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Rushford selects city administrator candidate


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford has closed in on its choice for new city administrator, after four months of discussion, review of the job and selection process, and interviews. February 8 the city council declared a vacancy for the position following the resignation of former administrator Steve Sarvi, who served the city for nearly five years. Sarvi officially stepped down February 19. The council noted previously that the search to find the last administrator was noticeably drawn out and aimed to streamline the process this time.

The first step in the process was to review the job description and scoring process for applications. Council members then each chose a citizen representative to serve on the selection committee. The selection committee included Mayor Hallum, Councilors Terri Benson, Vern Bunke, Mark Honsey, and Jim O’Donnell, Library Director Susan Hart, Police Chief Adam Eide, and citizens Megan LaFleur, Jeff O’Donnell, Don Paulson, Sally Ryman, and Anne Spartz.

The ten applications received were scored on various items, which reduced the applicant pool to four candidates who were then interviewed by the committee May 14. Candidates Tony Chladek, of Rochester, and Abraham Algadi, of Worthington, were brought back May 24 for final interviews with the selection committee.

After two one and a half hour interview sessions, the council unanimously voted to make an offer to Chladek. He accepted the offer and financial details are now being worked on. Final approval of his hire will be brought forth at the June 13 council meeting. Chladek previously served as Economic Development Director for the city of Luverne and city administrator for the cities of Stewartville, Merrill, and Crookston. Most recently, he’s served as a business investment analyst and marketing consultant for Chladek Construction.

In other news from the May 23 council meeting, the city council has approved the seeking of bids for a double fuel tank system at the Rushford Municipal Airport. The plan was originally put forth by the Rushford Airport Commission in 2014 and 2015, but the project was halted when bids came in more than 25% higher than engineer’s estimates. Now, using the same basic bid specifications, the commission and Mead & Hunt Engineering are hoping some minor changes will nab more competitive and viable bids.

This go-round, the timeline in the bid will be extended to the spring of 2017. City Clerk K .....
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Rushford approves bid letting for improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The marathon Monday, May 9 Rushford Council meeting was comprised of a pre-meeting work session and a lengthy meeting focused largely on the proposed Hillcrest Drive/South Burr Oak Street and utility improvement project. A public hearing for the pro ..... 
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Rushford council hearing draws a crowd

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, April 11 council meeting, which included a public hearing on proposed infrastructure improvements to two city roadways, drew nearly two dozen concerned citizens. The hearing portion of the meeting dominated two hours of the lengthy meeti ..... 
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Bluff Country HRA, serving Fillmore and Houston counties, is working with Minnesota Housing to provide affordable first-time homebuyer loans More than $688,579 in resources available in 2016

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

RUSHFORD, MN – Minnesota Housing announced that $56 million is available to provide affordable mortgages to first-time homebuyers through a collaboration with Minnesota cities and counties, including $688,579 for Bluff Country HRA, serving Fillmor ..... 
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Rushford gears up for Tri-City Challenge, Conquer the Bluff, and SpectaculAir

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

A concise Monday, March 28 Rushford Council meeting provided those in attendance with details about two events slated for 2016 which are poised to become a draw for residents and visitors to the valley. The four-item agenda also saw the approval of ..... 
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Rushford approves report for Street Utility Improvement; canoe launch agreement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

In a three-hour meeting, Monday, March 14, the Rushford Council hit at a number of ongoing project preparations. A preliminary engineering report for the 2016 Street Utility Improvement took the majority of discussion. Brain Malm, engineer for Bolt ..... 
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Rushford Council discusses options for vacant liquor store site

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a 5:30 p.m. work session, Monday, February 22, the Rushford City Council dove into a lengthy discussion regarding review of the building at 409 S. Elm Street, the vacant and former Municipal Liquor Store, and consideration of potential pla ..... 
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Rushford declares vacancy for administrator position; moves Veterans Park forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

In news that’s already trickled through small town talk and media reports, Rushford’s City Administrator Steve Sarvi has accepted the position of Winona City Manager and has submitted a letter of resignation to the City of Rushford. “I want to ..... 
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Rushford approves amendment to lodging tax ordinance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

A short January 25 Rushford council meeting hosted a public hearing and wrapped up a final decision on the fate of lodging tax dollars. The hearing was held to take public comment to a proposed amendment to the city’s ordinance on the funds. The i ..... 
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