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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Hamilton Peterson arriving late to the meeting, barely minutes prior to councilor Chad Rasmussen being dismissed on a fire call. Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Dennis Overland were in attendance.

The bulk of discussion focused on recent flood mitigation meetings attended by zoning administrator Jon Pettit. “There’s a ton of stuff. It’s amazing how much they go through,” he stated. “The problem for us is getting the new map approved.” Currently, the Village, as well as other municipalities and counties throughout the state, are utilizing proposed maps. Some of these are being contested regarding accuracy. “We’re not going to get one soon. The levees in the county are not meeting requirements. They haven’t jumped through the hoops and they won’t give us the go-ahead until the whole county is approved,” continued Pettit.

One Village property has already completed a Flood & Community Acknowledgement Form Request, which is a letter seeking map amendment to FEMA. From their understanding, as the Pettit put it, there are seeking to get out of proposed flood plain mapping and asking the city to verify paperwork and forward it on. The Village is expecting at least one other property to do likewise. There is some muddled details on the paperwork, however, including whether or not a Village representative would be looked at as a community flood plain management official.

“There are only 900 communities in the United States that have that designation,” added councilor Overland. “We don’t want to do that.”

Largely, the issue with the Village being put in that role is liability. City Attorney Tom Manion noted that the form was unclear and more information would be needed. It was also suggested that if the Village cannot assist with the issue, documentation could be forwarded to appropriate flood mitigation representatives within the state. The city voted to seek further clarification on the matter.

In other news, five applications for an open full-time Public Works and Maintenance position have been accepted. The applicants are Jerry Benedict, Kyle Chiglo, Evan Meier, Scott Rislov, and Travis Scheck. The council has invited .....
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Local veteran takes historic tour

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Features

For Rushford’s Mike Hammell, a recent veteran’s tour provided both the trip of a lifetime and cause for further reflection. “This is something I’ve wanted to do,” he notes. “It was my first time back since 1969.” Having served with t ..... 
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Al Gathje joins Merchants Bank as a business banker

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Al Gathje has joined Merchants Bank in Rushford as a Business and Ag Banker. He will help people in the Rushford and Lanesboro area with business and agriculture loans. “We are excited to have Al on our team at Merchants,” ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction ..... 
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R-P addresses referendum rumors, issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

The district continues to address issues regarding the $38 million referendum, specifically those raised at recent forums, which haven’t eased public rumor and speculation. While the cost continues to be a major issue for many, as noted during the ..... 
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Rushford hires full-time officer

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

The Rushford Police Department is in the midst of several staffing changes, following the recent resignations of officers Wade Anderson and Cody Bellock. The department was comprised of three full-time officers and one part-time officer, Ryan Quanr ..... 
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New school proposal in the R-P district

Mon, Oct 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

By Dale Evavold of Rushford, Minn. As is to be expected, there are a range of opinions and ideas about the new school proposal in the R-P district.  I see and hear comments regarding voting for the same issue as before, tax increases, poor buildi ..... 
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