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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following termination of a development agreement in July 2011. In conference with attorney Robert Aslop via speakerphone, of Kennedy & Graven, the city council listened to a summation of Aslop’s background information regarding the issue and recommendation for settlement.

The dispute of three agreements, signed in November 2009, includes a site development agreement of a community center, a development agreement for a motel, and a lease agreement, including construction and operation. As previously stated in the Journal, by June of 2010, the projects had slowed considerably, but had came to a halt as Serie notified the council that he would put no more than the $593,000 of expected FEMA funding into the community center until he could secure funding for the motel portion of the project. “For the 18 months, the city worked with the parties to get projects completed,” noted Aslop. “The documents themselves were incomplete to certain terms. Financial incentives were contemplated, but were not spelled out in the agreement and were subject to negotiation.”

According to Aslop, claimants, including Roger Zeug, Peter Breyfogle, and former mayor Les Ladewig, initially sought over $2.7 million in damages arising from the city’s purported wrongful termination of two development agreements executed between the city and claimants for the construction and operation of a community center and motel in the Himlie Business Park. Site development and motel development claims against the city dismissed out of arbitration, following a three-day hearing in May 2013. Aslop noted that the arbitration was stayed for a number of months in attempt to allow good faith negotiations, but the parties were not able to settle the matter at that time.

“In an interim award on December 6, 2013, the arbitrator concluded that the city had appropriately terminated the agreements by ‘abandoning’ the projects under the Site Development and Motel Development Agreements, but ordered the city to pay claimants for services performed under the agreements up to the termination date.”

“Discovery has confirmed that F&L Management cannot establish any damages for services performed under the S .....
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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom ..... 
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No 2014 levy increase for Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

One of several hot topics of the evening, the council again addressed the 2014 budget and levy at length at the Monday, December 23 meeting. The budget sub-committee and city staff had worked together and recommended a 2.02 percent increase earlier ..... 
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Rushford approves third officer unanimously

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After two months of discussion and the item brought before the council on three occasions, with at least one decision ending in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city council approved the hiring of a third, full-time police officer. The city has held a thi ..... 
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Rushford debates police staffing, coverage

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The ongoing issue over whether or not to fill the police department vacancy left by recently resigned, full-time officer Chris Frick continues to bring out public support and heated debate. Police Chief Adam Eide came before the council on November ..... 
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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 Devel ..... 
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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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