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Rushford Village talks hall rental; public hearing for expanded solar array


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council debates the merits of a free trial rental of the Village Hall at the July 21 meeting. Pictured, clockwise, are councilor Chad Rasmussen, Mayor Gordon Johnson, Zoning Administrator Jon Pettit, and councilors Dennis Overland, Todd Baker, and Hamilton Peterson. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Tuesday, July 21, Rushford Village meeting consisted largely of Planning and Zoning issues, but the potential rental of the Village Hall garnered most of the discussion.

Mayor Gordon Johnson met recently with Root River Yoga owner Amanda Griggs regarding the weekly usage of the hall for her classes. “I offered to give her one month to utilize the facility at no charge. Then we can establish a monthly user rate or that type of thing. She has paid a damage deposit,” stated Johnson. “I don’t think rent-free for an extended period of time would be fair.” $25 is currently the full day usage charge for the facility, without food. Johnson requested the council consider the option and make a motion to do so or deny it.

“I think we need to stick to our rates with the public. We don’t want to start picking and choosing who we give rates to,” noted councilor Dennis Overland. It was also suggested by both Overland and City Attorney Tom Manion that the city obtain a certificate of insurance coverage from Root River Yoga for liability purposes.

“It’s a great to use the space; good for business, good for the community. It seems an awful lot like a community education type program and that should be fine,” noted Manion. Playing devil’s advocate, however, Manion discussed concerns that might be perceived by the public.

“Are you opening up a can of worms?” questioned Overland.

Councilor Hamilton Peterson made a motion to approve the month of August rent free for the facility usage. The motion died for lack of second. Mayor Johnson will go back and suggest to Griggs that the regular user rate be paid.

A public hearing for an expanded photovoltaic system at Tri-County Electric has been scheduled for August 4. The cooperative is planning on expanding its current 73,000 watt solar array to a 1 megawatt array. “This is big. This is huge,” said Johnson. The plans will take the array from property line to property line on the west boundary of the site. An Interim Use Permit is required.

This prompted the suggestion by the Planning and Zoning Commission for a policy on Interim and Conditional Use Permits. “What it is that’s being recommended is that we would adopt the procedure that would allow these types of things to come before Planning and Zoning prior to the council for final approval. It would maintain the continuity that we’ve establish .....
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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Rushford Village awards bid; reviews permitting requirements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village has awarded the bid for the 2015 Pavement Management Plan to Dunn Blacktop Company, of Winona, in the amount of $158,838. Engineer’s estimate for the work was $140,000. Costs related to street widening were significant ..... 
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Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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Rushford Village gives update on ordinance issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, June 2 council meeting entailed a fair bit of discussion regarding issues previously brought to light as infractions or concerns of various zoning ordinances. Mayor Gordon Johnson has met with Featherstone Farm owner and operator Jack ..... 
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk eng ..... 
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Rushford Village continues support of trail development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Vern Bunke, head of Bluff Tracks, is continuing efforts to see development of an expansive all- trail system in the Rushford Peterson Valley. Presenting an update to the Rushford Village Council, Tuesday, May 5, Bunke noted that approximately 500 mi ..... 
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Rushford Village to keep at pavement management plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The city of Rushford Village has received a 2015 Recommended Pavement Management memo from Bolton & Menk Engineer Brian Malm. An effort to continue strides taken on maintenance of the city’s paved roadways has been underway for some time. In Jul ..... 
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