Rushford Council welcomes new city employees


Police Chief Adam Eide, left, Officer Kaylee Inglett, center, and Mayor Chris Hallum, right, as Inglett was promoted to full-time officer at Monday’s Rushford City Council meeting.
By : 
Scott Bestul
Tri-County Record

In one of its briefest meetings in recent memory, the Rushford City Council breezed through a short agenda that included the introduction of a new public library director and a new full-time police officer.

Library director

While the council officially approved the hire of Beth Nelson as the new Director of the Rushford Public Library at their last meeting, library board chairman Burton Svendsen, introduced Nelson to the board during the “Appearance of Interested Citizens” portion of the meeting. Nelson, who has been employed by the Rushford-Peterson School District for the past 10 years, began her duties at the public library the first week of March and will be working with outgoing director Susan Hart during a brief period of transition. The council welcomed Nelson with a round of applause.

New full-time police officer

In January the council approved the hire of Kaylee Inglett as a part-time police officer. This session found the council considering the recommendation of Chief Adam Eide to move Inglett to the full-time position created with the departure of Officer Dalton Bellock, who took a position with the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department.

In his letter of recommendation, Eide described Inglett as having “a very good work ethic, writes good reports, has a very good understanding of law enforcement statutes and procedures, as is extremely dependable. She is also a personable young lady who possesses a great deal of common sense. It is my recommendation to hire Officer Inglett as full time officer, effective [immediately], as I believe she will be a fine addition to our department. She has a good working relationship with our officers and has done a fine job for us. I believe she will continue to learn and grow as a police officer.”

The council approved the hire of Inglett as a full-time officer. Inglett was present and accompanied by her husband, who is a K-9 officer with the Winona Police Department, and her in-laws; her father-in-law is Mark Inglett, who serves as Houston County Sheriff.

Historical Society report

The council acknowledged the annual report from the Rushford Area Historical Society. Included in the report was a “Thank You” to those who have sent memorials for members who have passed, and an acknowledgement of Girl Scout Troop 43254 for their work painting and redecorating the Trail Center last summer.

In addition, the society reported they will be working on a grant for a major renovation project needed on the depot building. In addition to the grant, the society will be seeking donations from individuals wishing to help on the project, which could cost as much as $300,000. Final cost estimates won’t be available until an architect examines the building.

The society also acknowledged its museum assistant Judith Koskie, who helps visitors to the Depot Museum during its open hours.

During its recent annual meeting, the historical society re-elected directors Brad Woxland and Kari Meyer to three-year terms. The society hopes to continue its series of special presentations, which have included programs devoted to: the Orphan Trains, Rushford-area veterans, Chisholm Trail, and Webster Woolen Mills.

The society plans a special in-depth look at the B-24 bomber, “Ready, Willing and Able,” that was shot down over northern Italy in December 1943. The program is scheduled for April 29.

Donation

The council adopted resolution 2019-027, acknowledging receipt of $700 from the Rushford Lions Club for the purchase of digital CD/audio books for the Rushford Public Library. The resolution expressed thanks to the Lions Club for their generous donation.

Schedule

The next meeting of the Rushford City Council is scheduled for Monday, March 25, at 6:30 p.m. All members of the public are encouraged to attend.