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Rushford Village waits for answers


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Several issues and the projects for the city are in a holding pattern. While the majority is ready to move forward, various pieces of information remain before the city can press on.

The Tuff Lane Bridge project, estimated as a nearly $100,000 county-mandated project, is prepped for bid letting. However, required permitting has not cleared. Due to the massive watershed related to the project, the city was subject to various permitting from the Department of Natural Resources and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District. It’s unclear whether the project required additional permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers, citing jurisdiction claim over the waterway. Once the remaining permitting is in place, the city will order formal bid letting on the project. Construction may likely happen spring of 2015.

The city is also waiting for information relating to the unauthorized dumping of sealcoating material along a portion of County Line Road. Several Village roads, not the road in question, were sealcoated as routine maintenance. According to Mayor Gordon Johnson, leftover material was dumped over a portion of the gravel County Line Road, which led to severe rutting.

“The sealcoating guys didn’t have any business dumping on our road,” added Public Works Director Bob Thieret. He went on to add that his department graded the road, but it deteriorated again, due to the material. They intended to bring crushed rock and grade again, but a resident had independently contracted to apply a dust deterrent over the section and it was applied three days before the department was to do the work. Public Works decided to add the rock and grade over the dust deterrent regardless, as the only manageable solution, and later had new deterrent applied. Now, the city is seeking to have the sealcoating contractor pay for any added costs that came as a result of the unauthorized dumping.

The sum of the original contracted work was $75,811.27. The city, under recommendation from attorney Tom Manion, has reviews options for including paying a portion of the contract or none. The city opted to hold back all payment to the contractor until an agreement on added costs can be secured. “It was their negligence that did it. I would recommend withholding it all, as part of the integrated contract. That’s your leverage,” noted Manion.

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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 cou ..... 
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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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