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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 force for the future of the facilities.

“The committee would have the same task, although with a different flavor to it, as our Facilities Task Force did. Now, with information from the fiscal impact study and the demographic study, we can come up with viable plans for how to address the future needs of the district,” he noted at the July 29 school board meeting. “It’ll be more of an effort to update facilities. With more information available, we’ll be able to get more solid numbers. It’s a more concentrated effort to get a solid foundation to work off of.”

The committee already has 36 interested persons, but it is unclear how many will serve. In addition, ATS&R has been hired to facilitate the work of the committee and lead them through a series of four meetings. Upon their review, the committee is expected to develop a recommendation for board consideration for the upgrade of district facilities. The outcomes of the interactive meetings will be published on the district website and made available to local media. In the end, ATS&R would coordinate the information from the committee in hopes of leading to a successful bond levy.

“I think it would help to get the information out there, which is what the public asked for,” noted board member Julie Koop.

“More direction from the community is something that I seek,” echoed board chair Angela Colbenson.

The four meetings are scheduled for August 14 and 27 and September 11 and 25. The district hopes to have the work of the Future Facilities Committee completed by mid-October.

Recent public discussion of the superintendent’s contract was also a topic of the evening. Peterson, who’d written a July 21 Letter to the Editor in regards to Ehler’s contract, had a laundry list of over 12 items he found in error on the contract and expressed concern over Colbenson’s actions in securing Ehler’s contract temporarily.

This past spring, the board made the decision to settle the teachers’ contracts first and then the superintendent’s. To date, the teachers’ contracts are still unsettled. Meanwhile, Ehler’s contract expired June 30. Per Minneso .....
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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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Rushford cancels City Hall project, for now

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At least for the time being, Rushford’s city hall will remain at its present location. Plans to convert the former municipal liquor store into new city hall have stalled more than once due to cost and funding. The council vote ..... 
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Rushford Community Foundation seeking proposals for grants

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Community Foundation is seeking proposals for projects or programs that fit the foundation’s grantmaking priorities. The foundation supports new and innovative projects or programs that improve the quality of life and build on existi ..... 
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Rushford reverses decision due to grievance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

The on-going debate over staffing needs within Rushford’s Public Works department is on again. Public Works had long lobbied for staff member Curt Courrier’s 36-hour per week position to be transitioned to full-time, based on increasing workload ..... 
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Rushford puts halt to contract mowing for 2013

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

After a lengthy process to determine potential cost savings of contracted versus public works mowing of the city’s 135 acres of land, the city will sit on the idea of contract mowing for this season. The idea, led by Councilor Roger Colbenson, cou ..... 
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