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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 city consider updating the 1994 ordinance regarding utility off.

“We need to make sure procedures are well-established,” said Mart. It was noted that the current ordinance requires a letter be sent to delinquent properties. The letter states a shut-off date and that bills past 60 days must be paid. Mart stated that currently, Thieret makes an attempt to approach the property owners prior to shutoff to allow for payment, but that the situation isn’t always a comfortable one. “There’s a couple that he’s scared to go to the door. Some have kids. It’s personal. It makes it hard.”

Councilor Dennis Overland suggested that there shouldn’t be door to door contact. “He’s there to shutoff.”

“You have to follow the policy,” echoed Councilor Chad Rasmussen, noting that making exceptions for particular residences can’t be done, lest the perception be that the city is allowing favoritism.

“Certain things have come to light and it lets you recognize that it’s out of date,” added Mayor Gordon Johnson. “If he [Thieret] can collect great, but we’re not asking him to do that. It’s a courtesy. People have to contact us and make arrangements before the shutoff date.”

City Attorney Tom Manion will look into League of Minnesota Cities recommendations on how best to address the issue and state the procedure, within the ordinance, for both the city and property owners.

Another hiccup for policy includes how to handle reimbursement and purchases for and by city employees. The issue apparently stems from a current practice of reimbursing some purchases immediately and some quarterly. Public Works/Maintenance Director Thieret was previously granted authority to expenditures under a specific amount. However, purchases on items like mower fuel and used culverts have presented some question, as did employees buying items from the city, such as used skid steer tires.

“Eventually, you’re going to run into some controversy, some second guessing that will unravel your policy,” suggested Manion, who noted the use of provisional approval granted by municipalities. “You need a policy. It won’t take lo .....
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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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Village sticks with road option, waits for input

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Having received detailed road management and improvement recommendations and plans, the Village moved forward the discussion of a potential $1 million bonding on an improvement option. At a Tuesday, February 24 special meeting, the council debated t ..... 
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