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Frustrations mount for Rushford Village over road project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 26th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

After hearing frustrations from the city council, project engineering firm, and residents (as noted by council members), it appears that Rushford Village’s frustrations with work in the south Rushford area of the city continue to mount. At the Tuesday, September 20 Rushford Village Council meeting Bolton & Menk Engineer Josh Pope gave the council an update and project progress as well as liquidated damages for the contractor exceeding the substantial completion date of September 17.

“I’ve read the emails. You folks have had your hands full,” said Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson to Pope.

“The entire Village has had their hands full,” retorted Pope. While Pope stated it was indicated that concrete work was expected to be completed by September 21, with paving done September 22, he believes it’s more likely at least three to four working days before the project is at that state. “Provided they continue on this path, it’s more likely next week.” Pope indicated he’s had to tell residents he’s just not sure when work, currently scattered throughout south Rushford, will be completed. “I hate doing it, but I have to tell them. Hopefully, the contractor adheres to that, but given their track record…” he continued.

Liquidated damages within the contract equaling $850 per day beyond the September 17 and until substantial completion is met, has spurred a sense of urgency in the contractor, McHugh Excavating. “There’s been more urgency in the last few days than in the last month,” added Pope. “It’s helping us.” While Pope admits that additional contract time is warranted for some weather delay and additional portions of the project. According to the contract, the contractor must submit paperwork with justification in order to be considered for additional time. Pope says McHugh is seeking additional days to the contract timeline, but hasn’t formally filed since the request did not include any type of justification for the extension. McHugh has requested an extension to October 25, more than five weeks, to the contract. “We’re not even going to attempt to look at that without justification,” added Pope.

Councilor Chad Rasmussen cited his frustrations with the contractor and why the extension was needed. “There was two weeks with sun and no rain and they weren’t there,” he said. “Why wasn’t there a sense of urgency bef .....
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Rushford Village hits at completion for south Rushford project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 12th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village council, and residents of South Rushford, are patiently awaiting completion of infrastructure upgrades that are part of a $878,000 improvement project. A long time coming, the project was aimed at continuing efforts to get the c ..... 
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Rushford Village to hold hearing; informational meeting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, August 16 Rushford Village meeting was a brisk 32 minutes and was continued, rather than adjourned, to the next meeting. At that time, the council will host a public broadband informational meeting at the request of AcenTek, as well as ..... 
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Rushford Village considers Tiny House Ordinance

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

A swift August 2 Rushford Village Council meeting, with Mayor Pro tem Dennis Overland at the helm, sorted out several items of continuing discussion and hit at a new ordinance from the state geared towards the Tiny House Movement. According to Cit ..... 
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Rushford Village addresses communication issues over project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The Tuesday, June 21 Rushford Village council meeting wrapped up in just under and hour and a half, but the majority of the meeting focused on just one of a dozen agenda items. The 2016 Road Project is underway in various porti ..... 
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Rushford Village details road improvement options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner City of Rushford Village has spent nearly every meeting over the course of the last three years discussing road improvement needs and projects. Now, the city is set to kick off an $878,000 project in south Rushford in the comin ..... 
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Rushford Village secures bond; discusses Grimsrud property

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following nearly three years’ worth of plans aimed at trying to get City of Rushford Village paved roadways up to good condition and under a maintenance schedule; the city has approved a bond of $878,000 through Minnesota Rural Water Association. ..... 
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Rushford Village awards bid in road improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, May 3 Rushford Village council meeting, a continuation of the April 19 meeting, went without a hitch as the council tackled several road and bridge items, as well as the hire of a new city clerk. The full council was in attendance. Bo ..... 
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Bluff Tracks trail system development eyes economic impact

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village The Great Outdoors

Development of a multifaceted recreational trail system, centered in the Rushford Peterson Valley, continues to gain momentum. The Bluff Tracks Recreational Trail System seeks to enhance the existing natural beauty of the area, while providing a var ..... 
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