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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 action to remedy the situation.

The issue was first noted in 2015. However, as it was in the peak season for the Consumer Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm, the city tabled any action until the off-season. Heddin noted that the farm made a parking plan with the city in 2011 during an expansion onto a three-acre site. The plan should be on file with the city, but neither party could locate it. Heddin believed that the plan would be irrelevant at this point, as the farm has seen a 40-50% growth in scale with staff, equipment, and workload.

“I fully recognize we’re out of compliance,” acknowledged Heddin. He added that he’d spent time looking at spots on- site where parking could currently be housed, but there was no practical location. “I think we have two options. A, we apply for a request for continued understanding for one year. That’s the easiest for us. Option B is to improve field access onto the sandy area south of Val Gudmundsen’s pond. We could put a rock road pad on it, but it’s rented farmland. We don’t own it, but are hoping to in the next year or two.”

“The thing I look at is it’s ongoing,” responded Mayor Gordon Johnson. “Our concern, and the last thing we want to do, is create hardship. But, it doesn’t pay to have rules if we can’t enforce them. It’s gone on a long time and we need to find a resolve.”

“You’re talking two years to buy. Then, it’s ongoing for another two years. It’s hard to enforce the ordinance elsewhere if we don’t do it here. We don’t want to create a hardship for a business. That’s the last thing we want to do,” added councilor Chad Rasmussen.

It was noted that areas in south Rushford have had similar issues and the city has sent letters and enforced the ordinance. To do nothing in this instance would, as they noted, be unfair. “If nothing else, we need to have a plan. We’re looking at the legality side of this,” added Johnson.

“That’s your biggest problem,” stressed City Attorney Tom Manion. “It doesn’t take long until there’s a feeling of unequal treatment perceived.” Manion questioned if a temporary solution could be found .....
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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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Rushford Village preps for new year

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The brief Tuesday, January 5 Rushford Village Council meeting highlighted assignments, designations, and other annual housekeeping for the city. Councilor Dennis Overland was once again nominated and approved as mayor pro tem, acting in place of M ..... 
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Rushford Village preps for new year

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The brief Tuesday, January 5 Rushford Village Council meeting highlighted assignments, designations, and other annual housekeeping for the city. Councilor Dennis Overland was once again nominated and approved as mayor pro tem, acting in place of M ..... 
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Rushford Village approves $50,000 levy increase

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a special meeting public hearing December 9, that ended in the city having statutory authority to continue forward with a potential $1.2 million street improvement project, the City of Rushford Village hosted an additional Truth in Taxatio ..... 
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Rushford Village hearing brings out the public

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The city of Rushford Village now has the legal authority to move to the next step in a proposed street improvement project. Following the well-attended December 9 public hearing, the council passed a resolution which gives the city the power to do t ..... 
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Rushford Village preps for public hearing

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 7th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a remarkably short council meeting, Tuesday, December 1, the Rushford Village Council briefly touched on details of an upcoming public hearing which they hope will shed some light on a path to fixing city roadways. Scheduled for Wednesday, Decemb ..... 
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Rushford Village meeting draws crowd

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, November 17 Rushford Village Council meeting drew in more than a dozen interested persons. In attendance were financial consultant Mike Bubany, Bolten & Menk Engineer Brian Malm, and council candidates Dennis Peterson and Rich Smith. ..... 
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