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Rushford approved R-P site plan; landowner continues to object


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, September 14 Rushford Council meeting had several in attendance, including Rushford-Peterson District Superintendent Chuck Ehler, R-P School Board Chairman John Linder, and Ron Spoden, Landscape Architect with architectural and engineering firm ATS&R. According to the agenda statement, site plan details have been under review for several months by ATS&R, Otomo Engineering, Public Works, and the Planning and Zoning Commission. Included in discussion were setbacks, parking, handicapped parking, loading berth, drainage, land disturbance regulations, utilities, landscaping, traffic flow, and general plans.

The council discussed preliminary site plans at the August 24 council meeting, but tabled a decision pending clarification of certain items. The new plan review highlighted updates and clarifications, as well as subsequent agreements reached between engineers. “We’re in compliance with all city ordinances, rules, and regulations,” noted Ehler. ATS&R CE – “In compliance with all city ordinances, rules, and regulations.” ATS&R and Otomo Engineering have worked cooperatively on clearing up detail items, although the city notes there are still some details, including double checking calculations, which need to be checked.

Included in the clarification were details on utilities, specifically water utility. According to engineer’s comments, the city is not requiring the installation of ductal iron waterline, although it is preferred. Should plastic piping be used, a tracer wire would be required. The city plans to assume control of the ductal iron water main after installation only on the east and west portions of the building. This portion contains “stub-outs” and will be provided to allow other residents to connect to the main via lateral line installation. The school will maintain control from these points around the back side of the structure.

Adjacent landowner to the school site, Glen Palecek, was present at the meeting and presented the council with a letter noting a violation of his access easement of 66 feet on the south and east boundary of the school site. Palececk has presented several such letters at both school district meetings and city council meetings. He maintains his legal counsel has advised him that the school is infringing on his access rights by putting several items on the plan, such as a concrete turn around, signs, and one hydrant, in the easement which he states is .....
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural ..... 
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural ..... 
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Rushford hires new public works director

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council formally approved the hire of Roger Knutson for the position of Public Works Director Monday, August 10. The position, which had been held by Jeff Copley, was declared vacant at the July 27 meeting, following Copley’s req ..... 
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Rushford approves subsidy, lot rezoning as community center sale proceeds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The future of the former community center, a one-time hope and frequent thorn in the side of the city, has now been sealed. Pending final closing of the sale, the building will be sold to Win-Tech Electronics, Inc. The sale was approved by the counc ..... 
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Rushford rejects airport bid; approves hearings for sale of former community center

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford Municipal Airport Commission has received and rejected a bid for an airport fuel tank replacement and upgrade project. The lone bid for the estimated $240,000 project came in 25% higher than engineer’s projections. According to City Admin ..... 
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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Rushford approves offer for community center sale; new city engineer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, June 22 Rushford Council meeting brought the long-awaited news of an offer to purchase the former community center, ending a nearly 6-year saga. Located at 1108 Miller Circle, in the Himlie Business Park, the center was initially approve ..... 
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Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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