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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 Malm of Bolton & Men, Inc. brought forth recommendations for the project.

Having undergone further review, the city has been presented with two options for replacing the bridge with box culverts. Currently, the bridge, roughly 15 feet by 3 feet in dimension, typically has 225 cubic feet of water flow per second when full and 325 cubic feet per second just prior to overtopping during flooding. The bridge frequently tops the bridge during flooding periods, as the area sits on a large watershed of 1,700-2,500 acres.

Option one includes a single 16 foot by 6 foot box culvert offering 410 cubic feet per second, a 26 percent increase in flow, at a materials cost of $36,965. Option two consists of two 10 foot by 6 foot box culverts offering 525 cubic feet per second, a 62 percent increase. The price tag on option two rings in at a substantially higher $53,488. Neither option will meet the threshold for a five year flood event of 528 cubic feet per second (based on flows from the watershed upstream). However, the improvements will make the crossing sufficient.

Materials, installation, and engineering on the project could reach an anticipated $100,000. “It doesn’t make sense, but what do you do?” asked Mayor Johnson. Replacement construction costs for the project are estimated at $60,000-$80,000 and costs for engineering and permitting are estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Funds are available for the projects in the city’s Road and Bridge Fund.

In other news, the city is facing staffing changes as city Public Works/Maintenance Director Bob Thieret has given the city notice of retirement and has offered the city two scenarios. In one, he would continue to work part-time until the city can acquire the proper water and sewer licensure through other personnel. His other choice is to retire fully, likely as of January 1, 2015.

The city currently employs one, part-time public works/maintenance member; Evan Meier. Having completed a one-year probationary period, it was noted that Meier is eligible to take testing for appropriate water licensure in October and may be eligible for a sewer license test as well. Mayor Johnson noted that Meier is aware of th .....
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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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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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