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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 contaminants from entering the wells and groundwater that provide public drinking water supply.” Working in tandem with communities, the MDH helps to develop plans for protection from contaminants such as nitrates, organic and inorganic compounds, and pathogens, and helps to carry out of those plans.

The process begins with a vulnerability assessment of the well and a defined Drinking Water Supply Management Area. Next, a contaminant source inventory is conducted in the Wellhead Protection Area, an area more defined within the Management Area. A plan to manage those inventoried sources, and a water supply contingency plan, is then developed. Implementation is carried out by the MDH and the city or a diversity of community members.

The Rushford Village Management Area lies south of what is deemed “South Rushford”, into state bluff land. Bailey noted that ground water within the smaller protection area will reach the well within 10 years, so the plan is geared towards management over those 10 years. Bailey expects that writing the plan won’t take long, due to the size of the community. The city will consult further with the MDH. Anticipated development of the area will also be considered in discussions.

The city also held a public hearing at the meeting regarding amendments to Ordinance 5, Zoning and Land Use, specifically, modification, additions, or deletions to sections 100-800, 1100-1600, and 1700-2700. The amendments had been discussed, in length, at previous meetings but required approval from City Attorney Tom Manion before being voted upon. Three additional changes, that were suggested following the second March council meeting, were also brought forth. The majority of changes dealt with language usage, definitions, and consistency within the ordinances.

“It’s remarkable what this team has accomplished,” noted Mayor Gordon Johnson, doling out praise to Zoning Administrator Jon Pettit and Planning and Zoning Commission members Joyce Iverson, Glen Kopperud, Maynard Thompson, and Bruce Hovland. The amendments were approved unanimously.

“I thank you. It’s amazing,” added Johnson. “We keep adding new things and unfortunate .....
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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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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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