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Rushford City Council Report: Library and city hall will move to new location

Fri, Dec 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - When the Rushford Public Library eventually moves to a new location, the city hall will move with it, the city council voted unanimously at the regular council meeting on December 10.

City Hall and the library are currently together in the Tew building across from the school, where it is obvious the library has outgrown its space. Discussions about a new library have been taking place for the past few years, with fundraising options being seriously investigated.

Tentatively, the new library will be located about a block north of the main downtown intersection, where the city has already acquired some property. City staff presented an informal feasibility analysis to the council Monday. The analysis looked at cost/benefits in the areas of social, technical, administrative, political, legal, economic and environmental and concludes that the benefits to having both city hall and the library move together to a new location had the most benefits.

The council approved unanimously the results of the analysis.

Business Flood Loans

Three more Rushford businesses damaged by the flood had their loans approved by the council. Subway, Litscher Meat Processing, and Darr Auctions & Realty all had loans approved for less than the amounts they had earlier estimated they would need for recovery.

In addition to these three, two other businesses brought applications to the EDA, but the applications were sent back to answer questions from the EDA. Loans approved first by the EDA are then brought to the city council for final approval.

All loans are part of the state disaster recovery funds and are 75% forgivable and 25% low interest.

With this batch of loans, consultant Chuck Pettipiece also provided information about the number of jobs each business will support. All three businesses will retain the same number of employees as before the flood, with both Litscher and Subway actually adding new positions for an overall increase.

Performance Review

The council's previous meeting concluded with a closed session to discuss the performance review of City Administrator Windy Block. Results of that review were released in the minutes from that meeting: "The evaluations provided a consensus that council members and department heads have determined that Mr. Block has performed above expectations. Council members noted particularly the exceptional performance during the recent flood disaster....Moved by Johnson seconded by Highum to provide two step increases in salary, retro-active to July 2007, with regular step, pay and cafeteria increases as afforded to bargaining unit employees. Upon roll call all voted aye."

The council also adopted a final tax levy, collectible in 2008, of $601,000.

Other Business

In additional business, the council:

• approved a contractual agreement for architectural services with Kevin Timmerman, AIA, Fifth Avenue Design Services, to facilitate the demolition and rebuilding of the municipal liquor store.

• entered an agreement with BDM Consulting Engineers and Surveyors, PLC, to close city well #3, reopen #4, and drill a successful test well and eventual new Well #5. The site of Well #5 has yet to be determined.

• heard a request from Pastor Michelson of RADAR (Rushford Area Disaster Alliance for Recovery) for funds from the city's flood donations fund housed at Associated Bank. Mr. Block and Kathy Zacher, city clerk, reviewed for the group how the funds have been distributed thus far with the aid of Semcac and the American Red Cross. The council took no action on the request until more information can be presented at the next meeting.

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