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Rushford Council discusses options for vacant liquor store site


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Council discussed opportunities for the vacant former Municipal Liquor Store with Public Works Director Roger Knutson at their Monday, February 22 meeting. Pictured clockwise, beginning at left, are City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Zacher, councilors Terri Benson and Vern Bunke, Mayor Chris Hallum, councilors Jim O’Donnell and Mark Honsey, and Knutson. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

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 plans for the site. Discussions of opportunities for the facility have been ongoing for the last five years and an architectural service analysis was previously completed when the city had planned to relocate city hall to the site utilizing Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) funding.

After seeking input from Public Works Director Roger Knutson on a review of material and labor cost estimates to remodel the facility, utilizing Public Works crews, relocation of city hall to the site remains a possibility, but one with a price tag in the area of $85,000, according to Knutson. “Public Works can do a lot of demo and a lot of the remodel. None of us are intimidated by the work,” he noted. “It’s in the realm of capability.”

The previous USDA low bid for remodel of the site was $129,746. However, it will cost the city an additional $15,000 to operate the facility as a city hall, as operation costs at the current facility are shared by the public library. Should city hall be relocated to the Elm Street site and the library move into the entirety of the current Tew Library Building, both the city and the library would have to levy more in order to operate solely in the respective buildings.

To proceed with remodeling the liquor store site, the city would need to seek further quotes to be in compliance with the $25,000-99,999 project value rule. “We can’t just cut it up and circumvent the quote process,” said Zacher.

The city will be seeking further confirmation and clarification on whether or not the city can sell the building without incurring repayment to the state. The building was reclaimed following the 2007 flood using FEMA and state general obligation bond funding and while the federal payment of funds has been waived, City Clerk Kathy Zacher indicated that the state would require repayment of a portion of their investment up to $270,000. To do so the building will need to be sold at fair market value. What that figure is also remains to be determined.

However, councilor Vern Bunke stated he’d discussed the matter with former City Administrator Steve Sarvi and he felt it had been confirmed that there was no l .....
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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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New Rushford councilors take oath

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The first meeting of the Rushford City Council for the year began with new councilors Terri Benson and Jim O’Donnell taking the oath of office. Also taking the oath was Mayor Chris Hallum, who is serving his third term. The new councilors dove rig ..... 
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Rushford Council approves 2016 levy and land sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

At the last meeting of 2015, a snowy January 28, the Rushford Council approved setting the final budget and property tax levy, taxes payable year 2016, at $790,000. After months of discussion on options for expense reductions and long-term strategic ..... 
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Rushford waits on levy certification; sees changes to EDA Micro-Loans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford is proposing a 6.7% increase in the levy. This equates to $790,000. The city levy has remained unchanged, at $740,000 since 2011. This is broken down to a 7.7% increase in debt service and a reduction of 1.01% in operating expenses. The cit ..... 
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Rushford approves assessments; discusses library fund cuts

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner There were more than a dozen interested community members at the Monday, November 23 Rushford Council meeting as the council discussed several items impacting many. First on agenda business was a public hearing to receive comme ..... 
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Rushford sets public hearing for assessments

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A public hearing for assessments related to the 2014 Municipal Improvement Project, Highway 43/Mill Street Street Improvement Project, has been set for Monday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m., at city hall. Persons owning property affected by the improvem ..... 
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Rushford council will see new faces

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Changes to the Rushford City Council are on the horizon. While not yet canvassed and accepted by the city, results from November 3 voting indicate Incumbent Roger Colbenson has lost his council seat following a write-in campaign that appointed two n ..... 
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