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Rushford Village considers ordinances for cabins


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

At the Tuesday, October 20 city council meeting, Rushford Village Zoning Administrator Jon Pettit gave the council a heads up that the Planning and Zoning Commission is reviewing both the city’s own ordinances pertaining to cabins, as well as Fillmore County’s current ordinance. “I’d like to see us work towards the Fillmore County Ordinance,” stated Pettit.

The Planning and Zoning Commission has undertaken a complete review and update of the city’s ordinances and this is only the latest in a series of discussions regarding definitions and guidelines. Much of the conversation related to definition of what was a taxable value or size for a structure. As the ordinance currently stands, recreational cabins on non-agricultural land and those on agricultural land are not addressed in the same standards. However, the state has regulations on size of a cabin for taxable assessment, which both the city and the council must abide by. Local ordinances can be more regulated if counties or municipalities wish.

Pettit noted the square footage and additional structures such as concrete slabs and decks need to be considered to determine tax value. “It’s certainly input we need to have from the assessor, so we can go through this rather than battle it,” added Pettit.

“We don’t want to add additional tax burden, but we have to have a level playing field,” stated Mayor Gordon Johnson. “These are uncharted things for us.”

The Planning and Zoning Commission will further review the ordinances, consult with the Fillmore County Assessor, and bring back a recommendation to the council. Changes to the city ordinance will need to first go through a public hearing prior to formal adoption. As no recommendation has been officially put forth, a hearing date has not been set.

In other news, the petitioner of a Partition Fence Action Resolution Meeting has requested the action be canceled. The individual has come to an agreement with a neighbor regarding a property boundary fence. The costs related to the meeting and work leading to it will be determined by City Attorney Tom Manion. Once the cost is determined, if a balance remains to the petitioners $350 deposit, it will be refunded by the city.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Tuesday, November 3, at 7 p.m., at the Village Hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

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Rushford approves subdivision ordinance addition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford city council held a public hearing Tuesday, October 13 during its regular council meeting. Public comment was taken regarding an amendment to the subdivision regulations ordinance of the larger zoning ordinance. Only one person, Glen Pa ..... 
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Rushford Village seeks new councilor; hires public works assistant

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The City of Rushford Village brought forth plans to add a Public Works/Maintenance assistant earlier this year. In September, the job was posted. Candidate’s applications were reviewed by Public Works/Maintenance Supervisor Travis Scheck, City Cle ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson groundbreaking ceremony

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new EC-12th grade school to be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at R-P Schools Niggle Field. In November, 2014, Rushford-Peterson Schools held a refer ..... 
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Rushford reviews renewable energy systems ordinance, city hall move

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

A public hearing was held September 28 during the regular Rushford City Council meeting in regards to an amendment to the Rushford Zoning Ordinance. The proposed new chapter will address renewable energy systems with the intent to encourage systems ..... 
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Correction

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

In the Monday, September 28, 2015 issue of the Fillmore County Journal it was stated in the article “Lawsuit started against R-P School District” that the meeting for redeveloping the Peterson Middle School is October 12 at 7 p.m. It is actually ..... 
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Bid award for R-P School draws large crowd, further debate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

As expected, the Monday, September 28 special meeting of the Rushford-Peterson School Board drew in more than 60 residents, including a dozen children with their parents. The meeting was set to review bids for the construction of the new early child ..... 
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Velkommen! Norwegian tourists visit area

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 5th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Features

In this area, we take national heritage as a badge of honor. The Irish, Germans, and Norwegians who settled these bluffs and valleys could still see many of their traditions being held today. In something of a reverse of ancestral path walking, an e ..... 
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Lawsuit started against Rushford-Peterson School District

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Education

While some in the valley community are gearing up for bid opening and ground breaking for the new school facility, others are digging in their heels to protest the process that’s led to this point, as well as what is believed as infringement upon ..... 
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