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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 July 2013, a fiscal impact report for the comprehensive $3.25 million plan was first put forth and the first public hearing on bonding for road projects was held in August. Shortly after, the first annual road tour by the council and engineers was taken. The plan appeared to gain momentum and April 2014, the council approved a 10-year plan for maintenance with a maximum projected cost of $1.2 million. A petition was presented to the city later that month, which brought the project to a halt for the period of one year.

In 2014, the city utilized $70,000 set aside for road work to sealcoat a number of roads that were part of the approved 10-year plan. Now, the city is looking to continue maintenance on additional roads, using budgeted funds, to attempt to salvage roads. After 2014 projects, $1.2 million in bituminous work remains to be done including sealcoating, reclamation, and overlay.

Malm presented three options to the city in the memo. The first would complete any remaining roads designated for sealcoating. This includes Hayes Street, Sherwood Street, Money Creek Road, and Goodrich Avenue. Total projected cost is approximately $50,000. Option 1 also includes the potential for overlay of the end of Darr Avenue, a $30,000 project.

Option 2 seeks to sealcoat a few roads, but targets one bigger project as well. Included in this option are Hayes Street, Money Creek Road, and Prospect Street, from Sherwood to Main. Cost of Option 2 is estimated at $84,000. Option 3 targets a needed turnaround on Nordic Lane and rings in with a $70,000 price tag.

“My recommendation is to put money into the best streets,” noted Malm, suggesting Option 1 or a portion of it, if the city opts not to tackle Darr Avenue.

While the council may be able to break the plan down into segments, budgeting for each, it may not be saving the city money in the long run. As streets deteriorate, faster than the maintenance can keep up, eventual reclamation or overlay comes at a much higher cost to the city. “We need to break it down; show money put away every year, and show it’s a wash. It was a doable project. We probably would have ended up spending less,” not .....
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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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Rushford Village eyes changes to Conditional Use Permitting

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

The Planning/Zoning Commission of Rushford Village is diligently working to write proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance 5, sections 1800-2700, seeking to clarify wording and eliminate potential problems. The matter was discussed at length at the D ..... 
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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 int ..... 
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