"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
< | 1 | 2 | 3

Rushford Village reduces levy, considers annexation petition


By Kirsten Zoellner

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

In a move that’s not often an option for cities, Rushford Village has opted to reduce the city’s 2014 levy by $10,000, setting it at $350,000. The city hasn’t approved a levy increase since December 2011.

In light of standing financial review, city staff determined that in the past money has been set aside in CD accounts and either not used, instead drawing from general fund reserves, or not used completely. “Why let it sit for a rainy day,” asked Mayor Dale Schwanke. Rather than pay or repay funds on a schedule, which often accrues interest, he suggested the city opt for early repayment, when available. “We don’t go around throwing money around and just sitting there, taxpayers are losing the difference. We need to find a way to perpetuate that. I strongly suggest we trim to try to get to 1 or 2 percent less.”

“If we’re looking at the numbers, and we’re in that kind of condition, is 2 percent enough?” asked Councilor Gordy Johnson. “Are we looking for a percentage or a number?”

“We need to show our taxpayers that we’re trying to spend less,” added Schwanke. A motion was made by Johnson, and seconded by Hamilton Peterson, to reduce the levy by $10,000. It was approved unanimously by three votes, as councilors Todd Baker and Dennis Overland were absent.

Further details of account standing will be presented at the December 17 meeting, hopefully giving better understanding of balances, debts, and terms to allow a clearer picture of what can be trimmed in 2014. The city is awaiting a road condition report, which will assist in determining the extent of a proposed 2014 multi-road project that is capped at $500,000. Still, city staff was of the determination that there was still room for the reduction in city spending.

In other news, Peterson residents Alan Lipowicz and Jan Smaby presented the city with a formal petition for annexation to Rushford Village. “We’ve thought for years about this,” noted Smaby. “We receive no city services, as far as infrastructure, and there’s no reason for the city to try and offer it. We’ve often thought, ‘We’re so unique.’ We believe we would fit well into the City of Rushford Village profile. We’ve looked at your zoning, ordinances, and the comprehensive plan and it fits well with our desire to maintain our land as a homestead.”

“We need to look to the future and importance of our land. I .....
[Read the Rest]

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 ci ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]
< | 1 | 2 | 3