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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum points to a diagram of the proposed R-P School site plan. The council has asked engineers and the district to follow up on several discussion items on the plan before granting approval. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural and engineering firm ATS&R, Otomo Engineering, and the Public Works Department. Planning and Zoning has approved of the report and recommended city council review. Dean Beeninga and Ron Spoden, of ATS&R, District Superintendent Chuck Ehler, and School Board Chairman John Linder were in attendance at the Monday, August 24 meeting.

Several changes and clarifications have already been made. Regarding Use Regulations, the proposed school building will be located in an R-2 Single Family zone, while the parking lot is zoned agricultural. The school secured the required Conditional Use Permit from the city June 8. Concern over accurate plot lines, indicating the toe of the bluff in relation to the bluff impact zone, was noted and both the site boundary and topographical survey information have been revised.

There were no issues found with height, yard, and area bulk regulations, including setbacks. Additionally, findings indicate that the ingress/egress access roadway to the east of the site will not be impacted by building construction.

Parking regulations specify one off-street space limitations. Spelled out are one space per preschool, elementary, and junior high staff member, one space per high school staff member, and one space for every three high school students. Based on preliminary plans, this equates to 330 total overall spaces. According to the review, 41 spaces are planned for the east with 289 spaces on the west. This includes 239 “striped” spaces and 50 additional grass-covered overflow spaces. The council noted some concern over parking functionality. “Because of the location, the residents need some protection,” stated councilor Vern Bunke.

“It’s tricky when you design near residential areas,” responded Beeninga. “School parking is tricky. There’s no concern on day to day; only at events.”

Lighting requirements and exterior security lighting will need further review, as suggested by Tom Nigon, Star Energy Services. The district is responsible for parking lot and security lighting. This may be connected to the city light system and would be metered separately for billing to the district. Beeninga discussed some op .....
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural ..... 
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Rushford hires new public works director

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council formally approved the hire of Roger Knutson for the position of Public Works Director Monday, August 10. The position, which had been held by Jeff Copley, was declared vacant at the July 27 meeting, following Copley’s req ..... 
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Rushford approves subsidy, lot rezoning as community center sale proceeds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The future of the former community center, a one-time hope and frequent thorn in the side of the city, has now been sealed. Pending final closing of the sale, the building will be sold to Win-Tech Electronics, Inc. The sale was approved by the counc ..... 
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Rushford rejects airport bid; approves hearings for sale of former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Municipal Airport Commission has received and rejected a bid for an airport fuel tank replacement and upgrade project. The lone bid for the estimated $240,000 project came in 25% higher than engineer’s projections. According to City Admin ..... 
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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Rushford approves offer for community center sale; new city engineer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, June 22 Rushford Council meeting brought the long-awaited news of an offer to purchase the former community center, ending a nearly 6-year saga. Located at 1108 Miller Circle, in the Himlie Business Park, the center was initially approve ..... 
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Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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