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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 Zoning Commission. Currently, the city has only a Zoning Board of four members and Administrator John Petit and the city council itself acts as a board of adjustment.

After a read-through of zoning ordinances by Joyce Iverson on behalf of the city and the zoning, the city is nearer to ironing out the details and approval by legal counsel and the city council. Current zoning ordinances reflected on what the city is already doing in terms of the planning commission, according the Iverson. The ordering and language of some sections have been unclear, however, occasionally duplicating or omitting items.

“I volunteered to do this as member of the zoning board to continue work we started over the last three and a half years,” said Iverson. “We need to start with document we have and plug in what is absolutely necessary.”

It is critical that the city approve the document for planning and zoning prior to approving the comprehensive plan. “We need to be qualified as the body to do it before we actually do it,” added Mayor Dale Schwanke.

A public hearing will be held on the matter November 19, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall. The final budget will also be addressed at the meeting, as the city looks to certify the final levy prior to December 3.

The city has been invited, along with eight other towns, to participate in a Destination Medical Center (DMC) event. Coordinated to further economic development of the Mayo Healthcare System and Minnesota, this event is slated for November 18, beginning at 6 p.m., at the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro. Open to the public, towns participating in the event will have a physical presence at the event, as well as the ability to chat one-on-one with DMC representatives, giving them a 3-minute “story” of the community.

“As a city, we don’t have a lot of businesses that fit tourism,” noted Mayor Schwanke.

“The DMC is much bigger than tourism,” responded Zoning Board Member Joyce Iverson, who has long worked with economic development in both the Village and the city of Rushford. “This is a unique opportunity to talk with the folks from DMC.”

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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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Rushford Village looks at fiscal impact report

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The City of Rushford Village was one of four entities that joined in participating in a wide-scope fiscal impact report by consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates. The intention of the report is to gain better understa ..... 
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