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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A new trail system, developed as part of a Safe Routes to School grant, looks to fill in gaps in Rushford’s pedestrian and biking access to downtown and the new school site. Photo submitted

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The matter was discussed in great detail at the Monday, May 26 meeting. “I’m not usually in favor of moratoriums, but this issue to too complex,” noted City Administrator Steve Sarvi.

Prior to private solar or wind generation connection to the city’s electrical system, the city must develop policies and procedures on interconnection as both a safety measure for the grid and to preempt any issues for both the city and the alternative energy user. A host of policy and permitting guidelines must be developed, following state guidelines. This includes determination of zoning requirement language, technical requirements for interconnection such as location, number of circuits, and rates, determination of metering, and implementation of tariffs and fees.

The city’s wholesale provider, Tri-County Electric Cooperative, will help provide guidance and expertise during the process of developing these policies and procedures. Tri-County Electric has such policies and procedures already in place and the city will hire the cooperative to assist with managing the policy. “The city’s electrical grid is not a kid’s tinker toy setup in the basement,” cautioned City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “We need to be careful who hooks into the system.”

The Rushford Electrical Commission (RME) does not anticipate the process taking a year, but took the measure as a precaution as it looks to enhance the grid, cutting off problematic areas. “We have to make a lot of decisions and recommendations,” added Sarvi. RME will move the process along and will bring policies and standards to the council for review and approval as they are developed.

Three other municipalities are at the same policy stage, according to Sarvi, but none are currently in the process of developing them. He has offered to convene a working group for the issue due to the immense complexity. “It’s going to take some time,” added Sarvi.

Also approved at the meeting was a recommendation for the second phase of the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Infrustructure Grant. In this stage, a consultant has been selected to apply for funding to construct the trail system identified by the planni .....
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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk eng ..... 
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Rushford gets clean audit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford received it’s official annual audit from Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. Financial statements were reviewed May 1 and report was presented by Tom Wente Monday, May 11. There were no significant issues documented in the audit. ..... 
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Letter about wrong-doing in Houston County...

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

To the Editor, The first writing of the U.S. Constitution gave only white male landowners the right to vote. People saw how unjust and mistaken that was. Over the course of our history, the constitution was rewritten to become an inclusive document ..... 
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Rushford clarifies Lodging Tax issues; looks to possible reallocation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford City Council meeting Monday, March 9 followed on the heels of a meeting with representatives from local lodging establishments. Currently, 3 percent of total sales from the establishments, not including campgrounds, is collected by th ..... 
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Rushford completes property sale; looks to the sky

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The city of Rushford is in the process of completing the sale of the former Historic Bluff Country building, at 303 Elm Street, to Doug and Cindy Thesing, owners of Root River Floral. The final sale came in just $300 less than expected, at $39,700 ..... 
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Rushford sees potential bond opportunity

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The Monday, February 9 city meeting was short, at just 43 minutes, but wasn’t lacking in discussion as the council hit on several opportunities for the city, including a bond refinancing of impressive proportions. The opportunity to refinance a ..... 
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Rushford approves rate increases; housing study

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

A Monday, January 26 public hearing, during the Rushford Council meeting, presented very little public, but a good deal of information. The purpose of the hearing was to receive public comment regarding proposed water and sewer rate increases. Mar ..... 
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Rushford approves sale of HBC building

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

The first Rushford Council meeting of 2015, January 12, brought the expected annual housekeeping of boards, committees, meeting dates, and more. It also brought an opportunity for the city to sell a viable piece of downtown property and get the pr ..... 
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