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Rushford looking at budget limits; future development


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In September, the Rushford City Council will need to certify the maximum levy to the county and city staff is wasting no time working out the limitations and goals of the 2015 budget. For four years, the city has seen a 0 percent increase in the levy, currently $740,000. The council has been largely split in recent years over the issue with some stressing the city hold the line and cut spending, while others caution a narrow margin instead leaning towards having a cushion and the ability to bolster the general fund balance.

Adding to the general fund has been a suggestion of past audits and City Administrator Steve Sarvi questioned the council on whether they intend to aim for no increase or if they’d prefer a 1.3 percent increase, bringing the levy to $750,000. The additional funds would be earmarked for the general fund.

“I’ll continue to tell you that every year that goes by, there’s not enough money,” noted Sarvi referencing city projects such as street maintenance. Several of city streets are in need of improvement, having had just minimal upkeep and a healthy general fund balance would allow for funds to be in place for such projects.

Councilor Roger Colbenson cautioned the city debt level, but was quickly refuted. “If former councils would have put money aside, we wouldn’t be in debt right now. Well, 20 years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘Why didn’t they put money aside?’ I’m as proud as you are to hold a zero line, but we can’t stay there forever,” stated Honsey. He went on to note that small incremental increases have less dramatic impact on a community that several years of no increase followed by a large increase of 4 percent or more.

The council will discuss the budget more at the next council meeting before certifying the maximum levy. From that point, the budget may still be reduced, but cannot be increased.

The city has approved a cost-sharing with the Rushford-Peterson School District for services to be provided by Kane & Johnson Architects, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $5,000. The purpose of the consultation is to provide options for the current school facility in Rushford should the $38 million referendum pass this November.

“We walked through some things that give us some options for how the site could be redeveloped,” noted Sarvi referencing a meeting with the architectural firm. “We need to be caref .....
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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code editio ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

In the article titled “Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school” that appeared in the August 18 edition of the Fillmore County Journal, it was stated that the assessment rate for road, curb and gutter would be $654 per lin ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

•Monday, August 25, Chatfield City Council meeting, 7 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, August 25, City of Rushford City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m., City Hall. •Monday, August 25, Spring Valley City Council meeting, 6 p.m., City Hall. •Tuesday, Au ..... 
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Preston 2015 budget discussed

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their August 20 meeting discussed options the city has to limit the levy increase in 2015. Councilman David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman introduced the discussion draft for the 2015 budget which re ..... 
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Rushford Village reviews project, staffing options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Getting the Tuff Lane Project underway may finally be drawing near for Rushford Village. Deemed deficient by the county, the city is mandated to remedy the lane bridge, which currently has insufficient tonnage limits. In June project engineer Brian ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better ..... 
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Mabel City Council approves three change orders

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on August 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Kaye Bernard from Tri-County Electric was present at the meeting to answer any questions the council had about Tri-County’s acquisition of Alliant Energy ..... 
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Stipends OK’d for Chatfield EMTs

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Ambulance Director Susan Kester addressed the Chatfield City Council at their August 11 meeting about the problem she has had getting volunteers to cover weekend hours. She noted that other ambulance services are also finding it difficult to get peo ..... 
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