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Rushford Village discusses proposed rate hike


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government



While the Tuesday, January 20 Rushford Village Council meeting was brief, the Council managed to get in plenty of discussion over a City of Rushford sewer rate hike, which will lead to increases for some Village residents. Mayor Gordon Johnson, Councilors Dennis Overland and Hamilton Peterson, and City Treasurer Judy Graham debated the details of a letter from the city referencing the increases and an upcoming City of Rushford public hearing over the matter. Councilors Todd Baker and Chad Rasmussen, and Attorney Tom Manion were absent.

The Village has a contract with the city of Rushford for sewer service in south Rushford Village. The Village rate is proposed to increase $1.75 in 2015, beginning in February, and $3.35 in February 2016.

“Are they raising it because of the (Wastewater Treatment) plant or because of new infrastructure on Highway 43?” questioned Mayor Johnson.

“Maybe both,” responded Graham. “It’s possible they just don’t have a way of separating maintenance dollars. The percentage came from Bill Chang (BDM Consulting Engineers).”

“Maybe it’s time for a meeting to clarify,” noted Johnson. “We paid up front for the new upgrade. Are we paying for the next potential upgrade or are we paying extra costs of ongoing operating costs, maintenance, existing debt service, and new debt service? Part of the whole plan was to have breakdown of costs and expenses.” According to Graham, the Village has not received that information.

“We need more transparency between what we’ve got and going forward,” continued Johnson. “We keep being told our rates are going to be higher. I understood it was so the funds would be there for the next upgrade. We don’t own anything – they made that clear. All we do is pay for services, so we are we paying for operating and maintenance? I want to make sure the city gets what they’re entitled to, but where’s the transparency? Where’s the numbers?”

“I don’t believe the city is trying to take advantage of us; that they’re out to get a nickel because they can, but we have people to answer to, too,” concluded Johnson.

According to the City of Rushford letter sent to the Village, city engineers have determined their sewer rate should increase $10.00 per month to cover ongoing operating costs, maintenance and repair, existing debt service, new debt service and to help .....
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Canton sets designations and fees for 2015

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

New council member Charlie Warner and returning council member Ross Duckett were sworn into office at the year’s first meeting of the Canton City Council on January 14. Annual designations were approved with no changes from 2014. The official n ..... 
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Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

On the evening of Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Harmony Area Chamber of Commerce conducted their annual meeting at the City Council Chambers in the Harmony Community Center. Pictured above, left to right: Reuben Hershberger (Board Member), An ..... 
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Chatfield discusses recommended ordinance changes

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the annual meeting of the Chatfield City Council on January 12, City Clerk Joel Young administered the oath of office to Mayor Russ Smith and councilors Paul Novotny and Mike Urban. Each of the three had been re-elected in the general electio ..... 
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Harmony City Council swears in new members

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

Harmony City Attorney Richard Nethercut swore in two people at the council meeting on January 13. Steve Donney, who was re-elected as Mayor of Harmony during the November election, and brand new council member Steve Sagen. Building and maintenan ..... 
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Rushford approves sale of HBC building

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The first Rushford Council meeting of 2015, January 12, brought the expected annual housekeeping of boards, committees, meeting dates, and more. It also brought an opportunity for the city to sell a viable piece of downtown property and get the pr ..... 
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Council meets during blizzard

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Fountain Government

While the area was under a blizzard warning on January 8, 2015 the weather did not stop the Fountain City Council from completing the tasks at hand during their monthly meeting. Mayor Richard Kujath and council members Bryan Ostby and Jim Scho ..... 
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Whalan City council confirms officers, plans for 2015

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan City Council began the new year at its January 12, 2015, meeting by swearing in its officers and confirming a slate of official business connections. Returning Mayor Larry Johnson and Council members Everett Johnson and Jim Gustavson were ..... 
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