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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workforce and transitional housing which has come to light in recent years. The study will assess current housing conditions, analyze sales and rental markets, and provide development recommendations.

By making the study more current, the city believes it may increase attraction and assistance of potential developers, as well as open opportunities for grants, tax credits, and other funding sources. Additionally, should the Rushford-Peterson School District’s proposed referendum pass November 4, the timing of the city study may coincide with the opportunity of redevelopment for current district facilities.

Minnesota Housing Partnership offers a matching funds grant for housing studies which the city intends to utilize to cover a portion of the cost. By having the study, the city will be in better position to prove to the state its housing needs.

Levee work continues for the city. Some $360,000 of Department of Natural Resources grant money from the state, earmarked for levee correction, is still available to the city. Minor portions of the project are still underway and some yet to commence, but the city wants to secure the funding, or at least have it held for the project.

Currently, the city is accepting quotes for the removal and restoration of riprap work at headwalls, restoration of ditches, and other riprap work. The items have been identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as necessary to meet standards. The council opted to pre-approve the best-price bidder at the October 27 meeting, prior to actual bid opening. This was in effort to facilitate a quick response on the work timeline, keeping the project moving.

“We have to keep moving or we might lose it. We have to show we’re still working on it,” noted City Clerk Kathy Zacher.

“We’re going to more lengths than needed to do it right. That way, if the Corps comes back and says anything we can show them,” added City Administrator Steve Sarvi. The city also believes that it will have a better case with the state this way, showing continued progress and fiscal responsibility with state dollars.

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Peterson approves County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Peterson saw standing room only at the Wednesday, October 22 council meeting, a portion of which was dedicated to a second public hearing on the County 25 project planned for 2015. The state aid highway is scheduled to have a complete reconstruction ..... 
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R-P addresses referendum rumors, issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district continues to address issues regarding the $38 million referendum, specifically those raised at recent forums, which haven’t eased public rumor and speculation. While the cost continues to be a major issue for many, as noted during the ..... 
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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 cou ..... 
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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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