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Rushford Village continues commission and ordinance discussion


By Kirsten Zoellner

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

By Kirsten Zoellner

The City of Rushford Village does not currently have a Planning and Zoning Commission and that is creating an issue according to City Attorney Tom Manion. “What you have is loose. You’re just going around and around. The city currently operates planning and zoning by statute. It states, ‘The city shall be board of adjustment in absence of planning and zoning commission.’ It’s been suggested, however, that the city have the commission identified as such, established by ordinance.

Using a League of Minnesota Cities template, Manion and the city have worked to tweak a definition of the Planning and Zoning Commission for their needs, merging the current zoning board into a joint entity. If adopted, the five-member commission will be in place to provide input on a comprehensive plan, as well as for reviews and recommendations to the city. Jon Petit would continue as zoning administrator, conducting all field work for the commission, such as the issuance of permits.

The city intends to continue review of both the current statute and the league document to combine the two into what suits the needs of the city.

The city is also in need of updates to several ordinances, per Manion, including those related to animal and fence issues, which have arisen lately. The council has been working through ordinance language to further define what will be ultimately enforceable. “It’s so much better than what you had before, which wasn’t much,” noted Manion.

In regards to animal control, the council has debated several defining factors, such as nuisance barking and dangerous animal standards. Now, items such as the number and type of animals, including exotics, in R1 and R2 zoning, are coming up. “We’re getting too close in regulations, stepping in too far,” cautioned Councilor Dennis Overland. “I don’t want to be accused of it when I don’t like it.”

Other key issues are how to handle known violations if no complaints are made and who will enforce the new ordinance. “We’re stacking the deck against ourselves if there’s not someone out there enforcing,” added Councilor Gordon Johnson.

“It’s a good document,” noted zoning board member Glen Kopperud. “I suggest you accept it and fine tune it later.” The new ordinance was passed 4-to-1 with Councilor Overland objecting.

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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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Rushford Village selects engineer for road work

By Kirsten Zoellner

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

By Kirsten Zoellner Following several months of discussion revolving around road issues, and a request for proposal from four firms, the city has contracted with Bolton & Menk, Inc. The purpose of the collaboration is to head off potential stumblin ..... 
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9/11 commemorative flag raising at Farmers Co-op Elevator Company

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Business Announcements

As the nation and world look towards the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Rushford American Legion and Farmers Co-op Elevator Company invite the public to a flag dedication ceremony to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Rushford Village hits at ordinance update, budget, road projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner On the suggestion of city attorney Tom Manion, the city has been looking to tighten up definitions to some of its ordinances, looking at what would be defendable in a legal issue. An ongoing complaint about barking dogs by three ..... 
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Taste of the Trail - 2013 on the Root River Trail System

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

Taste of the Trail is similar to many “Taste of…events in many towns all over the Midwest. On three Saturdays in September, during this annual trail wide event, you can experience the abundance of food and activities in southeastern Minnesota. E ..... 
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Input on proposed Rushford Village street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Ten residents turned out at the August 6 public hearing regarding proposed 15-year, general obligation bonding for several street improvement projects. The proposed bonding could be up to $550,000, but not exceeding, and would l ..... 
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Senior Wagon Rides Along the Root River State Trail

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013, beginning at the Rushford Depot in Rushford, Minn. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Rushford Depot to Houston, Minn. and then travel to ..... 
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