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Rushford reviews renewable energy systems ordinance, city hall move


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A public hearing was held September 28 during the regular Rushford City Council meeting in regards to an amendment to the Rushford Zoning Ordinance. The proposed new chapter will address renewable energy systems with the intent to encourage systems that have a positive impact in energy conservation yet limit the adverse impact on the community. The new chapter covers geothermal and solar energy only. A separate chapter to address wind energy systems will be brought forward at a later date.

Only one member of the public spoke during the public comment portion. Lee Peterson was in support of the addition, currently utilizing an 8.2 kilowatt system, which generates 10 megawatts per year, that provides nearly all energy needs for a fish hatchery. Peterson’s only concern was the connection fee to Tri-County. “If it could be reduced in any way, it would dramatically increase people’s ability to generate renewable energy,” said Peterson.

The draft chapter covers definitions, geothermal and solar systems, prohibitive characteristics, permits required for alternative energy, conditional use permits, interpretations, penalties, and a severability and savings clause. City Administrator Steve Sarvi noted the city only passes along costs incurred, rather than imposing any additional costs to alternative energy property owners. The state legislature is considering a per kilowatt wheelage fee that will be charged back to the individual selling back power to the grid.

Physical size of the solar systems is limited to 200 square feet per parcel or not more than 25%, whichever is less. Output size will be determined by policy. Tri-County Electric and Star Engineering will determine that size and will be directing and managing alternative system interconnection for the city. The amendments to the Zoning Ordinance were approved unanimously.

The city council also unanimously approved setting the preliminary levy at $790,000, a $50,000 or 6.7% increase from 2015. The increase represents a 7% increase for debt service, but a negative 1.01% decrease in operational cost. The budget subcommittee had initially looked at $802,000, but felt the $790,000 was achievable. The city has held the levy at a 0% increase for a remarkable six years.

The city won’t know how the increase affects local taxes until later this fall when tax capacity numbers are in from the county. In previous years, when tax capacity has .....
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Rushford approved R-P site plan; landowner continues to object

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, September 14 Rushford Council meeting had several in attendance, including Rushford-Peterson District Superintendent Chuck Ehler, R-P School Board Chairman John Linder, and Ron Spoden, Landscape Architect with architectural and engineeri ..... 
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 31st, 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 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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