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Rushford Village waits for answers


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Several issues and the projects for the city are in a holding pattern. While the majority is ready to move forward, various pieces of information remain before the city can press on.

The Tuff Lane Bridge project, estimated as a nearly $100,000 county-mandated project, is prepped for bid letting. However, required permitting has not cleared. Due to the massive watershed related to the project, the city was subject to various permitting from the Department of Natural Resources and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District. It’s unclear whether the project required additional permitting from the Army Corps of Engineers, citing jurisdiction claim over the waterway. Once the remaining permitting is in place, the city will order formal bid letting on the project. Construction may likely happen spring of 2015.

The city is also waiting for information relating to the unauthorized dumping of sealcoating material along a portion of County Line Road. Several Village roads, not the road in question, were sealcoated as routine maintenance. According to Mayor Gordon Johnson, leftover material was dumped over a portion of the gravel County Line Road, which led to severe rutting.

“The sealcoating guys didn’t have any business dumping on our road,” added Public Works Director Bob Thieret. He went on to add that his department graded the road, but it deteriorated again, due to the material. They intended to bring crushed rock and grade again, but a resident had independently contracted to apply a dust deterrent over the section and it was applied three days before the department was to do the work. Public Works decided to add the rock and grade over the dust deterrent regardless, as the only manageable solution, and later had new deterrent applied. Now, the city is seeking to have the sealcoating contractor pay for any added costs that came as a result of the unauthorized dumping.

The sum of the original contracted work was $75,811.27. The city, under recommendation from attorney Tom Manion, has reviews options for including paying a portion of the contract or none. The city opted to hold back all payment to the contractor until an agreement on added costs can be secured. “It was their negligence that did it. I would recommend withholding it all, as part of the integrated contract. That’s your leverage,” noted Manion.

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R-P Referendum Forum draws hundreds

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

More than 230 people packed the R-P gymnasium Monday, October 6 for the second of two public forums related to the proposed $38,165,000 school referendum. Presented in town meeting format, the district revamped some of the meeting procedure after th ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

To the Editor, After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Dayton signed a bill that provides ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Letter about R-P referendum... To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanl ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Rushford Village increases maximum levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the cou ..... 
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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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