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Rushford Village adopts ordinances, works out comprehensive plan


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

After months of trying to knock down redundant, non-consistent, or unclear language within Ordinance 5, the city has formally adopted changes that it hopes will prevent problems in the future.

Deficiencies in the ordinance were brought forth by city attorney Tom Manion, as well as Christina Peterson, of Yaggy Colby Associates, who is working with the city on a comprehensive plan. Often dubbed “vague” or “unclear” at meetings, Manion has noted that the city needs consistent, clear ordinances in order to stand behind them legally. The changes amount to amending Subsections 1514, fences or walls, vision clearance, as well as amending Subsections 100-1705, which concern the city Planning and Zoning Commission. Also adopted was the resolution for Ordinance 1, animal control.

In regards to Subsections 1700-1705, the Zoning Board has spent a great deal of time working through the current ordinance, replacing, eliminating, or updating portions. Board member Joyce Iverson presented the changes, citing the logic behind them, ensuring a thorough ordinance and proper setup for a comprehensive plan.

“In part of our going through, updating the comp plan, we looked at how our board was established; the process. Working with Mr. Manion, we identified some definitions that needed to be changed to match,” said Iverson.

“We just have to be consistent,” noted Councilor Dennis Overland. “Little things come back to bite us later on. Get it as clear as you can.” While the full ordinance document is available at city hall, the summary resolution will be posted on the city website.

The work on the updated comprehensive plan is also nearing completion. “In development for the future, it’s a tool to help with your vision and street to achieve that vision,” noted Christina Peterson. In the document, 17 community goals are laid out alongside the vision statement and statistical data such as history, demographics, land and water characteristics, public facilities and infrastructure. The most critical piece of the plan, according to Peterson, is land use. Covered in the document are issues and concerns with land use, as well as regulations that pertain to usage.

Following the goals are action steps for each. “It gives the council a big target to look at when planning,” noted Mayor Dale Schwanke. The plan will also assist with ideas, programs, and collaboration.

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Rushford Village keeps at Planning and Zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The long process of setting forth a comprehensive plan is getting nearer to an end. Several months of work determining current zoning and planning responsibilities and ordinances are leading towards the establishment of an official Planning and Zoni ..... 
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Rushford Village goes ‘round with topic

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The review of the city’s current zoning board and the establishment or merge of a planning commission continues to be kicked around and was again an agenda topic at the Tuesday, October 1 council meeting. “You need to go through it and put it to ..... 
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Rushford Village continues commission and ordinance discussion

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The City of Rushford Village does not currently have a Planning and Zoning Commission and that is creating an issue according to City Attorney Tom Manion. “What you have is loose. You’re just going around and around. The cit ..... 
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Rushford Village selects engineer for road work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Following several months of discussion revolving around road issues, and a request for proposal from four firms, the city has contracted with Bolton & Menk, Inc. The purpose of the collaboration is to head off potential stumblin ..... 
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Rushford Village hits at ordinance update, budget, road projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner On the suggestion of city attorney Tom Manion, the city has been looking to tighten up definitions to some of its ordinances, looking at what would be defendable in a legal issue. An ongoing complaint about barking dogs by three ..... 
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Input on proposed Rushford Village street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Ten residents turned out at the August 6 public hearing regarding proposed 15-year, general obligation bonding for several street improvement projects. The proposed bonding could be up to $550,000, but not exceeding, and would l ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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Rushford Village seeks tighter definitions on ordinances

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Dealing with several issues, ranging from dogs to grass complaints, parking and fencing discrepancies, the City of Rushford Village is looking to review and further define several of its ordinances. Zoning Administrator Jon Peti ..... 
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