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Rushford approves third officer unanimously


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After two months of discussion and the item brought before the council on three occasions, with at least one decision ending in a deadlocked 2-2 vote, the city council approved the hiring of a third, full-time police officer. The city has held a third position for over a decade. In the wake of a resignation from former officer Chris Frick, Chief Adam Eide sought to move part-time officer Wade Anderson into the position. At the November 12 meeting, Councilor Vern Bunke asked the council to step back and evaluate the need before locking the city into a union contract. The debate has continued since.

In an open letter to Chief Eide, Bunke cited the point of the discussions as two topics. One, “An appropriate level of patrol provided for the safety of all City of Rushford taxpayers.” According to Bunke, patrol options included “use of three full-time officers and relying on a minimum usage of part-time officers to complete the patrol schedule,” “use of two full-time officers and a heavier reliance on use of part-time officers,” and “use of additional community resources as they are available to assist the officer on duty.” This last option brought its own share of debate.

Community members, business members, local business owners, and members of local emergency personnel all noted that while community involvement and safety support is beneficial, it may not measure up to or replace police service. However, increased public support is a goal of both the city and the police chief to gain ‘multipliers’ to police efforts.

Bunke’s second point of discussion, “Significant savings attained with wise management of time and efforts that reflect fiscal responsibility to the citizens,” also resonated with some.

Eide admitted that there is an initial savings in using part-time officers in lieu of a full-time officer, but said there were more points to consider that would quickly eroded those potential savings. Without having to hire another full-time officer, the city would need additional 6-8 part-time officers, bringing the department to 10-12 part-time positions to compensate for scheduling. With Rushford’s lower wage scale and part-time officers typically looking for full-time placement, the turnover is high and each officer that leaves then triggers the process over again with new candidates, according to City Administrator Steve Sarvi. Added training, equipping, physical and psych .....
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Rushford debates police staffing, coverage

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The ongoing issue over whether or not to fill the police department vacancy left by recently resigned, full-time officer Chris Frick continues to bring out public support and heated debate. Police Chief Adam Eide came before the council on November ..... 
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Houston switching to Independent Emergency Services system

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Houston City Council convened on November 12 for their monthly meeting. At the meeting the council made many important decisions regarding the town. One decision was in regard to the town’s Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Devel ..... 
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Rushford moves projects, motel forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

It’s been a long road for several underway Rushford projects. Time delays, special agreements, and plan modification have hampered at least two, but both projects are now moving favorably forward. Not wanting to further hinder the wait time on t ..... 
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Rushford moving forward with multiple projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The end of a long process in getting a motel in downtown Rushford is almost over. Following a public hearing and a recommendation from the Economic Development Authority (EDA), the city council has approved a $500,000 EDA revolving loan fund subsidy ..... 
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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 th ..... 
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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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