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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 the landward side of the levee is now prompting cause for flooding concern in low-lying areas. Flood inundation mapping being released will indicate potential for flooding due to interior drainage. The proposed maps could cause 80 structures within the city to require flood insurance in the case of interior flooding.

Otomo Engineering, the firm that has been working with the city on various projects since the 2007 flood, believes the proposed FEMA maps are out of date and indicate incorrect elevations. Taken in 2008 in a series of fly-overs for Department of Natural Resources watershed work, the elevation data is likely off target by one to one and a half feet. It may not sound like much, but the firm has indicated it could be a critical difference to those structures.

FEMA would require flood insurance, as well as a flood elevation certificate, for the structures found within interior flooding elevations. Areas zoned by maps requiring insurance will need to attain a flood elevation certificate, the process which is intensive, requiring a 3-page report for each home or affected structure. “It’s been the city’s goal all along, to avoid flood insurance, when rebuilding the levee and drainage systems. Now they’re worried about what’s going on inside the levees,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

A proposal for a cooperative study between Barr Engineering and Otomo Engineering has been recommended. The Interior Flood Reduction Feasibility Study would correctly map the elevations and define potential mitigation options by conducting survey work and defining options. Furthermore, the study, which includes data points on the ground within 1/10 of an inch, has the ability to influence the FEMA mapping.

The cost of the work to determine elevations and develop methods of mitigation comes in at $33,459. “It’s expensive,” added Sarvi. “We certainly never planned for this.” Even if some structures are found to be within the flood zones after corrected elevations, there are options to use the data to determine ways to get them out of it. Mitigation efforts could include a series of pumps, adjusting elevations at locations, increasing storm water pip .....
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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Rushford ends union battle

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city. In and prior to December 2012, Rushford ..... 
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Frost freezes out Rushford residents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endl ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following t ..... 
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Rushford/F&L arbitration details still under wraps

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A closed meeting was held January 13, just prior to the regular city council to meet with City Attorney Terry Chiglo and attorney Robert Aslop of Kennedy & Graven. Aslop represents F&L Management & Development and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC (Tom ..... 
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No 2014 levy increase for Rushford

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

One of several hot topics of the evening, the council again addressed the 2014 budget and levy at length at the Monday, December 23 meeting. The budget sub-committee and city staff had worked together and recommended a 2.02 percent increase earlier ..... 
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Rushford approves third officer unanimously

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After two months of discussion and the item brought before the council on three occasions, with at least one decision ending in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city council approved the hiring of a third, full-time police officer. The city has held a thi ..... 
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