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Rushford attempts to gain Safe Routes to School grant


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 5th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council discussed a revised Safe Routes to School application at the Monday, November 28 meeting. Pictured, left to right, are City Clerk Kathy Zacher, Councilors Terri Benson and Vern Bunke, Mayor Chris Hallum, Councilors Jim O'Donnell and Mark Honsey, and City Administrator Tony Chladek. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Monday, November 28 Rushford Council meeting was quick, but the council made headway of several standing items. These include a revised plan for a Safe Routes to School grant application. The city submitted an application in December of 2015, but was unsuccessful in securing funding.

With construction of a new pre-K to grade 12 facility underway within the city, the initial plan called for three trail sections. One on the east side of the Highway 43 corridor from the Rush Creek Bridge north, another at Pine Meadows Lane, which runs along the north edge of the Ben Niggle Sports Complex to the new school, and between the east side of the sports complex and behind the Tyrol Hills subdivision. Originally, Highway 43 crossings were included at West Center Street and Northview Street.

Working with Bolton & Menk, the city’s engineer, a revised plan was developed after meeting with Minnesota Department of Transportation. The meeting was held to receive input and incorporate potential changes to help insure their approval of the project. The new plan still has a trail along Highway 43, but it now ends at the Pine Meadows intersection instead of continuing north. Likewise, the Tyrol Hills trail has been removed. The Highway 43 crossings have been reduced to one location just south of Northview Street. A trail portion may now be added on the west side of Highway 43 between West Center Street and Northview Street.

The estimated funding for the project was $374,700, but that number will shift with the newly added plan changes. If awarded the Safe Routes to School funding, the grant would provide 80% of the cost and the city and Rushford-Peterson School District would share the remaining 20%.

One hiccup noted at the meeting is just when funding would be given. While the new round of grants are expected to be awarded in the spring of 2017, the money would be available in 2018 or possibly beyond. “The language said ‘2021 funding.’ We’re trying to find out what that means,” said City Administrator Tony Chladek. “We’ll see how things come out. We’ve got planning to do yet on our end.”

“We need to figure out what hoops we have to jump through to make it work,” added Mayor Chris Hallum.

The council also considered and approved the marketing for sale of the vacant lot at 110 West Winona Street. The property was donated the city by R .....
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Rushford sells city lot; hopes more sales to come

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

A swift, 30 minute Rushford Council meeting November 14 hit at just five agenda items ranging from standard fare to contracts and a land sale. A notification from the Minnesota Department of Health also garnered a significant portion of the meeting. ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson sends naming rights policy back to foundation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 21st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The votes are in the for the Rushford-Peterson School Board election. Incumbents Valerie Howe, Julie Koop, and John Linder earned 1323, 1343 and 1401 votes respectively and will retain their seats. Newcomer Bonnie Prinsen won 14 ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools hosts Meet the Candidates Forum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner There are five candidates running for four seats on the Rushford-Peterson School Board November 8. Incumbents Valerie Howe, John Linder, and Julie Koop are all seeking reelection. Challengers for the seats are Curtis Fox and Bon ..... 
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Rushford Trees, Trails, and Parks Commission gaining ground

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 31st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, October 24 Rushford Council meeting was the shortest in recent memory, taking just over 20 minutes, start to finish. The agenda contained a visibly reduced consent agenda and just four items of council business. Council attendance was als ..... 
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R-P looks at naming rights at new school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 24th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, October 17 Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting was held at the R-P Middle School in Peterson and encompassed just three new items of agenda business. The board also met in closed session to review pending litigation against the distric ..... 
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R-P Community Education to host “Meet the school board candidates” forum

Mon, Oct 17th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

On Tuesday, November 8, Rushford-Peterson School District residents will have the opportunity to elect four community members to the board of education. Five candidates are vying for these seats: incumbent members running are Julie Koop, Valarie Ho ..... 
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Rushford approves EDA recommendations

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Council approved three recommendations by the Economic Development Authority at the Monday, September 25 council meeting. Affecting all current and future EDA loans are changes to the loan Modification/Forbearance Policy. The policy ame ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson receives 1:1 update

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The Monday, September 19 Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting wrapped up in just over an hour. Items garnering the majority of discussion covered a new school progress update and a program update for the 1:1 Chromebook Initiat ..... 
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