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Rushford cancels City Hall project, for now


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

At least for the time being, Rushford’s city hall will remain at its present location. Plans to convert the former municipal liquor store into new city hall have stalled more than once due to cost and funding. The council voted unanimously at the April 8 meeting to reject all bids for the project, cancel the project, and leave city hall in place while other courses of action are determined.

Capped at $200,000, the project has been a hotly debated item with some contending the city is spending money frivolously and others angry that the city denied the new library project last year, but proceeded with exploring renovating the “muni” and moving city hall. In a letter from City Administrator Steve Sarvi, it was noted that all bidders for the project came in under the maximum level, even with every additional alternative bid included.

“The one thing I come away with is that I don’t think there’s a consensus solution that we’ve come to yet that makes sense to the whole community,” said councilor Vern Bunke who suggested awareness to the current debt level. “Going any further at this point doesn’t seem to make sense to me. I hold out hope that we can go in and do the project with a strong sense of value engineering and create a space if we need it. Until we have a stronger direction, that’s my feeling.”

The council will revisit the issue at the first meeting in June to discuss funding sources, value engineering, and to determine further options.

The council also debated the recent question of their methods in water and sewer rate structure, especially in how it applies to multiple household dwellings such as apartments and motels. In effort to mitigate that issue, the city considered a proposal from MSA Professional Services for a study to evaluate the city’s current water and sewer utility rate structure at a cost of $3,500. The city noted that the study was not intended to dictate rates needed to fund projects, but rather a study of the structure itself.

The city uses Residential Equivalent Units (REU) based on water consumption. The REU structure was put in place in 1996 and was intended to have users which put the most stress on the system, such as manufacturing, more accountable for wear and tear to the system. “The funds are recovering from a deficiency,” added Bunke. “We’re building cash reserves to pay for debt.
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Semcac Annual Meeting

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford, MN – Semcac held its Annual meeting in St. Charles on April 8th, 2013. The Board certified consumer sector elections and welcomed the following new members: Sandra Fleming, representing consumers in Freeborn County; Tina Bell, represen ..... 
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Free health screening offered in Rushford

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Fillmore County Public Health (FCPH) and Semcac are partnering to host a free blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screening on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 from 7:30 to 10: 00 AM at the Tenborg Center in Rushford. This screening is open to both Se ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Announces 2013 Summer Meal Program

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

This summer, all children ages birth to 18, REGARDLESS of income level, will be able to eat FREE breakfasts and lunches at school Mondays thru Fridays during designated serving times. Summer meals will be served as follows: Breakfast from 8:00am-9 ..... 
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Rushford Community Foundation seeking proposals for grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Community Foundation is seeking proposals for projects or programs that fit the foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The foundation supports new and innovative projects or programs that improve the quality of life and build on existi ..... 
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Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes: new four-week program

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

Are you or a family member at risk for developing diabetes or do you have diabetes and could benefit from a refresher course on how to manage your blood sugar? Winona Health’s Living with Diabetes or Pre-diabetes program is for you. Facilitated ..... 
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Early years are learning years with Rushford-Peterson Community Education

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Features

Rushford-Peterson Community Education offers many opportunities for early childhood aged children and their families. Our Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes are open to birth-5 year olds. Parents and children attend the themed classes t ..... 
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Real Bites

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Real Bites

Rushford’s charm I’ve been to Lynndyn-Bridge Restaurant in Rushford a number of times since they first opened, and I am always impressed. They provide a professional, classy dining establishment perfect for the daily lunch crowd or a night in ..... 
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Lyle’s Flooring America expanding

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Dave and Therese Ziegeweid of Lyle’s Flooring America have announced that effective April 1 they will be affiliated with Rushford Flooring located at 302 S Mill Street in Rushford. With this affiliation, Rushford Flooring will become a Lyle’s ..... 
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