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Rushford Village addresses communication issues over project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The Tuesday, June 21 Rushford Village council meeting wrapped up in just under and hour and a half, but the majority of the meeting focused on just one of a dozen agenda items. The 2016 Road Project is underway in various portions of town and in south Rushford there is still some resident concern and confusion over what is being done and why.

“There’s concern out there,” stated Mayor Gordon Johnson. “Lack of communication might be an understatement.”

“There’s a lot we’ve been hearing. In hindsight, we dropped the ball on communication,” added Josh Pope, engineer for Bolton & Menk, the project engineer. “We should be out talking to residents. We knew, to a degree, that residents are more comfortable with you, their elected officials. The amount they’ve been coming to you is not appropriate.”

The work in the south Rushford Village area will include sealcoating, culvert repair/replacement, and road widening. Saw cutting of cracks has already begun. Culverts are slated to be the first big part of the project. The project course has changed slightly, due to the weather and project timeline constraints. “They’re going to attack road by road, making improvements and pavement right behind it,” said Pope. “When this thing goes, it’s gonna go in a hurry. We’re not sure if that’s just lip service from the contractor, but we’re hoping it’s the contractor’s intent.”

Concern and confusion from property owners has largely included drainage issues, culvert placement, and road widening location. The area has long been plagued with drainage and water ponding/backflow issues. “We’re trying to help people understand and alleviate potential problems,” added Pope.

Some roads will see adjusted road crown and ditch sloping in an attempt to deal with the water. “It’s difficult for us to overcome the issues just with the proposed street work,” continued Pope. “If you really want to address the drainage problems, you need to think more holistically. We’re not changing drainage characteristics. We’re just trying to make it more efficient.”

In other news, the recent rains, with one afternoon of more than four inches in a short time frame, have caused some problem with the new Tuff Lane bridge area. Downstream washout is evident, but can be addressed. Bolton & Menk has noted that the project is still unde .....
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Rushford Village details road improvement options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner City of Rushford Village has spent nearly every meeting over the course of the last three years discussing road improvement needs and projects. Now, the city is set to kick off an $878,000 project in south Rushford in the comin ..... 
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Rushford Village secures bond; discusses Grimsrud property

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following nearly three years’ worth of plans aimed at trying to get City of Rushford Village paved roadways up to good condition and under a maintenance schedule; the city has approved a bond of $878,000 through Minnesota Rural Water Association. ..... 
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Rushford Village awards bid in road improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, May 3 Rushford Village council meeting, a continuation of the April 19 meeting, went without a hitch as the council tackled several road and bridge items, as well as the hire of a new city clerk. The full council was in attendance. Bo ..... 
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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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Rushford Village comes to temporary terms with parking issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

At the Tuesday, March 15 meeting, the Rushford Village council discussed an ongoing ordinance violation regarding on-street parking by Featherstone Farms. Featherstone owner/operator Jack Heddin was present at the meeting to help determine a plan of ..... 
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Rushford Council discusses options for vacant liquor store site

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a 5:30 p.m. work session, Monday, February 22, the Rushford City Council dove into a lengthy discussion regarding review of the building at 409 S. Elm Street, the vacant and former Municipal Liquor Store, and consideration of potential pla ..... 
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Rushford Village continues meeting prior to disaster training

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

With the February 2 meeting canceled due to an area storm that caused widespread highway closings, the Rushford Village council picked up the agenda items at their second meeting of the month, Tuesday, February 17. In a swift meeting, the council di ..... 
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R-P community continues to support our school leaders

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Our community has been blessed with a forward thinking superintendent, Mr. Ehler, and a school board that has brought us so far since 2007. Shortly prior to the 2007 flood, Mr. Chuck Ehler was hired by a school board who believed he was the person ..... 
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