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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 bed so we have something we can say we’re going to use,” stressed city attorney Tom Manion. “It’s important for the comprehensive plan.”

It’s been suggested by Manion that the language regarding zoning and planning is vague and needs clarification. Currently, the city has a zoning board and the city serves as the board of adjustment. However, that may not be enough to satisfy requirements for long-term planning.

The power and duties of a planning commission include the authority to conduct public hearings, to prepare and adopt comprehensive plan, to review all amendments to planning ordinance, and to make recommendations to the council for conditional use permits, issues involving subdivisions, and more. As stated at a previous meeting, the city has used a League of Minnesota Cities template to tweak the definition of a Planning and Zoning Commission for their needs, attempting to merge the current zoning board into a joint entity.

“Can’t we just say the planning commission is the zoning board?” asked Councilor Dennis Overland.

“Whether you call it a planning commission or a zoning board; it’s the same thing.”

Manion disagreed, citing the need for the city to determine the governing body, whether or not it’s established or appointed, and who has the final say. “It might be wise to still put something more in there.”

Even without the establishment of a planning commission, there’s a verbal headache lingering for the zoning board authority. According to Manion, the current language details a zoning board and that there shall be a board of adjustment, but in case no board of adjustment has been appointed, that the city council serves the role. “You can say the council is the zoning board of appeals. You want zoning board to be the planning commission, but want council to be board of appeals. The planning and zoning will make recommendations; the council will approve or disapprove,” said Manion. “If there’s a problem, they can bring it back to the board of appeals, which can be the council. It would be smart to put more details in so you don’t get yourself into a problem.”

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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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Rushford Village looking to ordinances and plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Several zoning issues were discussed at length. Ordinances were determined to either be vague, in some areas, or needing to be enforced on issues such as nuisance dogs, lack of building variance, and overall compliance of ordina ..... 
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