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Rushford Village seeks tighter definitions on ordinances


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

Dealing with several issues, ranging from dogs to grass complaints, parking and fencing discrepancies, the City of Rushford Village is looking to review and further define several of its ordinances. Zoning Administrator Jon Petit noted that the zoning board wants council to be able to address issues directly and swiftly.

“These all came about because of a complaint here and there,” added Councilor Gordon Johnson, standing in as mayor in Dale Schwanke’s absence. “As attorney Manion has mentioned, some of these are not specific enough.”

In regards to the process of dealing with a complaint for most of these ordinance issues, Petit noted that a notification is sent to the ordinance violator with a period of time, typically 10 days, to remedy the situation. By the time something is actually done about the issue, between all the paperwork and time, several weeks can have passed.

Manion suggested the zoning board and council make a list of shortcomings in ordinances. In the meantime, he indicated he would look at model ordinances through the League of Minnesota Cities. “Perhaps there will be some guidance for setting up compliance and due process,” he noted.

In other news, the city cleared up some details of its contract with Harters Service, of LaCrosse, Wis. A discrepancy over billing for the spring and fall city-wide cleanup collection had raised some further questions of billing from Harters. According to company representative Matt Harter, the invoice has been adjusted to reflect the supplemental collection contract specifications.

“We’re just looking for clarification. There have been no concerns over bad service and the issues have all been addressed,” said Johnson.

Billing in general, as well as pickup issues, all seem to have been remedied by the service. The five-year contract between Harters and the City of Rushford Village is set to expire April 30 of 2014. Harters has provided notice that the city may put collection up for bid earlier than the expiration, if they desire to do so.

“Through communication, things get worked out,” noted Harter. “We appreciate your business and partnership.”

Further road issues also were discussed, including Magelssen Drive, Cooperative Way, and potential blacktopping of several Village roads.

In regards to Magelssen Drive, Johnson note .....
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Rushford and Peterson to Join Cities for “America’s Night Out Against Crime”

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Health & Wellness

On Tuesday, August 6, neighborhoods throughout Rushford, Minn. and Peterson, Minn. are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “30th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National ..... 
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The Place to be Seen in 2013: Rushford Days

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Features

By Sara Pecinovsky It’s already July, Independence Day has come and gone quickly, but don’t fret! There is still more summer left to relish the festivities in Southeast Minnesota. The city of Rushford, Minn. has been preparing for another fun a ..... 
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Rushford Village looks at fiscal impact report

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The City of Rushford Village was one of four entities that joined in participating in a wide-scope fiscal impact report by consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates. The intention of the report is to gain better understa ..... 
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Wedding - Hatleli/Halvorson

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

Andrea Hatleli and Andrew Halvorson were married on May 25, 2013, at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa. The bride’s parents are Jon and Catherine Hatleli of Rushford Village, Minn. The groom’s parents are Louann Halvorson ..... 
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Wedding - Hatleli ~ Halvorson

Mon, Jun 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

Andrea Hatleli and Andrew Halvorson were married on May 25, 2013, at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa. The bride’s parents are Jon and Catherine Hatleli of Rushford Village, Minn. The groom’s parents are Louann Halvorso ..... 
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Rushford Village looking to ordinances and plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Several zoning issues were discussed at length. Ordinances were determined to either be vague, in some areas, or needing to be enforced on issues such as nuisance dogs, lack of building variance, and overall compliance of ordina ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Grade 9: Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Minju Jeong, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O’Hare, Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Caleb Thompson, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter Grade 10: Courtney Gravos, Connor Jo ..... 
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