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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 detailing, recording, and creating a methodology for road conditions and improvements.

The Village has considered improvements to several areas, including Cooperative Way, Whitemore, Prospect, West Goodrich, Plummer, East Goodrich, Meadow, Aspen, Village Drive, Money Creek, Nordic Road, Ridgeview, Rush Creek Roe, portions of Aspen Road, and County Line Road to or just beyond Laura Lane. The roads considered are of varying material and condition. Some are in a state of much-needed repair, while others are being looked at due to increasing costs of maintenance. In the latter, the city is reviewing the opportunity of reduce the need for annual crushed rock, grading, winter rock, and dust control on higher maintenance roads through paving.

While the cost, an estimated $519,000 initially discussed in July, presents a problem for the city, how the city would determine which roads a priority soon rose to the forefront of the issue. “Let’s bring it to the public and let them tell us what they’d like to see done. It’s never easy to spend that kind of money. We’re known for being pretty frugal, but you have to pay one way or another,” noted Councilor Gordon Johnson previously. “Road rock is our single biggest expenditure every year. Costs are not going to go down. I would hope a public hearing would give us some direction.”

A public hearing for the road issues was held August 6 and 10 residents turned out for discussion of a proposed 15-year, general obligation bonding for several street improvement projects. The proposed bonding was limited $550,000 and would see potential funding through Minnesota Rural Water. Original consideration to get all needed street work done, which includes resurfacing and paving of heavily travelled roads, amounted to $3.25 million, but the council quickly dismissed a plan of that magnitude.

“We need to do this in steps and stages, but we need to start somewhere,” noted Johnson during the hearing. One of our main considerations is that there is a certain amount of maintenance and grading, and crushed rock to keep the streets as drivable. We weighed these recommendations against the amount of invested maintenance.”

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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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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 bi ..... 
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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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