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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 city attorney Tom Manion, as well as Christina Peterson, of Yaggy Colby Associates, who is working with the city on a comprehensive plan. Often dubbed “vague” or “unclear” at meetings, Manion has noted that the city needs consistent, clear ordinances in order to stand behind them legally. The changes amount to amending Subsections 1514, fences or walls, vision clearance, as well as amending Subsections 100-1705, which concern the city Planning and Zoning Commission. Also adopted was the resolution for Ordinance 1, animal control.

In regards to Subsections 1700-1705, the Zoning Board has spent a great deal of time working through the current ordinance, replacing, eliminating, or updating portions. Board member Joyce Iverson presented the changes, citing the logic behind them, ensuring a thorough ordinance and proper setup for a comprehensive plan.

“In part of our going through, updating the comp plan, we looked at how our board was established; the process. Working with Mr. Manion, we identified some definitions that needed to be changed to match,” said Iverson.

“We just have to be consistent,” noted Councilor Dennis Overland. “Little things come back to bite us later on. Get it as clear as you can.” While the full ordinance document is available at city hall, the summary resolution will be posted on the city website.

The work on the updated comprehensive plan is also nearing completion. “In development for the future, it’s a tool to help with your vision and street to achieve that vision,” noted Christina Peterson. In the document, 17 community goals are laid out alongside the vision statement and statistical data such as history, demographics, land and water characteristics, public facilities and infrastructure. The most critical piece of the plan, according to Peterson, is land use. Covered in the document are issues and concerns with land use, as well as regulations that pertain to usage.

Following the goals are action steps for each. “It gives the council a big target to look at when planning,” noted Mayor Dale Schwanke. The plan will also assist with ideas, programs, and collaboration.

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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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SpectaculAir at Rushford, MN promises to be spectacular

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Rushford Municipal Airport at Rushford, Minn., presents the first-ever SpectaculAir air show, September 27 and 28, 2013, at the airport. The event, sponsored by the City of Rushford, Mead & Hunt, Inc., and approximately a dozen local businesses ..... 
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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 cit ..... 
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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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