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Rushford hits at rate changes, law enforcement trends


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Discussion from the December 8 council meeting, regarding water and sewer rate structure and charges, continued December 22. The city is eyeing plans to address operating needs, capital improvement, debt service, and existing shortfalls. Any rate changes, if approved, will take effect February 1, 2015.

Citing past auditor reports, it was noted that historical increases in water rates have successfully created a positive fund balance, but the sewer fund has continued to lose money. City administrator Steve Sarvi cautioned that if no action is taken, the sewer fund will be in deficit soon. Additionally, future projects anticipated for the sewer treatment plant will only heighten the problem if rates are not adjusted.

Mandatory implementation of a Department of Natural Resources conservation rater rule is also at play. The new rule encourages less consumption or face higher payments. To mediate the issues, the city is considering several options and modifications. The highlights of the recommendations include:

•Water will be billed monthly instead of quarterly so that residents have timely access to their water use and cost. Residents can make changes to water use to manage their own costs.

•Charges for water meter sizes have been removed.

•The proposed Water Base Rate will not increase. Lower tiered rates reflect minimum increases. The higher users will see the most increase in cost however that meets the requirement of the DNR conservation rate.

•The sewer base rate will increase to reflect the need to increase sewer fun balances. The Phase II Sewer Treatment Project is included in the new fees. A smaller increase to the rate is being recommended, with future increases determined on an as needed basis.

•Sewer charges are based upon a Residential Equivalent Unit (REU) so that higher end users can be compared to lower users. The number of REUs is capped so that this fee doesn’t become exorbitant to high end users.

•Water and sewer charges from other communities are available for review. Cities that have upgraded water and/or sewer treatment plants have rates similar to the ones recommended by staff. Several communities also include a per gallon charge for sewer which raises their fees above ours.

“If we don’t do the rate increase, we seem to have money, but projects are coming. We should set aside a little now to pre .....
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Fire Department receives massive donation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Christmas has come early for the Rushford Fire Department. December 17, representatives from Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) presented the department with a $20,000 donation to the volunteer department to be used for the purchase of equipment. Seizin ..... 
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Rushford considers rate changes

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A work session regarding proposed changes to water and sewer rate changes was held prior to the Monday, December 8 council meeting with Bill Chang and Mark Lundgren of MSA Professional Services. The rates modification seeks to address operating ne ..... 
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Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present. The most in-d ..... 
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute i ..... 
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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 a ..... 
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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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