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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 engineer Josh Pope was in attendance to discuss the details of the project.

Work that will be done includes sealcoating on Hayes Street (from Highway 43 east past Meadow Avenue), Sherwood Street, Money Creek Road, and Goodrich Avenue. Total projected cost is approximately $50,000. An overlay of Darr Lane, a $30,000 project, is also included. The council voted April 21 to include the option for sealcoating Prospect Street (from Sherwood to Main).

Pope is hopeful for competitive bids, but Dunn Blacktop Company may be the only bidder. Still, with the Highway 43 project being done next door in Rushford, the city is hoping bids will be excellent. If bids are too high, the city has the option to approve the project bid, but reject portions, according to Pope.

Bid opening is scheduled for June 12. An interim completion date of work is slated for August 31 to ensure temperatures are consistently above 60 degrees. The project would be wrapped up no later than mid-September.

The city is looking to reopen a public hearing for modifications to Zoning Ordinance 5 prior to accepting updates. City Attorney Tom Manion noted that while the city is eager to put the revised ordinance into motion, it is prudent not to rush when so much work has been put into the effort. A tentative reopening of the hearing is scheduled for the June 16 council meeting.

The city will also be holding a hearing for a Wellhead Protection Plan at the same meeting. The Wellhead Plan must be completed prior to July 1.

In other news, the city has run into some concern over parking of vehicles by Featherstone Farm along a crushed rock city-owned roadway east of Cooperative Way. “It’s been an ongoing thing,” noted Mayor Gordon Johnson. He further noted a desire not to create a financial hardship for the company in requiring a parking lot, but that parking is referenced as a requirement in section 1506.04 of the ordinance. According to Johnson, 10 to 12 vehicles are parked on the road on a daily basis with an additional six in the company parking lot.

“There’s a new campground east of Featherstone. We could find ourselves in a position of liability. I thin .....
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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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Rushford Village looks to Wellhead Protection Plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Pat Bailey, principal planner for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Water Source Protection Unit, was on hand at the Tuesday, April 7 Rushford Village Council meeting to discuss wellhead protection. The protection plans seek to “prevent con ..... 
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Rushford Village hits “attractive nuisance” dilemma

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

The Rushford Village Planning and Zoning Commission has spent considerable time in the last several years updating and clarifying zoning ordinances. Confusing or unneeded language, poor definition, and complicated variables have been carefully irone ..... 
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Rushford Village waits on bridge permit; tackles zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

The City of Rushford Village continues to wait on permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers for the Tuff Lane Bridge project. Other permitting is in place, according to project engineer Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, but corps permission may come a ..... 
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Rushford Village to clarify zoning language

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

City of Rushford Village council meetings continue to be swift and no nonsense as the year progresses. At the Tuesday, February 3 meeting, the council tackled just six items, monthly financials, and additional updates and meeting information. A la ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses proposed rate hike

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While the Tuesday, January 20 Rushford Village Council meeting was brief, the Council managed to get in plenty of discussion over a City of Rushford sewer rate hike, which will lead to increases for some Village residents. Mayor Gordon Johnson, Co ..... 
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Rushford Village sets annual designations; goals

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The first Rushford Village meeting lasted just 24 minutes before the council moved to closed session. Absent were Mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Chad Rasmussen. 2015 kicked off with the standard annual housekeeping: determining committees, boa ..... 
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