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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 council has bumped up the preliminary figure in attempts to ensure city services continue without putting the city in a pinch.

“A lot of time has been put in looking at the proposed budget,” stated Mayor Gordon Johnson. “I thought we needed to at least consider the cost of new garbage pickup and going backwards on LGA. We can’t justify putting out there more than that in order to try to continue where we are. We need to consider at least $380,000.”

Earlier in 2014, the city saw an $18,000 annual cost increase from garbage service through Harter’s Quick Clean Up. The uptick was not expected and has been at the center of several council discussions on future cost savings.

Additionally, the city added a part-time public works/maintenance position in 2014 in hopes of catching up with pressing projects and not enough time. Public Works Director Bob Thieret has notified the city of his intent to retire in 2015, at least to part-time. The city is considering its maintenance needs and has entertained the suggestions of increasing to one full-time and one three-quarter time position or two full-time positions in lieu of current staffing. Thieret holds required water and sewer licensure for the city and may need to be kept on to ensure those required licenses are covered.

“Looking at the numbers, the proposed budget was set at $380,000 as a benchmark. We can maybe lower that number before the end of the year, bring it back to $350,000, but we can’t raise it after tonight.” noted Johnson.

“But is $380,000 going to be enough,” asked councilor Hamilton Peterson.

“We have to make up what we’re losing on additional expenditures; break even. I’m okay with that, but we still have to be conservative and not just spending money because we have some,” responded Johnson.

“If we feel that will take care of it. We can always back it down. We’re looking at unknown things,” added Peterson.

The vote to approve the maximum levy was unanimous; 3-0. Councilors Dennis Overland and Todd Baker were absent.

The council continues to work with Thieret on determining a job description. A clo .....
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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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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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