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Houston switching to Independent Emergency Services system


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Houston City Council convened on November 12 for their monthly meeting. At the meeting the council made many important decisions regarding the town. One decision was in regard to the town’s Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development or “DEED” Small Cities Development application. According to the memorandum, “The Small Cities Development Program helps cities and counties with funding for housing, infrastructure, and commercial rehabilitation projects that benefit people of low and moderate incomes.”

According to Christina Peterson, Houston’s City Planner, “A flyer was sent to the community in October to introduce the program and assess interest. Forty responses were received.” The draft proposal is to assist 17 homeowners. Since there is so much interest in the program, Houston would apply to the program in two phases; one phase this year and the second phase the next year. The council had to make the decision as to which applicants would go into which phase. The choices were either taking applicants on a first come, first serve basis for all qualifying applications or dividing the sides of town into phase one and phase two. The council chose the first come, first serve method. The council also approved the motion to waive building permit fees during the time the program would be in effect, per Semcac’s suggestion.

At the meeting the council also approved the replacement of a couple of police computers, as well as Deputy Clerk Audrey Hegland’s computer. They will also purchase one new computer a year. The council prefered the computers to be replaced on a schedule, so that they could be proactive versus reactive; not waiting until a computer was unusable before purchasing a replacement.

A public hearing was also scheduled to discuss a variance request for a garage located at 417 South Ellsworth. The hearing will be held on Monday, December 2 at 6 p.m.

The city council also approved the renewal of the liquor licenses for Crossroads Cafe, Arnet-Sheldon Post, and JT’s Corner Bar & Grill.

The council also approved switching to Independent Emergency Services (IES), an internet based phone service. The previous system used somehow routed 911 calls to the town of Itasca. Obviously the misdirection of the calls was unacceptable, so the council was happy to make the switch.

Chief of Police, David Breault, also updated the council on the di .....
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Rushford moves projects, motel forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a long road for several underway Rushford projects. Time delays, special agreements, and plan modification have hampered at least two, but both projects are now moving favorably forward. Not wanting to further hinder the wait time on t ..... 
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Rushford moving forward with multiple projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The end of a long process in getting a motel in downtown Rushford is almost over. Following a public hearing and a recommendation from the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the city council has approved a $500,000 EDA revolving loan fund subsidy ..... 
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Rushford runs into MnDOT stumbling block

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The massive Highway 43 project slated for Rushford, Minn. in 2014 continues to create headaches for the city. Already dealing with having to give up the city’s main thoroughfare for the duration of the project, it now seems th ..... 
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Rushford hears preliminary report on Highway 43

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

With the start of the massive Highway 43 project drawing nearer, a preliminary feasibility report was presented to the city by Otomo Engineering. The details of the $3.5 million project have been laid out. The city is already painfully aware of th ..... 
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Rushford Hypersonic seeks and gets controversial funding

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

A full house packed city hall for the Monday, August 26 council meeting in Rushford, Minn. The joint meeting of the council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) included a public hearing regarding futher funding of Rushford Hypersonic. After ..... 
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Rushford prepares to lease former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Finally, the long wait to see the vacant community center may be at an end. Approved in November of 2009, the ground was broken for the center that December, and the center was partially constructed in 2010 by F&L Development. A ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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Rushford discusses upgrades, land surveys, bluff issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Rushford, Minn. has seen its share of upgrades in the last six years of recovery from massive flooding. Several upgrades were revealed by the flood itself and even more revealed by those initial upgrades. As the work is being do ..... 
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