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Rushford Village waits on bridge permit; tackles zoning


By Kirsten Zoellner

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

Bolton & Menk Engineer Brian Malm, pictured at right, speaks with the Rushford Village Council and Zoning Administrator Jon Pettit, at left, regarding updates on the Tuff Lane Bridge project which remains at a standstill. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

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 as late as six months to one year for the county mandated project. Malm has been in frequent contact with the corps, but is getting little answers. “It’s on his desk is all he’ll tell me.”

Engineers don’t expect any problems securing the permit as the project will swap a derelict bridge with a series of box culverts, which is expected to improve hydraulics. “Why they even want jurisdiction on this is beyond me, but they do,” continued Malm, referring to the unchartered waterway. “They’d probably agree that it’s of little concern, but they will not relinquish jurisdiction. There’s been a big battle with corps jurisdiction over waterways like this.”

Also discussed at the Tuesday, February 17 council meeting was utilities north of the bridge location and whether or not a guardrail would be needed. The affected utility company was consulted during the initial plan design and they will be notified again prior to excavation. Mayor Gordon Johnson suggested perhaps they may want to upgrade the utilities at the time.

While there is no guardrail on the current bridge, but rather a wood delineator of sorts, the council was in favor of a guardrail on either side of the approximately 28-foot roadway over the new box culverts. “I think we’d have to (have a guardrail). The liability that goes with it is not worth the risk,” noted Johnson.

The city also held a public hearing at the meeting to discuss further clarification of zoning ordinances. Specifically discussed by Zoning Board members Joyce Iverson, Glen Kopperud, and Maynard Thompson was amendments to Ordinance No. 5, Zoning and Land Use Ordinance, Sections 100-800, 1100-1600, and 1700-2700. The purpose of the ordinance review is largely geared towards clarification and consistency of wordage and definitions. Both City Attorney Tom Manion and The League of Minnesota Cities have assisted in the process.

Portions of Section 1508, regarding Conditional Use Permits, regarding site and location requirements, were of particular concern. “It it’s unclear to this group, it’s going to be unclear to others,” cautioned Zoning Board member Kopperud.

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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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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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