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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, Councilors Dennis Overland and Hamilton Peterson, and City Treasurer Judy Graham debated the details of a letter from the city referencing the increases and an upcoming City of Rushford public hearing over the matter. Councilors Todd Baker and Chad Rasmussen, and Attorney Tom Manion were absent.

The Village has a contract with the city of Rushford for sewer service in south Rushford Village. The Village rate is proposed to increase $1.75 in 2015, beginning in February, and $3.35 in February 2016.

“Are they raising it because of the (Wastewater Treatment) plant or because of new infrastructure on Highway 43?” questioned Mayor Johnson.

“Maybe both,” responded Graham. “It’s possible they just don’t have a way of separating maintenance dollars. The percentage came from Bill Chang (BDM Consulting Engineers).”

“Maybe it’s time for a meeting to clarify,” noted Johnson. “We paid up front for the new upgrade. Are we paying for the next potential upgrade or are we paying extra costs of ongoing operating costs, maintenance, existing debt service, and new debt service? Part of the whole plan was to have breakdown of costs and expenses.” According to Graham, the Village has not received that information.

“We need more transparency between what we’ve got and going forward,” continued Johnson. “We keep being told our rates are going to be higher. I understood it was so the funds would be there for the next upgrade. We don’t own anything – they made that clear. All we do is pay for services, so we are we paying for operating and maintenance? I want to make sure the city gets what they’re entitled to, but where’s the transparency? Where’s the numbers?”

“I don’t believe the city is trying to take advantage of us; that they’re out to get a nickel because they can, but we have people to answer to, too,” concluded Johnson.

According to the City of Rushford letter sent to the Village, city engineers have determined their sewer rate should increase $10.00 per month to cover ongoing operating costs, maintenance and repair, existing debt service, new debt service and to help .....
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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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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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