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Rushford completes property sale; looks to the sky


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford is gearing up for the third annual Jumps for Hope event, Sunday, June 28. Pictured, at right, is Rushford Mayor Chris Hallum, an avid supporter and two-time jump participant who is eager for his third jump. At his left is Jumps for Hope founder Alana Wilson. Photo provided



The city of Rushford is in the process of completing the sale of the former Historic Bluff Country building, at 303 Elm Street, to Doug and Cindy Thesing, owners of Root River Floral. The final sale came in just $300 less than expected, at $39,700, after concessions by the city on some minor building issues. The city purchased the building several years ago for just over $10,000.

A second issue with the building was also brought to light, but the city was already aware of it and had planned to correct it. The buyers requested the city make an official motion noting the issue and document it in an official letter from the city as part of the sale.

Initially, the building and the building immediately to the south shared a water line from the city main. After the 2007 flood, Faye Narloch, owner of the adjacent building, installed a second, separate water line to her building. It was the intention that the city would connect that line to the main, giving each building its own line. Due to a backlog of other projects and delays by contractors, the city line was never connected. It was noted that both buildings have their own water meter, but simply share the line.

“It kept getting put off,” stated City Clerk Kathy Zacher at the Monday, February 23 council meeting. “Each should have their own. It’s on the docket as soon as the weather cooperates.”

The council also discussed the possibility of purchasing a pre-owned street sweeper to replace the unit the city currently has and will advertise for bids. “We’re not 100 percent sure we want to purchase yet,” noted Zacher. She went on to clarify that Public Works wants the opportunity to continue looking and since the purchase would exceed the $100,000 threshold, the city would need to be in compliance with competitive bidding requirements from the state. “Right now, this is the paperwork to be sure we’re legal. If we don’t do it, we may lose the opportunity for some.” Should the Public Works Department locate a sweeper that meets city needs, a purchase recommendation would come before the council.

The current sweeper was purchased after the flood to replace one that was damaged. It was funded largely by insurance and FEMA payments. It needed several repairs in 2014. The specs for the unit are fairly open-ended and it’s unlikely that the department would recommend a new unit. Zacher noted the new price at app .....
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Rushford sees potential bond opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, February 9 city meeting was short, at just 43 minutes, but wasn’t lacking in discussion as the council hit on several opportunities for the city, including a bond refinancing of impressive proportions. The opportunity to refinance a ..... 
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Rushford approves rate increases; housing study

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A Monday, January 26 public hearing, during the Rushford Council meeting, presented very little public, but a good deal of information. The purpose of the hearing was to receive public comment regarding proposed water and sewer rate increases. Mar ..... 
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Rushford approves sale of HBC building

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The first Rushford Council meeting of 2015, January 12, brought the expected annual housekeeping of boards, committees, meeting dates, and more. It also brought an opportunity for the city to sell a viable piece of downtown property and get the pr ..... 
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Rushford hits at rate changes, law enforcement trends

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Discussion from the December 8 council meeting, regarding water and sewer rate structure and charges, continued December 22. The city is eyeing plans to address operating needs, capital improvement, debt service, and existing shortfalls. Any rate ch ..... 
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Fire Department receives massive donation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Christmas has come early for the Rushford Fire Department. December 17, representatives from Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) presented the department with a $20,000 donation to the volunteer department to be used for the purchase of equipment. Seizin ..... 
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Rushford considers rate changes

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A work session regarding proposed changes to water and sewer rate changes was held prior to the Monday, December 8 council meeting with Bill Chang and Mark Lundgren of MSA Professional Services. The rates modification seeks to address operating ne ..... 
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Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present. The most in-d ..... 
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute i ..... 
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