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Rushford approves Hwy. 43 bidder, moves financing forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The start of the anticipated Highway 43 project through the heart of downtown Rushford is drawing closer. Sealed bids were opened May 22 and the bid was awarded May 27 to McHugh Excavating of Onalaska, Wis. in the amount of $2,969,218. The amount did see some minor adjustment, but is very close to engineering estimates. MnDOT is currently reviewing the bid before signing off on it. The city is anticipating getting the green light from the state by June 15.

“We feel we got a good price. We’re good to go,” said Josh DeFrang, engineer for Otomo Engineering. The firm had no concern over only two bidders, largely in part to a thorough pre-bidders meeting with potential contractors. “We found out which companies were hungry and which weren’t,” he added.

Discussed in length at the pre-bidders meeting was the city’s desire to see the project move as quickly as possible, potentially utilizing multiple crews and extended work shifts, to minimize impact to the downtown, school, and Farmers Cooperative Elevator. Details will be hashed out at a construction meeting between the city, engineers, and the contractor. DeFrang did stress that the areas in front of the school and in front of the elevator would be done first. The target project end date is November 15. A structured fee penalty is built into the project should the contractor exceed that date.

While it was estimated that the project could have started earlier, Otomo Engineering found no issue with the perceived delayed schedule. “We’re comfortable getting it done,” noted DeFrang. “The road ban came off just two weeks ago. We don’t feel that we’re behind schedule at all.”

The road is expected to be closed to traffic and a detour has been selected. The north end bridge will be closed for the duration of the project and the south end bridge open. It was suggested that the roadway open to local traffic only once the gravel base was laid, but it would likely create issues with flex points due to settling and compaction. Keeping all traffic off the road also eliminates detour confusion and trucks attempting to utilize downtown streets. The streets immediately to the west and east on the interior side of the north end bridge are impassable for trucks due to a steep hill and a tight turn. All truck traffic is being rerouted around town, utilizing I-90 and Highways 76 and 16.

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“Continued, slow and steady improvement” for Rushford funds

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The city received their annual audit report at the Monday, May 12 meeting from Smith Schafer & Associates and it appears the city is moving in the right direction. There has been no increase in the tax levy in the last three years and the city has ..... 
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Rushford moving forward with business incubator plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

While the Business Incubator Plan is still in draft stages, the city and Economic Development Authority (EDA) are moving forward in seeking grant funding to get the ball rolling. At the Monday, April 28 council meeting, EDA chairman Tom Driscoll took ..... 
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Rushford jumps more hoops

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Following a lengthy process, several years in the making, to formally certify the levee system, the city has once again found itself at the mercy of FEMA requirements. While the process to recertify the levee is underway, FEMA elevation mapping on th ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstr ..... 
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Rushford ends union battle

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

More than one year after the city council first made the decision to set the date for termination of Public Works employee Curt Courrier, the ongoing saga is over and Courrier is back to work for the city. In and prior to December 2012, Rushford ..... 
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Frost freezes out Rushford residents

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a frequent topic of conversation across the tri-state region in recent weeks; record-setting frost levels freezing lines and residents’ access to water. Measured at nearly six feet in some areas, the frost being driven down by the endl ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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End of a long road; Rushford approves legal settlement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Ending a nearly 6-year saga that began in 2009, the city of Rushford has approved a settlement with F&L Management & Development, Inc. (Tom Serie) and Guardian Inn of Rushford, LLC. The matter has been in arbitration since November 2011, following t ..... 
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