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Friday, July 25th, 2014
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- 3:01:39, Jul 22nd 2014 - Don K. - My medical premium will go up significantly next year under Obama care. Thi ... [Read More]
- 8:44:09, Jul 20th 2014 - @ new resident - Wykoff has a summer softball league for youths ages 5-18 and they ha ... [Read More]
- 11:28:08, Jul 18th 2014 - Go kaase! - Tom I hope you get elected as sheriff! Although you have worked in roche ... [Read More]
- 3:14:00, Jul 18th 2014 - SV citizen - I have concern that there would be a conflict of interest with Kaase bei ... [Read More]
- 1:22:00, Jul 18th 2014 - Bear - Obama care isnt the answer. Sure Mr. Grehl some people in Minnesota have medi ... [Read More]
- 9:13:08, Jul 18th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - what?-even though smoking marijuana is illegal, unless the amount o ... [Read More]
- 6:52:38, Jul 17th 2014 - Kaase for Sheriff - First of all I think that both candidates have great ideas. But i ... [Read More]
- 4:13:24, Jul 16th 2014 - Two dogs - Why would Mr. Kaase want to take a pay cut of $30,000 dollar a year plus t ... [Read More]
- 9:57:55, Jul 16th 2014 - Kaase got my voteđź‘Ť - With this interview kaase got my vote! We need change in the ... [Read More]
- 6:54:19, Jul 16th 2014 - what? - The school on 1st ave pushes there snow onto the street. And NO ONE in harmon ... [Read More]
Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
Posted in Features
Posted in Features
Brian Guenther of Power Plus, an engineering firm, was present at the January 27th Rushford City Council meeting to explain the newly proposed back-up generator site. The building to house three back-up generators with space for a future fourth generator could be placed next to the substation. The pluses of this site include: the site is not in the park; it is already zoned light industrial, cable conductors are expensive so the proximity to the substation would save in money as well as in less electrical loss; there would be fewer concerned neighbors. While tree work and excavating would be needed, the site was apparently more palatable to both the Electric Utility Commission and the Rushford City Council than the previously suggested Jaycee Park site.
Guenther also informed the council that new capacitor banks had been installed. The old banks were filled with PCBs and were supposed to have been removed by 1989. Other work planned by the Electric Utility Commission for the coming year includes the replacement of six or seven street light poles downtown. With a manufacturing cost of $1,500 per stainless steel pole, the commission opted to spread the replacement over several years. Budget Concerns Budget concerns came to the forefront as Mayor T.S. Roberton mentioned recent emails from the League of Minnesota Cities. Those emails stated that a forty to fifty per cent cut in LGA is expected as well as a possible change to the formulation used to determine LGA amounts. Some legislators feel that rural communities are currently receiving too much of the pie at the expense of Twin Cities suburbs. Roberton pointed out that if the formulation were changed to favor the suburbs, it would be a permanent change in funding and not just a problem next year. Rushford would conceivably be looking at a resulting $200,000 (or more) cut in LGA monies. Commenting on the situation, Norris Kinneberg declared, " We have to operate the city with what we’ve got." Roberton concurred, stating, "The less we depend on St. Paul for anything, the better off we are." Other items In other business, the council: • chose to place on a future agenda the idea of paying council members to attend committee meetings if others on the committee are being paid to attend. • approved the IBEW contract for Jeff Copley with a raise consistent with the other city employee raises. • gave the part-time employees at the municipal liquor store and Zoning Administrator Roger Colbenson three percent raises. • allowed a portion of South Elm Street near Stumpy’s to be closed to traffic February 1 from noon to 7 PM for a snowmobile rally. • approved a drug and alcohol testing policy for holders of commercial driver’s licenses. • heard Fire Department Chief Mike Ebner’s report that asbestos had been removed from the Fire Hall back room and that three new fire persons had been chosen—Mark Honsey, Gene Lawston, and Angi Tostenson, the first female in the department’s history.