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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 addressed the board.

"What was the reason for the misunderstanding or miscommunication?” asked board member Taylor Peterson.

“It was a case of misunderstanding and miscommunication with the Winona Agency,” says district superintendent Chuck Ehler. “When we sent out the proposals the due date listed was April 4. In a conversation with Winona Agency, they thought there was a verbal agreement of a due date of May 4. After the due date, both Winona Agency and Vaaler Insurance Agency, who submitted bids, were contacted and the situation was explained. The Vaaler Agency consented to allow an extension until May 4th for the Winona Agency to have time to secure a viable quote.”

The district advertised for bids in mid-February and received inquiries from four agencies. The district received bids from Vaaler Insurance Agency and Winona Agency. Currently, Vaaler (Trident Insurance) provides the district’s property insurance and Winona provides the district’s workmen’s compensation coverage.

“I put that on him and his agency. They missed the deadline,” responded Peterson.

Johnson, one of the agencies interested in bidding, addressed discrepancies in valuations in the bid, as well as what he believed was a lack of information needed for formulating a bid. “What are we bidding on? It’s not spelled out. Can you make heads or tails of that? The information is not there,” stated Johnson. “My concern is what information are the agencies getting to put a bid on it? I’m wondering if the other agencies are getting special information. It’s totally unbiddable. The whole thing is incomplete. Period.”

Ehler noted his hope that agencies with questions would call for clarification. “All I ask is a phone call.”

Johnson responded regarding a discussion three years ago, at the time the last insurance bids were sought. At that time, he says he indicated to the district that the information was unbiddable. Additionally, Johnson noted that most companies won’t put bids out over 90 days, not being able to guarantee risk. Currently, bids are approved by the school board in August, with an effective date of September 1.< .....
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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 ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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 workab ..... 
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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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