engineers’ estimates and were rejected.

In May, the city snagged a beneficial bit of funding for the project through a transfer agreement with Springfield, Minn. for Federal Airport Entitlement Funds resulting in $83,334 for the airport’s ongoing projects. The current project is to be funded federally 90%, 10% by the state, and 10% by the city. “Our money isn’t lost”, assured Sarvi to the council.

The city will rebid the project in late winter 2015 or spring 2016. In the meantime, it will contract again with Rochester Petroleum to fix the fuel pump issue.

In other news, the city has accepted the recommendation of the Economic Development Authority (EDA) to proceed with the sale of 1108 Miller Circle, in the Himlie Business Park, to Win-Tech Electronics. A joint public hearing with the council and EDA, to consider granting a business subsidy, is slated for July 27 during the regular council meeting. According to documentation, the proposed subsidy is in the form of financing the sale of the former community center building and site using certain incentives, payment plans, and conditions of the sale. Terms include selling the property, which was unfinished, “as is”, with Win-Tech being responsible for property improvements. Win-Tech must also agree to, “set and strive .....
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Fillmore County recognizes community correction professionals

Sat, Jul 18th, 2015
Posted in All Government

In an unusually brief meeting of the Fillmore County Board on July14, the board passed a resolution proclaiming July 12 through July 18 Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week. Chairman Duane Bakke was absent. Alex Bunger, program manager ..... 
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Short summer meeting for Fountain council

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

The Fountain City Council made quick work of its agenda at the regularly scheduled meeting on July 2, 2015. All council members were present. Motion by Schott, seconded by Wangen, to approve the Consent Agenda items. Motion passed. Consent Agen ..... 
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Peterson school repurposing meeting set

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

All members of the Peterson City Council were in attendance at the regular meeting on July 8. After approval of agenda, prior minutes, and June Claims and Receipts, the council was addressed by Chuck Ehler and John Linder, representing the school di ..... 
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County to hire child protection worker with state funds

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in All Government

The hire of an additional Child Protection Worker was approved at the Fillmore County Board’s July 7 meeting. The legislature in 2015 appropriated over $23 million annually to the Department of Human Services to be allocated to county agencies for ..... 
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Ostrander discusses parking for events

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Ostrander Government

All members of the Ostrander City Council met in regular session on July 7. Following the approval of prior meeting minutes and payment of expenses, the council discussed parking for events such as Uff Da Days and ball games. Members reported that ..... 
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Mabel street and sewer project on track for completion

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Government

Curtis Marx from Davy Engineering updated the Mabel city council at their regular meeting on July 8, 2015. Marx reported that the project is on schedule and is expected to be finished by the substantial completion date of July 16. There will be som ..... 
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Preston approves street maintenance plan

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, outlined the 2015 plan for crack filling and seal coating numerous streets within the city at the July 6 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Two quotes had been submitted for the project. Bakken recommended the ..... 
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Government this week - 7.13.15

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 13, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. • Monday, July 13, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 13, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m • Monday, July 13, Chatfield City Council, C ..... 
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