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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 weren’t made. “Each planning commission just kept adding things,” noted City Clerk Kathy Zacher.

The current planning commission has identified areas in need of simplifying and consolidating. Areas with statistical data and charts also must be updated with current information. “The plan has over 21 goals,” added City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “It should be three or four for the whole works.” Changes such as removing the housing study, which is addressed elsewhere, are expected.

The city will split the scope and cost of the reduction project over two years to better budget for the cost. It is not to exceed $10,000 with some updating being done in house to lower costs.

The city has also approved an extension of $30,000 in funding to GForce Ink from an existing funding already in place to the local firm. Repayment on the extension and original loan, plus capitalized interest, will begin in August and November, respectively. It will be paid in increments to allow for the launching of the rSchoolToday on-line program.

Available in more than 4,200 schools, the program brings a level of excitement to both the company and the community. In a unique setup, similar to Amazon with its multiple vendors, schools can go to one online location for all their needs with the money going in all. This attracts vendors, due to the large number of schools, providing an e-commerce platform for them. It also provides competitive purchasing for schools, which the program was driven and requested by. Three patents have currently been completed by GForce Ink out of Rushford, with two of them being related to this program.

There was some difficulty in coming up with funding to get the program running. Administrator Sarvi noted that the vote which led to the recommendation before the council was approved in a two to one vote. “There were concerns of the program would be unable to perform.” Now, the program can go online when schools are winding down and the system can be worked out before schools are back in session. “Everything up (on line) so you can be ready to go right out of the gate. The feeling was, let’s get Geoff the money so he ca .....
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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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Rushford opens up discussion on Highway 43 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The state has slated 2014 for a major overhaul of Highway 43 running through the heart of Rushford. According to WHKS project engineer Tim Hruska, the cooperative effort between the city and MNDoT must be done due to rapidly aging water and utility ..... 
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Rushford moves forward with potential USDA project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The city is drawing closer to a go-ahead for the renovation of the former municipal liquor store to a new city hall. A loan resolution with the USDA Rural Development Office was signed on September 24 of last year in order to fund the proposed proje ..... 
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Rushford sets levy, looks for cost savings

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Last week, the council tabled setting the levy for the 2013 budget to allow for further review of the budget. Following an in-depth discussion of line item areas, the council proceeded with setting the levy at $740,000, a 0 percent increase from 201 ..... 
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