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Rushford looking at budget limits; future development


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

In September, the Rushford City Council will need to certify the maximum levy to the county and city staff is wasting no time working out the limitations and goals of the 2015 budget. For four years, the city has seen a 0 percent increase in the levy, currently $740,000. The council has been largely split in recent years over the issue with some stressing the city hold the line and cut spending, while others caution a narrow margin instead leaning towards having a cushion and the ability to bolster the general fund balance.

Adding to the general fund has been a suggestion of past audits and City Administrator Steve Sarvi questioned the council on whether they intend to aim for no increase or if they’d prefer a 1.3 percent increase, bringing the levy to $750,000. The additional funds would be earmarked for the general fund.

“I’ll continue to tell you that every year that goes by, there’s not enough money,” noted Sarvi referencing city projects such as street maintenance. Several of city streets are in need of improvement, having had just minimal upkeep and a healthy general fund balance would allow for funds to be in place for such projects.

Councilor Roger Colbenson cautioned the city debt level, but was quickly refuted. “If former councils would have put money aside, we wouldn’t be in debt right now. Well, 20 years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘Why didn’t they put money aside?’ I’m as proud as you are to hold a zero line, but we can’t stay there forever,” stated Honsey. He went on to note that small incremental increases have less dramatic impact on a community that several years of no increase followed by a large increase of 4 percent or more.

The council will discuss the budget more at the next council meeting before certifying the maximum levy. From that point, the budget may still be reduced, but cannot be increased.

The city has approved a cost-sharing with the Rushford-Peterson School District for services to be provided by Kane & Johnson Architects, Inc. in an amount not to exceed $5,000. The purpose of the consultation is to provide options for the current school facility in Rushford should the $38 million referendum pass this November.

“We walked through some things that give us some options for how the site could be redeveloped,” noted Sarvi referencing a meeting with the architectural firm. “We need to be caref .....
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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Highway 43 detour for culvert repair south of Rushford postponed

Thu, Aug 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A planned one-day detour on Highway 43 south of Rushford has been delayed by weather and will likely be started on Monday, weather permitting. Motorists on Highway 43 south of Rushford will encounter a detour as Minnesota Depart ..... 
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Marvin Clarence Baker

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Marvin Clarence Baker, 83 of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at his home. Marvin, the youngest of four siblings, was born in Rushford on January 7, 1931 to Carl and Mabel (Maguson) Baker. Marvin’s father died before he was born, which le ..... 
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Rushford moves lighting project, in-city hunting forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

Taking advantage of timing and funding, the Rushford Municipal Electric Commission and the city are moving forward with a project to update all lighting along the Highway 43 corridor. With lighting being temporarily removed for the Highway 43 Projec ..... 
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AWANA springs up in the Rushford Peterson Valley

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Education

Awana, an international non-profit ministry for children in kindergarten through high school, will see its first club in Fillmore County this fall, piggybacking on the success of clubs in Houston County (Spring Grove) and Winona County (St. Charles ..... 
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Lyla A. Kahoun

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

RUSHFORD, MINN. – Lyla A. Kahoun, 90, of Rushford, Minn., died on Monday, August 11, 2014, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Lyla was born on March 13, 1924, in Norway Township of Fillmore County, Minn. to John and Hannah (Austad) E ..... 
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Billie Virginia Hansen

Wed, Aug 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Billie Virginia Hansen, 92 of Rushford, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home. Billie was born February 7, 1922 in Anoka County to Theodore and Marie (Dosh) Jensen. She graduated from Albert Lea High School and attended te ..... 
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Rushford Clinic Open House on August 20

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Business Announcements

Meet your new healthcare providers, enjoy a free light dinner, stuffed animal checkups, prizes, tours and more! Rushford Clinic is hosting an Open House to celebrate several recent changes at the clinic. The Open House is Wednesday, August 20, fro ..... 
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