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Peterson approves County 25 project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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 and the city is seizing the opportunity to upgrade infrastructure, including water mains and some electrical.

More than 20 concerned citizens packed into city hall and as a panel of experts went over proposed details of the work. Panelists included Fillmore County engineer Ron Gregg, SEH project engineer David Strauss, David Drown Associates finance advisor Mike Bubany, city attorney Richard Nethercut, and Fillmore County Public Health educator Brenda Pohlman.

Summary presentation by Strauss covered current plans to date and was noted as proposed, rather than final design, including all possible scopes of work. State statutes require public hearing prior to adoption of a resolution ordering a project which will be bonded for and while the scope of the project may be reduced following the hearing, it cannot be increased.

Bubany gave an overview of proposed revenue streams including tax increase, assessments, and water enterprise funds. One possible scenario presented noted as much as 32 percent of project funding coming from water enterprise funds with 51 percent coming from tax increase. Final determination of funding will made following final design.

Pohlman is currently completing a comprehensive survey of the city’s walkways through grant funding. She noted the state of disrepair of sidewalks, limited accessibility, and an eye towards future city planning.

Citizens spoke out largely in favor of the water main work, which includes complete replacement of water mains on the Mill Street and south Church Street sections of County 25. However, they also highlighted ongoing concern over the cost, scope of electrical work, maintenance of improved and widened sidewalks along the Mill Street, unearthed and replaced sidewalks along the south Church Street, and watershed from the roadway. “If the road is already torn up, let’s just do it,” stated resident Chris Brennan. “Let’s do it and make sure the project is complete.”

City clerk Megan Grebe stated the city included all possible electrical work into the estimated cost to meet statutes on public hearing. The city is intending to include only replacement of conduit and w .....
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R-P addresses referendum rumors, issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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 Village waits for answers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Several issues and the projects for the city are in a holding pattern. While the majority is ready to move forward, various pieces of information remain before the city can press on. The Tuff Lane Bridge project, estimated as a nearly $100,000 cou ..... 
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R-P Referendum Forum draws hundreds

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

More than 230 people packed the R-P gymnasium Monday, October 6 for the second of two public forums related to the proposed $38,165,000 school referendum. Presented in town meeting format, the district revamped some of the meeting procedure after th ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

To the Editor, After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Dayton signed a bill that provides ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Rushford Village increases maximum levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the cou ..... 
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