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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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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford The Great Outdoors

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Everett R. Dolalie

Thu, Jun 26th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Everett R. Dolalie 78, of Rushford, Minn. died on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Steven’s Place in Minnetonka, Minn. Everett was born on April 23, 1936, in Rushford to Carl and Christine (Thompson) Dolalie. He was raised in Rushford and graduated fr ..... 
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Charlotte E. Larson

Wed, Jun 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Charlotte E. Larson, age 98, of rural Rushford, Minn., died Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at Green Lea Senior Living in Mabel, Minn.. Charlotte was born October 28, 1915 in Norway Township, Fillmore County, Minn. to John and Hilda (Smestad) Dragvold. She ..... 
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Ardis Winifred (Peterson) Meinecke

Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Ardis Winifred (Peterson) Meinecke was born on April 9, 1918, in Rushford, Fillmore County, Minn. She was the third child of Helmer and Lettie (Bathrick) Peterson. Ardis was baptized and confirmed in her faith at Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford ..... 
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Virginia Marie LaFleur

Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Virginia Marie LaFleur, 92 of Rushford, Minn., died Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Marie Elvina Virginia Fosness LaFleur was born October 30, 1921 in Rugby, North Dakota to Ole and Marie (Roksvaag) Fosness. In a family of ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Tue, Jun 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, accordin ..... 
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Highway 43 construction begins in Rushford

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a detour in Rushford when construction begins soon on Highway 43 in a project that will replace the street and improve curb, gutter, sidewalks and utilities along a one-mile stretch in the city, according ..... 
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