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Rushford hears preliminary report on Highway 43


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

With the start of the massive Highway 43 project drawing nearer, a preliminary feasibility report was presented to the city by Otomo Engineering. The details of the $3.5 million project have been laid out.

The city is already painfully aware of the conditions of some of the utilities that lay under the stretch of roadway, many of which were worsened by flooding six years ago. Six-inch clay pipe and six or eight-inch cast iron pipe with web joints, laid in 1885 have be deteriorating and causing excessive inflow and infiltration. Pipes south of Jessie Street laid prior to 1959 are also in poor condition.

Existing sanitary sewer and water services will be removed and replaced from the main to the street right of way line. In the case of business properties downtown, the services will be replaced from the main to five feet from any existing building located within five feet outside of the street right of way line. The city is requiring property owner’s sewer or water lines in poor condition or with outdated/unsafe materials be replaced. In those cases, the individuals will be responsible for the cost from the right of way line to their properties.

The street improvements expected include street widening or even slight narrowing, in some portions, to create a consistent corridor to MnDOT standards. The roadway has also been designed by MnDOT for appropriate traffic load and will be created by a 6 inch bituminous layer with an 8 inch crushed rock base with an 18 inch sand sub-base. All sidewalks and curb will be replaced. MnDOT will also set the rules on the accessibility standards, slopes, and headramps for sidewalks.

Concern over compaction and subsoils are an issue and it was suggested that a non-permeable fabric be placed below the sand to prevent water from climbing up into the road base. Compaction tests will be conducted on the rock and soil before work can proceed. Additionally, line crossings within 24 inches of each other will be insulated to prevent shifting soils. “These projects don’t go hunky dory smooth because of the age of the system,” noted Josh DeFrang of Otomo Engineering. “We fix an area and another breaks. That’s why we’ll be here on site.” City Public Works will also be on site to address any issues that arise immediately.

The project is expected to be let for bids in January. With the size of the project and state funding involved, engineers expect to .....
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Rushford Hypersonic seeks and gets controversial funding

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

A full house packed city hall for the Monday, August 26 council meeting in Rushford, Minn. The joint meeting of the council and the Economic Development Authority (EDA) included a public hearing regarding futher funding of Rushford Hypersonic. After ..... 
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Rushford prepares to lease former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Finally, the long wait to see the vacant community center may be at an end. Approved in November of 2009, the ground was broken for the center that December, and the center was partially constructed in 2010 by F&L Development. A ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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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 do ..... 
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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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