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New Rushford councilors take oath


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

The first meeting of the Rushford City Council for the year began with new councilors Terri Benson and Jim O’Donnell taking the oath of office. Also taking the oath was Mayor Chris Hallum, who is serving his third term. The new councilors dove right into the agenda, along with Hallum and councilor Vern Bunke. Councilor Mark Honsey was absent.

Approving the consent agenda, highlighting six department reports and recaps of building and zoning permits and aquatic center revenue, expenses, and fee schedules, the council moved into general business. First up was a recommendation from Rushford Chief of Police Adam Eide to retain the services of Isaiah Bunke and Dalton Bellock. Both men will work in a part-time capacity for the department. Bunke is already fully licensed and Eide noted Bellock is eligible to be fully licensed.

Eide noted that both men grew up in the community and studied at Alexandria Technical & Community College. “It’s hard to get started in law enforcement,” added Eide. “It’s a goal of mine to help those who want to get started.” The officers would likely cover weekend shifts and fill in as needed. Rather than a specific number of hours being worked, City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Zacher stated that typically, part-time officers operate within a set budgeted number. The recommendation was approved unanimously by the council.

The addition of the officers brings the department roster to three full-time officers, including Chief Eide and officers Nathan Klinski and David Huse, and two part-time officers. Eide and City Administrator Steve Sarvi noted that the department will continue to search for at least two more part-time officers, as is generally done in smaller municipalities. The department will also be comprised of several reserve officers.

The council has set January 25, at 6:30 p.m., as the date for a public hearing regarding an amendment to the Lodging Tax Ordinance. Lodging establishments within the city pay a set 3% tax on rooms occupied. The money is aimed at increasing tourism in the city. Amendments to the ordinance include designating the funds to the Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber of Commerce for the Chamber Board of Directors to administer for marking and tourism promotional efforts. The ordinance amendment also moves to include city-owned camping revenue as a source of lodging tax dollars.

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Rushford Council approves 2016 levy and land sale

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Government

At the last meeting of 2015, a snowy January 28, the Rushford Council approved setting the final budget and property tax levy, taxes payable year 2016, at $790,000. After months of discussion on options for expense reductions and long-term strategic ..... 
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Rushford waits on levy certification; sees changes to EDA Micro-Loans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford is proposing a 6.7% increase in the levy. This equates to $790,000. The city levy has remained unchanged, at $740,000 since 2011. This is broken down to a 7.7% increase in debt service and a reduction of 1.01% in operating expenses. The cit ..... 
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Rushford approves assessments; discusses library fund cuts

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 30th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner There were more than a dozen interested community members at the Monday, November 23 Rushford Council meeting as the council discussed several items impacting many. First on agenda business was a public hearing to receive comme ..... 
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Rushford sets public hearing for assessments

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A public hearing for assessments related to the 2014 Municipal Improvement Project, Highway 43/Mill Street Street Improvement Project, has been set for Monday, November 23, at 6:30 p.m., at city hall. Persons owning property affected by the improvem ..... 
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Rushford council will see new faces

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Changes to the Rushford City Council are on the horizon. While not yet canvassed and accepted by the city, results from November 3 voting indicate Incumbent Roger Colbenson has lost his council seat following a write-in campaign that appointed two n ..... 
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Rushford council discusses engineering changes, school permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

In a surprisingly brief Monday, October 26 meeting, the Rushford council swiftly detailed a public works purchase, a change to banking services, street work, engineering changes, and local discussions over school site permitting. At the October 13 ..... 
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Rushford approves subdivision ordinance addition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford city council held a public hearing Tuesday, October 13 during its regular council meeting. Public comment was taken regarding an amendment to the subdivision regulations ordinance of the larger zoning ordinance. Only one person, Glen Pa ..... 
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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 ..... 
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