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Rushford Village hires Public Works supervisor


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, December 2 council meeting was notably missing mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Todd Baker, who has been absent the last four meetings. Mayor pro-tem Dennis Overland led the brisk 35-minute meeting.

Following a round of personal interviews with five Public Works candidates, the city of Rushford Village has approved the hire of Travis Scheck. Scheck will fill the full-time position held by retiring Public Works/Maintenance director Bob Thieret, who steps down in January. Thieret will stay on board in a part-time capacity for one year so the city can maintain the necessary water and wastewater licensure. Scheck will be required to test for the licensure at the end of one year.

Scheck clearly wowed those on the interview panel, including councilor Chad Rasmussen and city clerk Kristina Mart. Scheck already holds and Commercial Driver’s License and a majority of the position requires road maintenance. “If you look at the job as a whole… roads; that’s a huge part of it,” stressed Mart. “He seemed to be the most qualified. His attitude was great and he’s willing to get the work done.”

Budget finalization continues as the city nears the December date by which they must certify the 2015 levy to the county. Earlier this fall, the council set the maximum levy at $400,000 after lengthy discussion on upcoming projects, particularly road work. The $360,000 2014 levy dropped by $10,000 for 2014, with the council anticipating approval of bonding for needed road work. Now, the council is considering a higher 2015 levy to accomplish some necessary project work.

Several scenarios for particular funds were spelled out by treasurer Judy Graham. The breakdown was sufficient, according to the council. Graham believes the city could still be in good shape if the levy is set at $375,000 or $380,000 for next year and the council will discuss the matter further when certifying the final levy at their next meeting.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Tuesday, December 16, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present. The most in-d ..... 
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute intervals, beginning ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford Village waits for answers

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Several issues and the projects for the city are in a holding pattern. While the majority is ready to move forward, various pieces of information remain before the city can press on. The Tuff Lane Bridge project, estimated as a nearly $100,000 cou ..... 
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Rushford Village increases maximum levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the cou ..... 
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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 ..... 
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