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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 coming weeks. The project was bonded through Minnesota Rural Water Association. Terms of the bond are 15 years at 2.7%.

The project includes road widening, as well as mill and overlay in sections and some culvert replacement. The council has acknowledged that storm water drainage in the area is an ongoing problem and is seeking to address the issue where possible. Many of the culverts in the area are currently in poor to fair condition, contributing to some backflow and ponding of water. While it’s been discussed, there is currently not time available for the city to do an in-depth storm water analysis. “We know snippets, but not the full details,” noted Pope at the May 24 council meeting.

Pope, Rushford Village Mayor Gordon Johnson, and Public Works Supervisor Travis Scheck recently met with property owners in the area to take a closer look at the cause of the problems, options, and impacts of those options. At the June 7 council meeting, Pope was on hand to further discuss the drainage issue and additional options, including a project change order, within this project.

Plans to replace the north to south running culvert on Whitmore Street have been stopped. According to Pope, the existing ditch profile drains west to east, “albeit not effectively.” Instead, the ditch profile will be altered. He added that an additional 100 cubic yards of fill in the area of 44736 Goodrich Street and 30390 South Sherwood Street will create a nearly 4:1 slope similar to what’s currently on nearby Prospect Street. Water backflows into the adjacent property at 30419 Whitmore and the culvert isn’t serving its purpose, but plans to replace it with a concrete culvert, the most expensive line item in the contractor’s bid, may not address the situation fully.

Pope has been in conversation with the contractor, McHugh Excavating, to get agreed pricing documented. Once pricing is in hand, the city can look at seeking a change order. Additionally, the city can opt for value engineering using Public Works assistance where possible. The price impact of a change order for the project could range from $8,000-15,000, in Pope’s estimation.

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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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Rushford Village comes to temporary terms with parking issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

At the Tuesday, March 15 meeting, the Rushford Village council discussed an ongoing ordinance violation regarding on-street parking by Featherstone Farms. Featherstone owner/operator Jack Heddin was present at the meeting to help determine a plan of ..... 
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Rushford Council discusses options for vacant liquor store site

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 29th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a 5:30 p.m. work session, Monday, February 22, the Rushford City Council dove into a lengthy discussion regarding review of the building at 409 S. Elm Street, the vacant and former Municipal Liquor Store, and consideration of potential pla ..... 
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Rushford Village continues meeting prior to disaster training

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

With the February 2 meeting canceled due to an area storm that caused widespread highway closings, the Rushford Village council picked up the agenda items at their second meeting of the month, Tuesday, February 17. In a swift meeting, the council di ..... 
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R-P community continues to support our school leaders

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Our community has been blessed with a forward thinking superintendent, Mr. Ehler, and a school board that has brought us so far since 2007. Shortly prior to the 2007 flood, Mr. Chuck Ehler was hired by a school board who believed he was the person ..... 
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Rushford Village preps for new year

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The brief Tuesday, January 5 Rushford Village Council meeting highlighted assignments, designations, and other annual housekeeping for the city. Councilor Dennis Overland was once again nominated and approved as mayor pro tem, acting in place of M ..... 
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