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Rushford Village waits on bridge permit; tackles zoning


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Bolton & Menk Engineer Brian Malm, pictured at right, speaks with the Rushford Village Council and Zoning Administrator Jon Pettit, at left, regarding updates on the Tuff Lane Bridge project which remains at a standstill. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The City of Rushford Village continues to wait on permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers for the Tuff Lane Bridge project. Other permitting is in place, according to project engineer Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, but corps permission may come as late as six months to one year for the county mandated project. Malm has been in frequent contact with the corps, but is getting little answers. “It’s on his desk is all he’ll tell me.”

Engineers don’t expect any problems securing the permit as the project will swap a derelict bridge with a series of box culverts, which is expected to improve hydraulics. “Why they even want jurisdiction on this is beyond me, but they do,” continued Malm, referring to the unchartered waterway. “They’d probably agree that it’s of little concern, but they will not relinquish jurisdiction. There’s been a big battle with corps jurisdiction over waterways like this.”

Also discussed at the Tuesday, February 17 council meeting was utilities north of the bridge location and whether or not a guardrail would be needed. The affected utility company was consulted during the initial plan design and they will be notified again prior to excavation. Mayor Gordon Johnson suggested perhaps they may want to upgrade the utilities at the time.

While there is no guardrail on the current bridge, but rather a wood delineator of sorts, the council was in favor of a guardrail on either side of the approximately 28-foot roadway over the new box culverts. “I think we’d have to (have a guardrail). The liability that goes with it is not worth the risk,” noted Johnson.

The city also held a public hearing at the meeting to discuss further clarification of zoning ordinances. Specifically discussed by Zoning Board members Joyce Iverson, Glen Kopperud, and Maynard Thompson was amendments to Ordinance No. 5, Zoning and Land Use Ordinance, Sections 100-800, 1100-1600, and 1700-2700. The purpose of the ordinance review is largely geared towards clarification and consistency of wordage and definitions. Both City Attorney Tom Manion and The League of Minnesota Cities have assisted in the process.

Portions of Section 1508, regarding Conditional Use Permits, regarding site and location requirements, were of particular concern. “It it’s unclear to this group, it’s going to be unclear to others,” cautioned Zoning Board member Kopperud.

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Preston renews housing incentives

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At a relatively brief meeting of the city council on February 17 the Preston housing incentives were renewed for 2015 as recommended by the Economic Development Authority. The incentive program is a partnership between Preston EDA, Preston Public ..... 
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Spring Valley and Ambulance Association plan to meet

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The recent decision for disassociation between the Spring Valley Area Ambulance Association (SVAAA) and the city was the main topic at the February 9 meeting of the Spring Valley City Council. The SVAAA had submitted a request for a meeting betwe ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court - 2.16.15

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Government

On February 3, 2015, Shane Robert Skree, 24, of Caledonia, Minnesota, appeared before Fillmore County Judicial Officer Matthew J. Opat. Skree is charged with DUI and DWI – Operate a Motor Vehicle – Alcohol Concentration .08 Within 2 Hours, both ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks Fire Department funding, siren repair

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council’s monthly meeting on February 9, 2015, focused on brief discussions concerning the Lanesboro Rural Fire Department funding changes, the status of the town’s siren repairs, and other needed maintenance projects. A meet ..... 
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Peterson sees wastewater plant conclusion; runs into city hall issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson will finally see resolution to long-standing problems at the wastewater treatment plant. Councilor Dick Lee has been meeting with representatives from engineering and planning firm WHKS & Co. and Wieser Brothers General Contra ..... 
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Rushford sees potential bond opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, February 9 city meeting was short, at just 43 minutes, but wasn’t lacking in discussion as the council hit on several opportunities for the city, including a bond refinancing of impressive proportions. The opportunity to refinance a ..... 
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Fillmore County native Chelsie Keys hired to U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee majority staff

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in All Government

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today announced additional staff selections. “I am proud to add people with experience in farming, ranching and agricult ..... 
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Snow removal concerns in Harmony

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

At the February 10 council meeting, Council member Kyle Morem brought up the issue of snow removal in Harmony. He stated it has been the biggest complaint he has heard in town. “What can we do to fix that?” he asked. He and other council me ..... 
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