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Rushford grabs opportunity during project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

With the Highway 43 Project slated to begin Monday, June 30, the Rushford Electric Commission is considering expanding lighting upgrades along the highway corridor. The lighting will be temporarily removed for the project, so the commission will seize the chance to upgrade all lighting while the roadway is disrupted.

The commission has worked to determine the scope of the project with engineer Tom Nigon and has determined the best course of action is to replace all lighting with LED due to significant cost savings. In addition, it is considered replacement of wooden poles with steel. However, following a recommendation from downtown business leaders, the commission is considering upgrading all lighting to decorative steel poles/heads as well.

Of the 36 current poles, 11, from Grove Street north and along west end of Harry Street, are wooden. Of the 27 metal poles, within the in the central business district, five need replacement due to rusting. The consensus is that changing all poles to a decorative style will make the Highway 43 corridor uniform. “The thinking was, if streets are going to be torn up, this is a chance to upgrade,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

The estimated cost for complete upgrades is $430,354, however, it was noted that the estimate is an “all-in,” inflated cost. The city has several opportunities for further savings on the project by ordering direct, saving 5-8 percent of the project cost, as well as reusing the conduit. The bids for the project will be split in order to account for these.

The commission has considered several styles of decorative lighting, but will be looking for public input on the options. A six to eight week order time will allow for public review and comment. The city has authorized a bid package to be put together. The commission will make a decision in July to put forward to the city for approval.

Financial consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, noted that there are special rules for electric debt, but it can be done with special considerations. The commission would likely spend down a portion of its reserves for the project leaving just $200,000 to be bonded. Bubany suggested having the bond funded by a local bank or several local banks. Another option would be to fund bond amount through a Minnesota Rural Water Association microloan. For amounts of $250,000 or less and seven years or less, Bubany noted the micr .....
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Rushford preps for Highway 43 project, deals with illegal dumping

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Indications of the impending road project are starting to become noticeable and the city is making strides to make sure that local traffic and visitors know that the city businesses are open. Large construction signs bearing “Road Closed” warnin ..... 
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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 di ..... 
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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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