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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk engineer Josh Pope was in attendance to discuss the details of the project.

Work that will be done includes sealcoating on Hayes Street (from Highway 43 east past Meadow Avenue), Sherwood Street, Money Creek Road, and Goodrich Avenue. Total projected cost is approximately $50,000. An overlay of Darr Lane, a $30,000 project, is also included. The council voted April 21 to include the option for sealcoating Prospect Street (from Sherwood to Main).

Pope is hopeful for competitive bids, but Dunn Blacktop Company may be the only bidder. Still, with the Highway 43 project being done next door in Rushford, the city is hoping bids will be excellent. If bids are too high, the city has the option to approve the project bid, but reject portions, according to Pope.

Bid opening is scheduled for June 12. An interim completion date of work is slated for August 31 to ensure temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees. The project would be wrapped up no later than mid-September.

The city is looking to reopen a public hearing for modifications to Zoning Ordinance 5 prior to accepting updates. City Attorney Tom Manion noted that while the city is eager to put the revised ordinance into motion, it is prudent not to rush when so much work has been put into the effort. A tentative reopening of the hearing is scheduled for the June 16 council meeting.

The city will also be holding a hearing for a Wellhead Protection Plan at the same meeting. The Wellhead Plan must be completed prior to July 1.

In other news, the city has run into some concern over parking of vehicles by Featherstone Farm along a crushed rock city-owned roadway east of Cooperative Way. “It’s been an ongoing thing,” noted Mayor Gordon Johnson. He further noted a desire not to create a financial hardship for the company in requiring a parking lot, but that parking is referenced as a requirement in section 1506.04 of the ordinance. According to Johnson, 10 to 12 vehicles are parked on the road on a daily basis with an additional six in the company parking lot.

“There’s a new campground east of Featherstone. We could find ourselves in a position of liability. I thin .....
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Rushford gets clean audit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford received it’s official annual audit from Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. Financial statements were reviewed May 1 and report was presented by Tom Wente Monday, May 11. There were no significant issues documented in the audit. ..... 
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Letter about wrong-doing in Houston County...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

To the Editor, The first writing of the U.S. Constitution gave only white male landowners the right to vote. People saw how unjust and mistaken that was. Over the course of our history, the constitution was rewritten to become an inclusive document ..... 
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Rushford clarifies Lodging Tax issues; looks to possible reallocation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council meeting Monday, March 9 followed on the heels of a meeting with representatives from local lodging establishments. Currently, 3 percent of total sales from the establishments, not including campgrounds, is collected by th ..... 
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Rushford completes property sale; looks to the sky

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

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 ..... 
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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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