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Rushford Village meets public works candidates


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government



In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute intervals, beginning at 8 p.m., and were able to meet Village representatives and discuss workload responsibilities and job expectations.

The council also noted that it likely shouldn’t have released the names of the candidates prior to formally offering them the positions, as doing so caused some minor issues for some of the candidates. However, mayor Gordon Johnson noted that city attorney Manion had approved doing so. All five candidates attended the pre-interview.

Public works/maintenance director Bob Thieret, who is retiring his full-time position in January 2015, will stay on part-time with the city for one year so that the city can maintain required Class SD wastewater and Class D water licensure. The chosen applicant will need to work under Thieret’s direction for one year prior to being eligible to take related tests.

The council and Thieret detailed basics of required workload with the applicants and fielded several questions. It was noted that the workload can vary greatly due to weather and specific projects. Pay and benefits will be offered based upon qualifications, education, and experience. Chosen candidates will be required to seek out wastewater and water licensure, at the appropriate time, as well as a commercial driver’s license.

Mayor Johnson, councilor Chad Rasmussen, and city clerk Kristina Mart will conduct private interviews with all applicants. Thieret will be present at the interviews to answer questions related to the job. Interviews will be conducted November 24-26. A interview committee recommendation is expected to be presented to the council at the Tuesday, December 1 meeting.

“We hoped an open discussion would let you see who we are,” noted mayor Johnson. “There a lot of stuff and there will be responsibilities we have not identified here. I think it’s important that you see who we are and become familiar with us.”

In other news, the city has approved payment of $75,811.27 for work related to road maintenance. At the October 7 meeting, the council decided to hold payment until a determination could be made over unauthorized dumping of sealcoating materials on County Line Drive.

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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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 Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village 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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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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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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Rushford Village reviews project, staffing options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Getting the Tuff Lane Project underway may finally be drawing near for Rushford Village. Deemed deficient by the county, the city is mandated to remedy the lane bridge, which currently has insufficient tonnage limits. In June project engineer Brian ..... 
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Rushford Village updates sticky ordinances, policies

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council discussed the need for modification to existing policies and ordinances at the Tuesday, August 5 meeting. Spurred by questions from Public Works/Maintenance Director Bob Thieret, City Clerk Kristina Mart suggested the ci ..... 
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Rushford Village weeds out issue; looks ahead

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following the Tuesday, July 15 council meeting, the City of Rushford Village has taken decisive action against the flourishing thistle population within its borders. According the Mayor Gordon Johnson, a specific complaint regarding a property was b ..... 
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