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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Hamilton Peterson arriving late to the meeting, barely minutes prior to councilor Chad Rasmussen being dismissed on a fire call. Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Dennis Overland were in attendance.

The bulk of discussion focused on recent flood mitigation meetings attended by zoning administrator Jon Pettit. “There’s a ton of stuff. It’s amazing how much they go through,” he stated. “The problem for us is getting the new map approved.” Currently, the Village, as well as other municipalities and counties throughout the state, are utilizing proposed maps. Some of these are being contested regarding accuracy. “We’re not going to get one soon. The levees in the county are not meeting requirements. They haven’t jumped through the hoops and they won’t give us the go-ahead until the whole county is approved,” continued Pettit.

One Village property has already completed a Flood & Community Acknowledgement Form Request, which is a letter seeking map amendment to FEMA. From their understanding, as the Pettit put it, there are seeking to get out of proposed flood plain mapping and asking the city to verify paperwork and forward it on. The Village is expecting at least one other property to do likewise. There is some muddled details on the paperwork, however, including whether or not a Village representative would be looked at as a community flood plain management official.

“There are only 900 communities in the United States that have that designation,” added councilor Overland. “We don’t want to do that.”

Largely, the issue with the Village being put in that role is liability. City Attorney Tom Manion noted that the form was unclear and more information would be needed. It was also suggested that if the Village cannot assist with the issue, documentation could be forwarded to appropriate flood mitigation representatives within the state. The city voted to seek further clarification on the matter.

In other news, five applications for an open full-time Public Works and Maintenance position have been accepted. The applicants are Jerry Benedict, Kyle Chiglo, Evan Meier, Scott Rislov, and Travis Scheck. The council has invited .....
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Wykoff taking bids for community center updates

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

Wykoff City Council approved a pay request for $572,478.93 towards the new wastewater treatment plant. The council was informed the plant should be up and running on December 5, 2014. This date, of course, could change if complications occur. L&L ..... 
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Lanesboro Fire Department budget discussed

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Fire Chief Rob Wagner brought up some concerns about the fire department budget during a regular city council meeting on November 3. According to Wagner, in the near future they will need to replace their pumper, which could be up to $350, ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All Government

• Monday, November 10, Whalan City Council, Whalan City Hall, 5 p.m. • Monday, November 10, Spring Valley City Council, Spring Valley City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, November 10, Houston City Council, Houston City Hall, 7:30 p.m. • Monday, Nov ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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