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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government



The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boards, contracts, and financials.

There was only one change from 2014. Following a closed session to discuss contract negotiations with Kristina Mart, the council moved to approve a rate of $16 per hour, increasing annual salary to $26,624. Benefits include 56 hours of vacation, limited to 40 hours carrying over to 2016, and 96 hours of personal time.

Councilor Dennis Overland was again appointed Mayor pro-tem for the year. No changes were made on any of the city’s committees: finance – Gordon Johnson, Dennis Overland, Kristina Mart, Judy Graham; health officers – Gordon Johnson, Dennis Overland, Ambulance Director Lynn Humble, and Fire Chief Paul Corcoran; board of health – Winona Health, Dr. Gary Marcoux, DDS, and Dr. Tom Taggart, DVM; board of appeal and equalization – Hamilton Peterson, Todd Baker; assistant weed inspector – Hamilton Peterson; data practices authority: Kristina Mart; employee contract – Gordon Johnson.

The city will retain the following services and approved 2015 contracts and rates for: insurance - Butch Johnson Insurance Agency; city attorney - Tom Manion ($100 per hour, $250 per meeting maximum); city auditor - Engleson & Associates; animal control – Robert Brand ($375 per quarter); park-city office lawns – Duane Koenen ($100 mow and trim or $30 trim only); part-time public works – Bob Thieret ($30 per hour as needed until December 31, 2015). Additionally, the city approved rates of pay for public works/maintenance supervisor Travis Scheck at $18 per hour, plus an additional $1 per hour increase for each water and sewer license obtained. Treasurer Graham will see $20 per hour, with an additional $40 per meeting, with no benefits.

Outstanding indebtedness for the city, as of January 1, 2015, is $634,944.68. The bulk of the payments are a general obligation revenue water loan of $282,000 and general obligation bonds, annual assessments, and interest in the amount of $325,000 for Cooperative Way.

Goals for 2015 include highlighted ten completed goals for 2014 and the addition of seven new goals. Several items are ongoing goals, including annual May and October road tours, continuation of stre .....
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County officials take oath of office

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Government

County coordinator Bobbie Vickerman called the annual county board meeting to order on January 6. District Judge Matt Opat administered the oath of office to county officials who were elected this past November. Commissioners Duane Bakke and Randy D ..... 
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Chatfield hires deputy clerk

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

At a special meeting of the Chatfield city council held on December 29, Nancy Timm was hired as the new deputy city clerk effective January 12, 2015. Councilor Ken Jacobson was absent. Former deputy clerk Mary Peterson resigned to take a position ..... 
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Groth appointed to American Farm Bureau Federation Promotion & Education committee

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Melinda Groth of Fillmore County was recently appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Promotion & Education (P&E) committee. Groth will serve a one-year term and will be involved in planning P&E activities/programs, communicating wit ..... 
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Thank-you, sheriff Jensen and commissioner Kaase

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The December 23 county board meeting was the last for Tom Kaase as a sitting commissioner for the first district. He has resigned effective December 30. Retiring sheriff Daryl Jensen will work his last day as Fillmore County sheriff on January 4. ..... 
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Rushford hits at rate changes, law enforcement trends

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Discussion from the December 8 council meeting, regarding water and sewer rate structure and charges, continued December 22. The city is eyeing plans to address operating needs, capital improvement, debt service, and existing shortfalls. Any rate ch ..... 
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Rushford Village eyes changes to Conditional Use Permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Planning/Zoning Commission of Rushford Village is diligently working to write proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance 5, sections 1800-2700, seeking to clarify wording and eliminate potential problems. The matter was discussed at length at the D ..... 
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Fire Department receives massive donation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Christmas has come early for the Rushford Fire Department. December 17, representatives from Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) presented the department with a $20,000 donation to the volunteer department to be used for the purchase of equipment. Seizin ..... 
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SEMAC Awards Arts Grants

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Government

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts & cultural heritage fund. On November 18, 2014, the board of directors of the Southea ..... 
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