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Rushford moves lighting project, in-city hunting forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Taking advantage of timing and funding, the Rushford Municipal Electric Commission and the city are moving forward with a project to update all lighting along the Highway 43 corridor. With lighting being temporarily removed for the Highway 43 Project, the commission will seize the chance to complete the upgrades while the roadway is disrupted.

Following community input and working with engineer Tom Nigon, of STAR Engineering, the commission has opted to replace the current mix of steel and wood poles with black aluminum and copper poles with a tear-drop shaped lighting surface, complete with LED lights. According to City Administrator Steve Sarvi, the poles were chosen due to the composition of metals and their rust-inhibiting qualities. Additionally, the base of each pole will be a black-dyed concrete to create a seemless and appealing aesthetic, as well as measures to keep the base of the pole elevated off the ground, reducing salt exposure.

Bids for the project were split to allow maximum savings to the city. Bids were opened August 7 and awarded August 11, at the council meeting. Norman’s Electric, of Rushford, was selected for labor, wire and conduit installation, in the amount of $120,641. Werner Electric was selected for street light poles and fixtures in the amount of $185,612.

The concept of bow hunting within city limits was also discussed at the August 11 meeting. After further review of similar policies in other municipalities, Administrator Sarvi detailed several key points to the council, including potential hunt sites, landowner permission requirements, and changes needed to current city ordinances prohibiting the firing of weapons within city limits.

According to Sarvi, if hunting measures are approved, several guidelines will be set. Included are limitations on hunting the top or north side of Magelssen Bluff, due to walking trails that have been recently developed. On the levee system, hunters will be required to discharge bows away from the city, towards the water, only. Additionally, they will be required to hunt from stands and carry them in and out each day. A fee for the hunt will be put in place to cover administrative costs only.

If the city moves the hunt plan forward, it will likely limit the in-city season from November 15 to December 30, within the normal bow season. Restricted by length, the city believes it will get a taste for how the project could go, .....
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Rushford considers managed hunting within city limits

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The issue of deer population control in Rushford has once again been brought to the forefront of council discussions. The council had reviewed options in 2012 and 2013 due to the damage inflicted on vegetation and hazards to traffic. In 2013, the co ..... 
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Rushford EDA revamps forbearance terms

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

There’s no denying that the Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan fund has done great things for Rushford’s economic growth. At least two past audits have garnered praise for its efforts. Still, there is room for improvement, as note ..... 
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Rushford grabs opportunity during project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

With the Highway 43 Project slated to begin Monday, June 30, the Rushford Electric Commission is considering expanding lighting upgrades along the highway corridor. The lighting will be temporarily removed for the project, so the commission will sei ..... 
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Rushford preps for Highway 43 project, deals with illegal dumping

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Indications of the impending road project are starting to become noticeable and the city is making strides to make sure that local traffic and visitors know that the city businesses are open. Large construction signs bearing “Road Closed” warnin ..... 
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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount di ..... 
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“Continued, slow and steady improvement” for Rushford funds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city received their annual audit report at the Monday, May 12 meeting from Smith Schafer & Associates and it appears the city is moving in the right direction. There has been no increase in the tax levy in the last three years and the city has ..... 
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Rushford moving forward with business incubator plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

While the Business Incubator Plan is still in draft stages, the city and Economic Development Authority (EDA) are moving forward in seeking grant funding to get the ball rolling. At the Monday, April 28 council meeting, EDA chairman Tom Driscoll took ..... 
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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