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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 Serie). Demand for arbitration was filed by Serie in November of 2011, following four years of frustration for the city and the subsequent July 2011 abandonment of the community center project all together. A summons & complaint was filed in Fillmore County December 10, 2013 regarding a lease agreement with Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. Damage hearings are scheduled for early February. Until then, both parties are refraining from public comment.

The original agreement with F&L Development for the motel and community center projects were signed October 26, 2009. Less than a month later, four incumbents on the council that passed that measure were swept out of office in a tumultuous election. By March 2010, the new council, like many in the community, was already questioning the lack of a performance bond for Serie’s company and a series of outstanding judgments against him elsewhere. At that time, former City Administrator Windy Block suggested items that were still up in the air and potential cost savings. Then City Attorney Scott Springer noted the city was holding a substantial amount of funds which should have helped to enforce Serie’s payments. An auditor later indicated that the city should have had a performance bond.

Just three months later, the project slowed considerably, but 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. Some interior work resumed by June 2010 after Public Works Director Jeff Copley worked to develop a labor deal cutting the costs of development using a Sentenced To Serve workforce for much of the labor.

February 2011 the city was dealt a hard blow. FEMA notified the city that no funding would be granted to the building because construction was begun prior to receiving approval. At that time, new City Attorney Terry Chiglo also updated the council on his investigation into the still unfinished community center and “significant issues.” Financing for the motel project must also be completed and Serie indicated he hope to have it within a two week time span.

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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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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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