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Rushford runs into MnDOT stumbling block


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The massive Highway 43 project slated for Rushford, Minn. in 2014 continues to create headaches for the city. Already dealing with having to give up the city’s main thoroughfare for the duration of the project, it now seems that the decision over a route bypass is being haggled over.

The city had acquired verbal agreement with MnDOT personnel for the bypass, which was slated to run from Highway 43/North Mill Street, west down Pine Meadows Lane and turning onto Eiken Drive, east on Nannestad Lane, and continuing south on North Prairie Street before turning east again on East Park Street. Given engineering caution that such a bypass could cause significant damage to the streets, the city spent $46,000 sealcoating the route as a proactive measure. “We said, ‘That’ll be our bypass. We’ll sealcoat, then MnDOT can come back and mill and overlay,’” said City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “Then, they got someone new in the office and they asked, ‘Do you have it in writing?’ If they’re going to play that way, that’s no way to do business.”

“It’s our intention to prohibit all trucks and divert them away from the city,” added Sarvi. “That’s where we got into a contest with MnDOT. We can’t tear up street, then go back and repair, having to assess for street repairs. That’s not fair.” Details are still being worked out for truck traffic originating within the city, as well, with stress being put on finishing areas in front of R-P Schools and Farmers’ Cooperative Elevator first.

MnDOT will contribute $1.5 million to the project, but no more. The logistics of another route involve too narrow streets, hills, and just 2 inches of pavement over a crushed rock base on a majority of side streets, which would be “pulverized,” according to Sarvi.

The city will continue to meet with MnDOT and the ADA to go through the bypass details. “We will have to change bypass route slightly,” cautioned Sarvi.

In what’s been another extremely drawn-out process, the city is working with Otomo Engineering and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to iron out issues with the John Dammen North Mill Street property. A court hearing was held recently in Preston, Minn. with the MPCA, the State Attorney General’s Office, and Fillmore County demanding that the failing system be brought up to code. Now, three years after having the private .....
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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 th ..... 
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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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