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City of Rushford Village implements comprehensive plan


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Progress Edition

Following a thorough fiscal impact report and public input session last July and the restructure of a planning and zoning commission last fall, the City of Rushford Village concluded a long-term effort to develop a modern and workable comprehensive plan.

“In development for the future, it’s a tool to help with your vision and street to achieve that vision,” noted Kristina Peterson of Yaggy Colby and Associates, this past November. The 35 page document highlights a 10-point outline and encompasses 17 goals for the city now and in the future. Several other documents were utilized and review in the new plan development.

Following the goals are action steps for each. “It gives the council a big target to look at when planning,” noted Mayor Dale Schwanke last fall. The plan will also assist with ideas, programs, and collaboration. “People spent a lot of time on this. Questions were asked, research done. It’s a good document and a good discussion,” said Schwanke. “It really forced us to think a, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ kind of thing.”

The most critical piece of the plan, according to Peterson, was land use. Covered in the document are issues and concerns with land use, as well as regulations that pertain to usage. The land use goal, number 10, reads, “Protect the Natural Resources during development.” Action steps include encouraging site designs that minimize surface water run-off, allowing alternative energy systems such as solar energy and wind energy systems according to the city ordinance, the creation or preservation of trees on city managed lands, the consideration of a tree preservation requirements for developments, and a consideration of stricter requirement for slope protection, not only limiting development on steep slopes but prohibiting the creation of steep slopes.

Other key goals include the embracing and documentation of city history, the maintenance or increase of population, and provision of a range of housing choices for new and existing residents with changing needs. The protection of natural resources is a forefront goal, as is the creation of an open space and recreation system that highlights and protects the natural resources.

Public infrastructure is an obvious target and goals pertaining to it include the provision of a well-maintained local street network and support improvements to the regional system, the provision of effi .....
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Rushford Village starts year trying to nip issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The start of a new year prompted some annual housekeeping, appointments, and review of rates, funds, indebtedness, and more at the Tuesday, January 7 council meeting. Along with this, the city reviewed a conversation between City Treasurer Judy Grah ..... 
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Rushford Village looks at year end, finances

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

As the city prepares to conclude another fiscal year, a goal and priority listing for 2013 was revisited to discuss either status or completion. The goals were divided into four categories and subdivided into roughly 10 subcategories and included bi ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Rushford Village reduces levy, considers annexation petition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a move that’s not often an option for cities, Rushford Village has opted to reduce the city’s 2014 levy by $10,000, setting it at $350,000. The city hasn’t approved a levy increase since December 2011. In light of standing financial revie ..... 
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Rushford Village adopts ordinances, works out comprehensive plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

After months of trying to knock down redundant, non-consistent, or unclear language within Ordinance 5, the city has formally adopted changes that it hopes will prevent problems in the future. Deficiencies in the ordinance were brought forth by ci ..... 
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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 Zoni ..... 
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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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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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