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Rushford discusses upgrades, land surveys, bluff issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

Rushford, Minn. has seen its share of upgrades in the last six years of recovery from massive flooding. Several upgrades were revealed by the flood itself and even more revealed by those initial upgrades. As the work is being done on the western portion of Highway 16, engineers have discovered multiple issues.

One issue is an undersized storm sewer line, with reversed sloping. Otomo Engineering has drawn plans to upgrade the pipe and correct the drainage issues while the state has the highway torn up. Two lines in a catch basin are also an issue and will likely be upgrades. One other property on along the highway has a “saddle” on its small line, which isn’t properly connected to the service main and already has two breaks.

“How do we move forward and prevent this type of substandard connections to our system that end up causing us grief” asked Councilor Vern Bunke, referring to the pipe connections and construction. “Moving forward, I’d like to see better policies and procedures to make sure we’re getting our money’s worth not just getting the work done.”

“The type of materials and the connection are two separate issues,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “With the materials, it’s no different than anything else that was acceptable at one time and isn’t now.”

“One of our duties as a council is to make sure that council isn’t sitting here years from now dealing with this. We need to do the best for the community,” added Councilor Mark Honsey.

The council unanimously approved the proposal from Otomo Engineering for the storm sewer reconstruction project. The bid was awarded to TJ’s Trucking & Excavating, Winona, Minn. for a cost of $34,389.

The council also approved having Blumentritt Land Survey to conduct a survey of the proposed Rushford Inn site north of Highway 16 to properly identify other city property and easements; either existing or to be established. “The city owns property to the east, but there’s no exact survey of the properties. We need to delineate where the utilities are,” said Sarvi. “We need to determine storm water collections, protect utilities, and define the easement.”

“If the city needs a utility easement, now is the time to get it,” added Josh DeFrang, of Otomo Engineering. The city is also considering an alley on the east, with possible restric .....
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Rushford seeks land values on properties

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The city is seeking professional appraisals on two of its properties; the lot immediately west of the fire hall and the community center and lot in the Himlie Business Park. With parties interested in both locations, City Admini ..... 
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Make it great, make it grow

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner So what’s in a name, or in a brand for that matter? One can hardly think of a city other than New York when you see a big red heart preceded by the letter “I.” What about our small towns? Can they build a lasting public im ..... 
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Rushford aims to reduce comprehensive plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The city has entered into an agreement with Yaggy Colby Associates for professional planning services in an effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The plan was last updated in 2008 and so after the flood, changes were ..... 
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Rushford cancels City Hall project, for now

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At least for the time being, Rushford’s city hall will remain at its present location. Plans to convert the former municipal liquor store into new city hall have stalled more than once due to cost and funding. The council vote ..... 
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Rushford Community Foundation seeking proposals for grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Community Foundation is seeking proposals for projects or programs that fit the foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The foundation supports new and innovative projects or programs that improve the quality of life and build on existi ..... 
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Rushford reverses decision due to grievance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The on-going debate over staffing needs within Rushford’s Public Works department is on again. Public Works had long lobbied for staff member Curt Courrier’s 36-hour per week position to be transitioned to full-time, based on increasing workload ..... 
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Rushford puts halt to contract mowing for 2013

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After a lengthy process to determine potential cost savings of contracted versus public works mowing of the city’s 135 acres of land, the city will sit on the idea of contract mowing for this season. The idea, led by Councilor Roger Colbenson, cou ..... 
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Rushford looks at ambulance service needs

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While Rushford has a strong, viable ambulance service, other communities are not as fortunate and their need may prompt changes to the service’s coverage area. The state sets the coverage boundaries for municipal services and a lack of rural servi ..... 
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