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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 discussed options for a number of roads, including blacktopping heavily traveled or problematic gravel roads, but opted to use the grading determined in the survey to designate a particular series of roads in the plan.

Plan Option 2 Modified calls for overlay, sealcoating, or reclamation of roadways in two parts, 2014 and 2019, carrying them through the next decade. In 2014, south Rushford will see the bulk of scheduled upgrades. Prospect Street, Main Street, Plummer Street, Whitmore Street, Darr Avenue, and Goodrich Street will see sections of both overlay and reclamation. Hayes Street, Sherwood Street, and Meadow Avenue will be sealcoated, as is Oakview Loop, south off of Highway 43. To the north, in the Cedar Hill Park subdivision, Hillview Drive and Nordic Lane will have overlay upgrades and Ridgeview Road, from Highway 43 to Rush Creek Roe is scheduled for reclamation. East of Rushford, Money Creek Road is scheduled for sealcoating. In 2019, all roads listed, except Money Creek Road, will have a new sealcoat layer applied. Money Creek Road is instead scheduled for overlay in that year. Laura Lane, is also added to the mix in 2019, scheduled for sealcoating.

The council has acknowledged the maximum cost of $1.2 million as “big” to the city taxpayers, but has also acknowledged the lack of planning for maintenance in keeping up with inflationary costs. “The city does not have enough in its current budgeted levy to keep up the 5.2 miles of paved roadways,” noted Councilor Gordon Johnson. “All the money we’ve allocated, the money we budgeted was not enough,” noted Councilor Gordon Johnson. “Some roads are salvageable, some are not. We’ve let them go farther than they’re worth. The most cost effective thing we could find was to do most this year. Either we play catch up or we let them go back to gravel.”

Six property owners in attendance challenged the need for the large project affecting the whole of the city tax base; Floyd Dunn, Merle Evenson, Ike Johnson, Phillip Kahoun, Todd Lund, and Paul Sorum. “All taxpayers are paying, but only some benefiting from the improvements. When are you gonna blacktop mine then?” asked Lund.

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Rushford Village takes detachment/annexation issue off the table

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Rushford Village residents of County Line Road and Laura Lane turned up in force again at the April 1 Village council meeting. Over just shy of two hours, a public hearing over a proposed 10-year pavement management plan encompassed topics including ..... 
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City of Rushford Village - Mayoral Proclamation In Observance of National Donate Life Month

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Health & Wellness

Whereas April is considered National Donate Life Month; and Whereas Organ, eye and tissue donation is a gift which extends hope and healing to those in need; and Whereas Nearly 115,000 Americans and approximately 3,000 people in Minnesota are waiti ..... 
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Rushford Village looks to projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a surprisingly short meeting, March 18, the Rushford Village Council covered details of sizeable amount of projects slated for the 2014 summer season with Public Works Director Bob Thieret. Citing nearly 50 items on the list, the number of workab ..... 
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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series ..... 
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Village sticks with road option, waits for input

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Having received detailed road management and improvement recommendations and plans, the Village moved forward the discussion of a potential $1 million bonding on an improvement option. At a Tuesday, February 24 special meeting, the council debated t ..... 
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Rushford Village opts for more time on annexation request

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Discussion of a petition for detachment from the city of Peterson and annexation to the city of Rushford Village continued at the February 11 Village council meeting. January 8, Peterson struck down the request for detachment citing a disservice to ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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