The following actions and discussion points were addressed at the Rush City Council’s Aug. 26 meeting.
Fire department business
Rush City Fire Chief Bob Carlson asked for approval from the City Council to sell one of the department’s fire trucks, a 1992 Chevrolet Pumper, to the Toivola Fire Department.
“They looked at it and drove it. We pumped some water and measured the right side and the left side. It will fit in their hall and they made us an offer on the truck,” Carlson said. “It’s basically what we wanted for it at $20,000.”
Carlson said the Toivola Fire Department has 12 members and plans on picking up the truck the first Saturday in September.
“They are ecstatic and grateful for getting the fire truck,” Carlson said. “It was a fair deal for them as well as for us.”
The council voted unanimously in favor of the sale of the fire truck.
“That’s great that a place like this (Toivola) can really use something like that,” Mayor Dan Dahlberg said.
Eagle Scout project request
“We had an Eagle Scout stop in about a week or so ago who is interested in doing a project in the city but needed some ideas,” Rush City Administrator Amy Mell said. “He was wondering about some input from the council or the park board.”
The council, Mell and Dahlberg discussed landscaping ideas for the park/neighborhood signs and the new band shell in the city park. Mell said the city still has money from the Thriving Community fund to pay for the materials.
Frandsen Avenue (Industrial Park)
Mell wanted the council to be aware of possible reconstruction at Industrial Park in 2020.
“We have been talking with the public works of the condition of Frandsen Avenue south of County Road 7 with the curb and the street; especially more towards County Road 7,” Mell said. “We’ve talked to Greg Anderson (Rush City Engineer) and SEH about putting together an estimate for the city.”
Rushseba Station Executive Director hired
“They have hired an executive director for the Rushseba Station for the assisted living. She starts the week of Sept. 15 and is very excited about coming here,” Mell said. “They are having a welcome party for her on Friday, Sept. 20, at 10 a.m. out at the Community Center in the small room.”
The name of the executive director will be announced at the welcome party, according to Mell. Also, Mell said there are seven reservations in place for the Rushseba Station Assisted Living Center, which is scheduled to open in April 2020.
Rush City Community Garden celebration
Mell received an email from Bev Anderson, the president of the Rush City Garden Club, inviting people to come to the second year celebration of the community garden.
“They are having a corn feed and potluck picnic Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m.,” Mell said. “They are serving corn on the cob, beverages and (will) provide utensils. Everybody is welcome to bring something from their garden or something from home. Bring friends or family and a lawn chair. In case of rain, it will be held at the Community Center.”
Dahlberg noted upcoming events in Rush City:
• Rush City Education Foundation Fling at North Folk Winery, Saturday, Sept. 21, from 6-10 p.m.
• 60th anniversary celebration at the Rush City Library, Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m.
• Rush City Fire Department Open House, Sunday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Rush City Lions pancake breakfast 8 a.m. to noon.