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The rest of the story Rushford Village council speaks out about police service


Fri, Jun 29th, 2007
Posted in Commentary

There has been a lot of commentary in the local press recently concerning police services for the City of Rushford Village and the City of Rushford canceling the "Agreement of Understanding" to provide certain police services to the Village as a back up to the Fillmore County Sheriff's office. The Village Council continues to be concerned with providing adequate police protection for all of the Village residents. We want to make you aware of what police services are currently in place and a brief history of who provides them.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's office has been and continues to be the primary provider of police services to the City of Rushford Village. All 9-1-1 calls go to the Sheriff's office in Preston. The Dispatcher who receives these calls then will check if the County has an officer available to take the call. Depending on the estimated response time from the Fillmore County officer, the dispatcher may request assistance from the Rushford Police or other agencies to cover the call.

The City of Rushford and the City of Rushford Village had discussions on compensation for the City for answering these types of 9-1-1 calls in 2000 and in 2001 a "Contract for Furnishing of Police Services" was signed. It provided for a "per hour cost" and authorized the City of Rushford police authority to assist the County when requested by Fillmore Co. Sheriff's office to answer 9-1-1 calls in the Village.

A revised "Agreement of Understanding" was signed in 2003 providing for a flat $1000.00 per year compensation to the City for assisting the Sheriff's office. The reason for the change was that the previous "per hour cost" was taking too much time to administer. There were many questions regarding whether the calls were of an emergency nature and needed immediate response or whether these calls could have been answered by a County officer. The cost for 2001 and 2002 was less than $500.00/year, so the flat fee agreement was put into place to simplify the cost reimbursement to the City. The amount paid could / would be adjusted with the information provided to the Village, by the City of Rushford police.

At the recent Tri-City meeting Chief Stensgard was asked how many calls the City was getting from the Sheriff's office and Chief Stensgard was either unable or unwilling to provide this information. The Village Council believes that we need to know how often and for what type of calls the Rushford Police Dept. is responding to .....
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"The Graduate" revisited

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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"Benjamin...I just want to say one word to you...just one word...are you listening......switchgrass. There's a great future in switchgrass...think about it. Will you think about it?" Imagine if Mr. McGuire had uttered "switchgrass" into Benjamin Bra ..... 
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We're all mad here

Fri, Jun 22nd, 2007
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Alice: But, I don't want to go among mad people.

Cheshire Cat: Oh, you can't help that. We're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.

Alice: How do you know I am mad?

Cheshire Cat: You must be. Or you wouldn't have come here. ..... 
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Truth, consequences, and responsibility

Fri, Jun 15th, 2007
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So, Paris Hilton doesn't like being in jail. Who would? She obviously broke the law and was incarcerated. Then, by some strange means she is released. Then, due to a public outcry of preferential treatment, she is sent back to the slammer, s ..... 
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It's not and never will be free

Fri, Jun 1st, 2007
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There are in excess of 47 million uninsured and 12 million under-insured under age 65 in the U. S. One in three non-elderly will go without insurance in the next two years. Half of all bankruptcy is due to medical bills. Most people in bankruptcy ha ..... 
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This was one field trip well worth attending

Fri, May 25th, 2007
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On Tuesday, May 22, 270 fourth graders from seven schools in Houston and Fillmore counties converged on the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds in Mabel for a Farm Safety Day Camp. The seven schools participating in the event included Caledonia, Chatfield, H ..... 
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The class of 1968

Fri, May 25th, 2007
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When I graduated from high school in early June 1968, Lyndon Baines Johnson was president. The awkward Texan had completed John F. Kennedy's unfinished term and was elected president over Barry Goldwater in 1964, with the highest margin of victory i ..... 
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Finally, someone is in charge of the Iraq War

Fri, May 18th, 2007
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Czar or Tsar - an Emperor or in more modern usage a Monarch or King. The word originates from the deified Roman dictator Caesar and came to represent the Roman Emperor. (Wikipedia)

We have been waging the Iraq War or Debacle for over 4 years ..... 
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Springtime renewal

Fri, May 11th, 2007
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Spring is a time when we throw open the windows, clean out the closets, and get our hands back into yard work. It's all about taking advantage of fresh air, reevaluating your needs, and nurturing the green space in your life. Most people look forwar ..... 
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