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Rushford grants Highway 43 project time extension


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

As expected, the city has received and approved a request from McHugh Excavating for a time extension for the Highway 43 project. While McHugh will continue to do all work items, excepting a few items that had been planned for spring 2015, as long as weather permits per Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) standard specifications. The change order allows extension to June 15, 2015.

Residents anxious to see the project completed will see the majority of work done, but city administrator Steve Sarvi laid out which items will have to wait for better weather. The plan intended to have everything except the final wear course of asphalt paving, sodding, and striping completed in 2014. This method would allow for traffic compaction over the roadway during the freeze/thaw of the winter months, an aid in road construction. However, it now appears that the portion of the road, from Jessie Street north to the Rush Creek Bridge may have asphalt on the main driving surface only and the roadway edges left until spring. Additionally, some curb and gutter may need temporary filling with gravel or other rock. The use of blanketing or concrete accelerants will not be allowed and MnDOT will not allow concrete work if the ground is frozen.

Sarvi also noted that it wouldn’t make sense to complete concrete work to lesser standards than specified in project contracts. If the concrete work did not hold up properly, which would be likely, the city may have a hard time arguing that McHugh redo the work since it would not have been done to appropriate standards.

“It would have been nice to see the same initiative that we’ve seen in the last three days over the last month,” noted Councilor Mark Honsey.

Hiccups in the project timeline have come largely due to MnDOT aversion to contract incentives. The city had asked for incentives early on, to keep the project moving towards completion prior to November 26, but was informed that MnDOT did not allow them. However, Sarvi went on to note that MnDOT has used similar contract incentives, such as for the I-35 project in the metro area. “Apparently, it is something they do, just not in small towns.”

Work will continue on the roadway until weather shuts crews down. Travelers in and through Rushford should continue to take caution through detoured areas.

Electrical work related to the project is expected to be completed in December. The p .....
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford hires full-time officer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Police Department is in the midst of several staffing changes, following the recent resignations of officers Wade Anderson and Cody Bellock. The department was comprised of three full-time officers and one part-time officer, Ryan Quanr ..... 
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Rushford council approves ordinance change allowing hunt

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a public hearing Monday, September 22, the Rushford council unanimously approved changes to two ordinances that could potentially pave the way for in-city deer hunting. The topic has been up for discussion for several years and during the ..... 
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Public meeting for repurposing R-P school complex in Rushford, Minn.

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

RUSHFORD,Minn.-September 25, 2014 – The Vision for Repurposing the R-P School Complex subcommittee is holding an open house to share concept sketches developed over the past month. The open house will be held on October 2, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the R ..... 
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Rushford reviews lodging tax; sets preliminary levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford will be reviewing the expenditure of funds raised by the three percent lodging tax currently in place. Spurred by input from new, local motel owners John and Eileen Loken, the effort will be geared towards further clarification ..... 
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Rushford looking at budget limits; future development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In September, the Rushford City Council will need to certify the maximum levy to the county and city staff is wasting no time working out the limitations and goals of the 2015 budget. For four years, the city has seen a 0 percent increase in the lev ..... 
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