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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 brought to the attention of the City of Rushford, which in turn notified the City of Rushford Village. The complaint is in regards to rampant thistle growth on agricultural pasture within the Village limits. According to Councilor Hamilton Peterson, the property is roughly 25-30 acres.

Rushford Village ordinances state that, “Rules and regulations shall be in effect for all property in or adjacent to the Rushford Village Residential areas… The council may, upon receiving a complaint(s), or other notification that grasses and/or weeds on a particular property are not being maintained at the maximum height or less, instruct the clerk to issue a notice to the owner of record, ordering the mowing of said property to comply with this Ordinance within a period of ten days of the mailing date of said notice.”

“The Council may, upon failure of the owner of record to comply with the Notice Ordering Mowing, order the mowing of said owner’s property and bill said owner for the cost of mowing and the costs of the notice and billing. If the owner fails to pay the costs billed, said costs shall be collected according to the terms and conditions of the Rushford Village Collection Ordinance.”

“Agricultural crops shall be exempt and the control of noxious weeds is regulated by Fillmore County Ordinance.”

“We need to address the issue,” noted Mayor Johnson, “But keep in mind, there might be a lot that need notification. It’s gotten out of control.”

A letter was mailed to the property owner July 16. They have until July 26 to comply.

In other news, Zoning Administrator Jon Petit attended a FEMA meeting regarding flood mitigation and community planning. Discussed were established Village problems and pre-disaster planning, including improving comprehensive plans, water runoff in watershed areas, and farming practices along rivers. According to Petit, some mitigation assistance may be available to the city for projects associated with flood prevention. A proposed FEMA flood plain map is due this year. The city will continue to work towards prevention methods.

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Rushford Village moves Tuff Lane Bridge project forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council, now with Gordon Johnson at the helm, following Dale Shwanke’s resignation as mayor, and Chad Rasmussen in the vacant council seat, wasted no time in dealing with agenda items. Several of the items, which have been on ..... 
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Rushford Village moves on road options; appoints Johnson mayor, Rasmussen new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a recent petition on a road management project, Rushford Village has opted to consult with engineers Bolton & Menk, Inc. regarding cash options for the city street maintenance and repair. Identified roads have shifted in priority due to th ..... 
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Rushford Village Mayor Schwanke resigns; city recaps plans moving forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 16th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

To the surprise of many, Rushford Village Mayor Dale Schwanke resigned his post as mayor, effective June 3, following a decision to relocate to northern Wisconsin. Until that date, Schwanke and the council are reviewing current goals and plans. “W ..... 
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Rushford Village may see road petition

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

April 1, the Rushford Village Council unanimously passed a 10-year plan for maintenance of several currently paved roadways following a carefully engineered survey of all of the city’s gravel, asphalt, and concrete roads. The council had previously ..... 
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Rushford Village takes detachment/annexation issue off the table

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Rushford Village residents of County Line Road and Laura Lane turned up in force again at the April 1 Village council meeting. Over just shy of two hours, a public hearing over a proposed 10-year pavement management plan encompassed topics including ..... 
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Rushford Village looks to projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a surprisingly short meeting, March 18, the Rushford Village Council covered details of sizeable amount of projects slated for the 2014 summer season with Public Works Director Bob Thieret. Citing nearly 50 items on the list, the number of workab ..... 
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Village sticks with road option, waits for input

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Having received detailed road management and improvement recommendations and plans, the Village moved forward the discussion of a potential $1 million bonding on an improvement option. At a Tuesday, February 24 special meeting, the council debated t ..... 
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Rushford Village opts for more time on annexation request

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Discussion of a petition for detachment from the city of Peterson and annexation to the city of Rushford Village continued at the February 11 Village council meeting. January 8, Peterson struck down the request for detachment citing a disservice to ..... 
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