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Rushford opens up discussion on Highway 43 project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The state has slated 2014 for a major overhaul of Highway 43 running through the heart of Rushford. According to WHKS project engineer Tim Hruska, the cooperative effort between the city and MNDoT must be done due to rapidly aging water and utility needs. “The water in this area was installed in 1895 and we have records of sewer being installed as late as 1938. It’s badly in need of repair. There are sections of roadway that are deteriorating as well that will needs to be replaced in applicable areas.”

There is municipal agreement program between the city and state, which is why the project is being done per MNDoT schedule. “The city has a need for infrastructure,” added Hruska. “MNDoT has a need for the highway. This is both entities having a need a teaming together fund project all at once.”

MNDoT is also looking at the project leading up to environmental work which needs to be conducted, namely looking for potentially contaminated sites. “Phase One will be a documentation and site review,” continued Hruska. “Phase Two will entail physical exploration on site, including soil borings to determine the extent of any contamination. We need to know what we’re dealing with.”

Three representatives from MNDoT were on hand at a city hosted open house for the public regarding the project; head of design Mike Kempinger, project manager Jeff Bunch, and public relations director Kristin Kammueller. The group spoke with roughly 30 to 50 residents and business owners about the project to gather suggestions and field questions of concern. The project details and schedule are, at this point, preliminary.

The next step is a geometric layout, including the affected sections. Preliminary plan submittal is slated for April and a second public meeting will likely be held in May. Once utility coordination is in place, formal plan submittal and cooperative agreements for funding will be worked through between August and October. Final plans will be turned into MNDoT in October to make way for January 2014 bid letting. At that point, the project engineers will return to the city to get approval for the geometric layout. Preliminary assessment proceedings for the project are expected in April and a public input meeting, with the selected contractor on board, is slated for May or June 2014. Construction would start as road restrictions come off and hopefully finish by October.

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Rushford moves forward with potential USDA project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The city is drawing closer to a go-ahead for the renovation of the former municipal liquor store to a new city hall. A loan resolution with the USDA Rural Development Office was signed on September 24 of last year in order to fund the proposed proje ..... 
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Rushford sets levy, looks for cost savings

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Last week, the council tabled setting the levy for the 2013 budget to allow for further review of the budget. Following an in-depth discussion of line item areas, the council proceeded with setting the levy at $740,000, a 0 percent increase from 201 ..... 
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Rushford looking at no levy increase

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Municipalities within the state must certify the levy to the county auditor on or before five working days after December 20 each year. With that date rapidly approaching, a Rushford budget subcommittee of city staff, Mayor Chris Hallum, and council ..... 
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R-P gears up for referendum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

R-P is moving forward with preparations and its Yes Campaign for a new, $15 million pre-K through grade 5 facility. Recently, brochures highlighting the upcoming referendum in the district were mailed out to district residents. There was some concer ..... 
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Rushford considers deer hunting within city limits

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

As a topic of interest that’s been ruminating for some time, the city council once again discussed the possibility of allowing the harvesting of deer within its borders. The city and its residents have been the roaming grounds of an excess deer po ..... 
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Rushford continues strategy talks

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Staff and the 5-man council continue to work diligently to hammer out the goals and ideas of the city’s strategic plan. This week, talk turned to both Planning and Zoning, as well as the Tree Board. The Planning and Zoning Commission will be upd ..... 
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Rushford delves into strategic planning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

After the first of several scheduled strategic planning meetings, Rushford’s council and administrative staff is developing a clearer picture of the future of the city. Guided by nine strategies for success, three key topics, including the Public ..... 
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Rushford sets preliminary levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Government

Having no increase last year, the city council has preliminarily set the 2013 budget levy at 2.9 percent. The increase would garner $762,000 in funding for the city, which City Administrator Steve Sarvi indicated would assist in building back fund b ..... 
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