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Rushford Village weeds out issue; looks ahead


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following the Tuesday, July 15 council meeting, the City of Rushford Village has taken decisive action against the flourishing thistle population within its borders. According the Mayor Gordon Johnson, a specific complaint regarding a property was brought to the attention of the City of Rushford, which in turn notified the City of Rushford Village. The complaint is in regards to rampant thistle growth on agricultural pasture within the Village limits. According to Councilor Hamilton Peterson, the property is roughly 25-30 acres.

Rushford Village ordinances state that, “Rules and regulations shall be in effect for all property in or adjacent to the Rushford Village Residential areas… The council may, upon receiving a complaint(s), or other notification that grasses and/or weeds on a particular property are not being maintained at the maximum height or less, instruct the clerk to issue a notice to the owner of record, ordering the mowing of said property to comply with this Ordinance within a period of ten days of the mailing date of said notice.”

“The Council may, upon failure of the owner of record to comply with the Notice Ordering Mowing, order the mowing of said owner’s property and bill said owner for the cost of mowing and the costs of the notice and billing. If the owner fails to pay the costs billed, said costs shall be collected according to the terms and conditions of the Rushford Village Collection Ordinance.”

“Agricultural crops shall be exempt and the control of noxious weeds is regulated by Fillmore County Ordinance.”

“We need to address the issue,” noted Mayor Johnson, “But keep in mind, there might be a lot that need notification. It’s gotten out of control.”

A letter was mailed to the property owner July 16. They have until July 26 to comply.

In other news, Zoning Administrator Jon Petit attended a FEMA meeting regarding flood mitigation and community planning. Discussed were established Village problems and pre-disaster planning, including improving comprehensive plans, water runoff in watershed areas, and farming practices along rivers. According to Petit, some mitigation assistance may be available to the city for projects associated with flood prevention. A proposed FEMA flood plain map is due this year. The city will continue to work towards prevention methods.

Also looking to the future, the city has entered int .....
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Houston locks into animal control contract

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on July 14. At the meeting, Chief David Breault informed the council of the weekly animal complaints which the police department is called to deal with stray or neglected animals in town. Chief Breault suggest ..... 
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Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on Tuesday, July 8 with a full audience in attendance. With standing room only, the council wasted no time approving a new council member to fill the seat left open when Protem Mayor Jeremy Comstock was put into office at ..... 
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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The city ..... 
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Inflow and infiltration issues in Harmony

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Harmony Government

At the Harmony City Council meeting on July 8, city employee Chris Johnson brought a problem to the attention of the council. Johnson noted at the wastewater treatment plant, there has been high levels of water infiltrating from the ground. While ..... 
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Seven EMTs added to Mabel Ambulance

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel City Council met on June 11, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. The city had accepted sealed bids for the 2004 Chevy Impala police car that is no longer being used by the police department. The bids were opened at the coun ..... 
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County Board recognizes probation/parole week

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in All Government

Alex Bunger, Support Services Unit Supervisor with DFO Community Corrections, reviewed the proclamation in recognition of Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (July 13-July 19) at the board’s July 8 meeting. DFO (Dodge-Fillmore-Olmst ..... 
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Fountain City Council discusses sinkhole

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Government

Fountain resident Jason Sethre attended the July city council meeting held on July 3, 2014 to request assistance in dealing with an ongoing sinkhole problem on his property. According to Sethre this is the third sinkhole that has developed on the p ..... 
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Canton denies request to vacate alley

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

The request to vacate the alley between 301 & 303 East Fillmore Avenue in Canton was denied at the Canton City Council meeting on July 9. The request was made by Canton residents Holly and Jamie Knutson at the city council meeting in May and a pub ..... 
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