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Rushford discusses discretionary spending, attorney contract


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government



The Monday, November 24 council meeting had the lowest attendance in years, likely due to the first snow storm of the season. Several agenda items were tabled due to the weather and will be rescheduled so engineers can be present.

The most in-depth discussion of the evening was an agenda addition by Dahl, concerned over discretionary spending by the Public Works Department. A current fire hall roofing project, as well other non-specific downtown spending, was specifically mentioned by Dahl. The roofing project is an insurance claim and the city’s cost is the $500 deductible.

The city mailed project details to 10 contractors and received two replies. These sealed bids were forwarded onto the insurance company who chose the winning bidder. The project will be inspected to ensure it meets state building codes.

The city has a policy in place for discretionary spending, but city administrator Steve Sarvi stated that nearly all items are brought before the council. Anything above $75,000 must be bid out by statute, but typically, smaller amounts are brought forth for approval. “I honestly can’t think of a time that he’s (Copley) gone out and bought something without council approval. I don’t feel comfortable saying, ‘Go out and buy that,’” Added Sarvi.

Councilor Roger Colbenson suggested the city bid out all projects for labor and materials separately, for potential savings on unused materials and sales tax. Zacher noted that the amount didn’t justify bidding separately and ultimately the insurance company chose the bidder. “We’ve saved the city thousands of dollars by doing exactly what you said,” added Sarvi. “Please give us a little credit.”

Discussion over the prosecuting attorney contract followed. The current contract with Scott Springer, of Springer Law Office in Preston, expires December 31. Administrator Sarvi sought direction from the council on whether the city should recontract or seek requests for proposals from other firms. Because the proposals are for a professional service contract, the city is not required to take the low bid.

Councilors Roger Colbenson and Robert Dahl both noted they’d prefer not to recontract with Springer. “I think it’s time to look,” added councilor Vern Bunke. The council will be presented with proposals at the December meeting and are expected to make a decision then.

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Rushford-Peterson approves Design Team format

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

With a successful $38.1 million referendum, for a new facility, under their belt, the R-P School Board voted November 17 to move the initiative forward to the next stages. Nearly 30 packed into the high school biology room for the meeting, includi ..... 
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute intervals, beginning ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools new school information

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools and ATS&R will be holding a community input meeting for the planning and designing of our new school building on Monday, December 1 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the high school science rooms, 3rd floor. If you would like to have som ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Middle School 1st quarter honor roll

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

6th Grade: A Honors: Paige Dailey, Megan Ekern, Alayna Helgemoe, Hailey Jenkins, Hannah Linder, Julia Maynard, Luke O’Hare, Isabelle Olson, Josiah Rasmussen, Emma Schuster, Jonah Sievers, Hale Stensgard, Lily Thompson B Honors: Bradley Colbens ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School 1st quarter honor roll

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

9th Grade: A Honors: Nicholas Anderson, Benjamin Ansell, Nicole Blagsvedt, Dawson Dahl, Keegan Dittman, Jordan Dressler-Guyer, Michael Ekern, Payton Hahn, Olivia Hoff, Derek Jannsen, Morgan Kingsley, Victoria Kjome, Anna Kjos, Hannah Ledebuhr, Jor ..... 
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Academic lettering assembly

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Wednesday, November 12, forty-two Rushford-Peterson students were recognized for their leadership in academics. Students in grades 9-11 from the 2013-2014 school year, maintaining a 3.670 GPA each quarter, received a letter, pin, and certificate of ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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