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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 workable hours for the recently added second public works position was at the center. The city had budgeted $15,700 or 887 hours for the position, currently held by Evan Meier. To date, $13,144 or 661 hours remain after a heavy start to the workload with additional seasonal plowing.

The funds have been set aside for the entire year, but Thieret is seeking to make the position 30 hours a week in an effort to reduce the project schedule. Under that scenario, the budget will allow for just over 22 weeks of work. However, the city requested that at least a week of that be set aside for late 2014 plowing needs, leaving 21 weeks.

The projects include road and shoulder repair or widening, culvert repair or debris removal, fire hydrant repair and flushing, signage upgrades, meter reading, seeding, and brush clearing. Thieret intends to look into rental of equipment for major roadside brush clearing in an effort to save costs. In 2013, the work was done by Norby Tree Service. However, the workload, which Thieret has scheduled for 84 days this summer, may prove too much. Work by the second public works employee is subject to benefits if over 1,000 hours worked or a specific dollar threshold.

In in a related topic, the city approached Thieret with suggestions for rural garbage and recycling pickup. At the last meeting, it was noted that the city is seeing an $18,000 increase annually in cost from services rendered by Harters Quick Clean Up Service. The company and city agreed to a contract under the new terms, but both acknowledged that the contract could be reviewed and potentially modified if cost savings can be found.

Considerations such as a hydraulic lift on a trailer or using the dump truck and loader were discussed, both which would see garbage and recycling brought to the Village Hall for collection by Harters. It’s estimated that there are 125-150 rural stops within the Village. The driving time of these stops, as opposed to loading time, were noted as the biggest expense, and led to the discussion of having the Village do their own pickups of the rural stops.

Councilor Todd Baker, however, noted that there may be little cost savings once the city .....
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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series ..... 
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Village sticks with road option, waits for input

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Having received detailed road management and improvement recommendations and plans, the Village moved forward the discussion of a potential $1 million bonding on an improvement option. At a Tuesday, February 24 special meeting, the council debated t ..... 
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Rushford Village opts for more time on annexation request

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Discussion of a petition for detachment from the city of Peterson and annexation to the city of Rushford Village continued at the February 11 Village council meeting. January 8, Peterson struck down the request for detachment citing a disservice to ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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Rushford Village receives pavement management plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a process that’s seen momentum in the last six months, the Village is making strides forward in the development of a comprehensive street plan. Following a wide-scope fiscal impact report this past July, the city has spent considerable time deta ..... 
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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 p ..... 
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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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