Jac's
 
 
VBC Video
"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Online Edition
Friday, July 25th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
 
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | > | >>

Rushford Village Mayor Schwanke resigns; city recaps plans moving forward


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 16th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

To the surprise of many, Rushford Village Mayor Dale Schwanke resigned his post as mayor, effective June 3, following a decision to relocate to northern Wisconsin. Until that date, Schwanke and the council are reviewing current goals and plans. “We have things to take a look at and see how you want to proceed moving forward,” noted Schwanke at the May 13 meeting.

Once Schwanke officially steps down, mayor pro-tem Gordon Johnson will step up to the role. The council vacancy will be filled by council appointment. It has been noted that interested persons should send a letter of interest to the city for review.

Several projects are up in the air for the city, with or without Schwanke’s exit. While the city had made strides forward in a street evaluation and maintenance plans, a recent petition shot down the city’s hopes of a 10-year street maintenance plan. Due to the petition, the city must put the project on the back burner for the period of one-year.

“I have a feeling that some of them didn’t have a clue what they were signing,” noted Johnson of the petition. “Only one on the petition had been to any of the meetings. I think it’s like playing telephone. Someone tells someone a story and by the time it gets back to you, it’s not the same story. I’m really disappointed in the whole process. If we really want services and want to have roads, who is going to pay for it? We haven’t looked at these things just to make people pay.”

There is funding in the current budget for the city to do some of the maintenance that was deemed necessary by the road condition study, but what will be a priority remains to be determined. Included in discussion was Aspen Road and Toof Lane, which includes bridge work mandated by the county and potential sealcoating on some roads. Cost estimates are still to be seen.

Other city Maintenance/Public Works projects will also have to take a backseat with restricted funding. A punchlist created by Public Works Director Bob Thieret is being revised. It was suggested the list be itemized by first, second, and third priority, as well as those having potential funding sources elsewhere noted. The projects will come before the council at the next meeting for review.

The council will meet Tuesday, May 20, at 5:30 p.m. for a scheduled road tour. The council meeting will follow at 7 p.m., at city hall.
Fillmore County Pork Producers
Hoffman Stables

ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The menu is set. The cooks are ready to go. The wine and beer sommeliers have picked the beverages. ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away, and we’re ready for our guests. This annual experience of taste promises to be an evening of incredible fla ..... 
[Read the Rest]

RASA summer theater production auditions upcoming

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts will be holding auditions for this summer’s community theater production of ‘The Butler Did It”, on Thursday evening, May 15, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. in the Rushford Peterson High School Theat ..... 
[Read the Rest]

Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
[Read the Rest]

R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]

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 ..... 
[Read the Rest]
< | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | > | >>