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Rushford to market city-owned land


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council hears from Jennifer Hengel, center, regarding new community wayfinding signage. Also 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 Administrator Tony Chladek. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

By Kirsten Zoellner

At the Monday, August 22 Rushford City Council meeting, the council approved retention of services from Darr Realty to market a number of city-owned properties, mainly land and lots. At the Rushford Economic Development Authority (EDA) meeting, Darr Realty put forth a proposal for the city to market through the Multiple Listing Service system, increasing the visibility and opportunity for sale of the properties.

“The primary impetus for this is getting realtors marketing opportunities. We’re putting together deed information for all the lot and this only applies to city-owned properties. It’s a good deal,” said City Administrator Tony Chladek.

“We’re getting another visibility. We know we have them, but others may not know we have them,” added Councilor Terri Benson.

While there is no initial expense, the proposal also included potential commission from sales. The minimum transaction fee was reduced from $1,500 to $999 by Darr Realty. If Darr sells the property, a 5% commission is in play. The contract term is one year. “The flexibility is with the city and the EDA,” added Chladek. “The money paid is an economic investment.”

The council also unanimously supported efforts by the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce for community wayfinding signage. Jen Hengel, director for the chamber, was on hand to discuss plans.

The chamber has secured $3,000 in funds from Rushford Community Foundation and an additional $2,000 from the Economic Development Authority. The signs will be topped by the new brand logo and tag line and will be situated indicating destinations most used by visitors to the city and those not immediately visable from roadways.

The locations for the signs include Pine Meadows Lane, Winona Street, Highway 43/Jessie Street, Highway 43/Highway 16, and the road to Magelssen Bluff. They will indicate where visitors can find the new school, Creekside Park, Rush Creek Trail system, Magelssen hiking trails and park, Root River State Trail, Visitor’s Information, and Root River water access. The chamber will alsolook at highlighting the city’s new Veterans Memorial Park.

With Rushford’s position on three state highways, including the main Highway 43 corridor, coordination with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to keep within specific parameters has been something of a challenge. Sig .....
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Rushford-Peterson approves contract, wages, upgrades, and purchases

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, August 15 R-P School Board Meeting was notably limited in size with directors Julie Koop, Dean Mierau, and Taylor Peterson absent. The one-and-a-half hour meeting presented several items of typical summer housekeeping, including reading ..... 
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Rushford hears from concerned resident; approves commission appointment

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The swift Monday, August 8 Rushford Council meeting was a bit of annual boilerplate renewals, but concerns from a resident and one consent agenda item pulled for special consideration made up the bulk of the meeting. Former Rushford Councilor Nanc ..... 
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Rushford approves development plan proposal

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 1st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

In a quick regular meeting, Monday, July 25, the Rushford council approved a proposal that will provide basic infrastructure information for tentative planning in the areas north of Grimsrud Way and east of Himlie Drive. Put forth by an Economic Dev ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson goes in different direction

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The R-P School Board approved a proposal from Bernard Bus Company, of Chatfield, for a new two-year contract, beginning with the 2016-2017 school year. The Transportation Committee recently sought Requests for Proposal and received two transportatio ..... 
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Concerned Citizens – Writ of Mandamus vs. R-P Schools case dismissed

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford-Peterson Superintendent Chuck Ehler received the Order in the Responsible Citizens case on Monday, July 11, in which Judge Opat dismissed the case with prejudice for all of the reasons that were argued by Eric Quiring, of Ratwik, Rozak & Ma ..... 
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Rushford Council seeks appraisal of former municipal liquor store

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been nearly five years since Rushford voters checked their ballots in favor of closing the municipal liquor store and the city council is whittling down the last available unexplored option for the facility. Approved unanimously at the Monday ..... 
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Rushford pushes back project decision

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 4th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner A decision on the proposed 2016 Street and Utility Improvement Project has been tabled again by the Rushford City Council. The council has discussed the matter at length ever since the April 11 public hearing and has been met wi ..... 
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Rushford selects city administrator candidate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford has closed in on its choice for new city administrator, after four months of discussion, review of the job and selection process, and interviews. February 8 the city council declared a vacancy for the position following the resi ..... 
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