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Rushford Village looks at year end, finances


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

As the city prepares to conclude another fiscal year, a goal and priority listing for 2013 was revisited to discuss either status or completion. The goals were divided into four categories and subdivided into roughly 10 subcategories and included big items such as road bridge issues, sewer and water, and comprehensive planning. Other areas included office, technology, and efficiencies, zoning, co-op collaboration, and economic development. Of the goals, 60 percent have seen completion and the remaining are in progress. Some are continued goals which are not measured in absolute completion, as they are constantly being upgraded or improved.

“All in all, I certainly see progress,” stated Mayor Dale Schwanke. “The comprehensive plan was a huge goal.” The mayor also had his own five-item list of goals for the year, including staying under budget, structuring of a comprehensive plan, improving technology, developing a strategic plan for urban and rural streets, and continuing a review of city services. “Number five will always be there in my mind,” he said. “We need to find places to add value without adding cost.” Schwanke was already thinking to next year’s goals as he indicated a need for additional housing. “We need to get serious about looking at the process.”

Also in keeping with end-of-year housekeeping, the council reviewed several CDs, which matured December 19. It appears that some CDs which were marked for various projects, had not been used. At least eight items (listed as “A-H”) need review in regards to finances before the year’s end.

“I think the point here is we haven’t followed the bouncing ball well,” said Mayor Schwanke. “We need to transact every year. The big issue is we’ve got all these accounts. We need to look at budget of what we have on hand in all these little buckets.”

“The advantage is it wouldn’t show like we have a surplus of money,” said Councilor Gordy Johnson in regards to setting funds aside in CDs. “To earmark it for an area is not like having a big balance.” Johnson was quick to note, however, that funds set aside should be designated for projects and looked at alongside the general fund for budget planning. “It makes reasonable sense, provided there is a document that shows a clear number. It’ll help us understand the financial situation.”

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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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Rushford Village reduces levy, considers annexation petition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a move that’s not often an option for cities, Rushford Village has opted to reduce the city’s 2014 levy by $10,000, setting it at $350,000. The city hasn’t approved a levy increase since December 2011. In light of standing financial revie ..... 
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Rushford Village adopts ordinances, works out comprehensive plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

After months of trying to knock down redundant, non-consistent, or unclear language within Ordinance 5, the city has formally adopted changes that it hopes will prevent problems in the future. Deficiencies in the ordinance were brought forth by ci ..... 
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Rushford Village keeps at Planning and Zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The long process of setting forth a comprehensive plan is getting nearer to an end. Several months of work determining current zoning and planning responsibilities and ordinances are leading towards the establishment of an official Planning and Zoni ..... 
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R-P renews superintendent’s contract

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

After a recent snafu involving a well-meaning board chairwoman Angela Colbenson who followed school legal counsel advice, the district has officially approved Superintendent Ehler’s contract for another two years. Ehler’s past contract expired J ..... 
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Rushford Village goes ‘round with topic

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The review of the city’s current zoning board and the establishment or merge of a planning commission continues to be kicked around and was again an agenda topic at the Tuesday, October 1 council meeting. “You need to go through it and put it to ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School provides juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a headstart on their college education

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Jenny Helgemoe, R-P H.S. Counselor Rushford-Peterson High School is providing juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head­start on their college education. For a number of years now, R-P High School has been offering dual credit courses. ..... 
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R-P recipient of two grants

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education ..... 
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