RC council updated on assisted living facility

At the Nov. 12 Rush City Council meeting, city administrator Amy Mell said she is still talking with Pete Jesh of Summit Development about management companies that might be interested in running an assisted living facility in town.

In May, Jesh informed the council that he would like to construct a 40-47 unit building to include independent living with services, assisted living and memory care units. And there appears to be community interest, as councilors including Bob Oscarson have said residents have been wondering about an assisted living facility.

The developer has provided draft plans for the facility, and a local committee has toured two Minnesota facilities that are similar in size to what could end up being built in Rush City. One proposed site is near the Rush City Community Center.

More discussion and updates are expected in council meetings to come.


In other news, 

the council:

• Received an update on the “punch list” items or jobs that have yet to be completed by the contractor on the 4th Street and County Road 30 turnback project.

• Learned two builders are possibly interested in purchasing the 10 remaining lots for duplexes at Countryside Senior Townhomes. “It’s good there’s interest,” Mell said.

• Received positive news when reviewing the municipal liquor store income statement and city financial statement.

At the Oct. 28 meeting, the council:

• Approved Gene’s Water and Sewer for televising private sewer laterals for the city’s inflow and infiltration program.

• Called a public hearing to review the draft flood zone ordinance for 7:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25. The public hearing is part of the process the city must go through toward joining the national flood insurance program, Mell explained. The program has better maps, and it’s a better financial option for residents interested in flood insurance, she added. The city’s flood zone is located in the Rush Creek area.

• Hired Chris Henricks and Jay Helin for the shared seasonal/part-time public works position to remove snow from the sidewalks. The personnel committee conducted interviews and recommended the men to share the job.

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