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Rushford Village updates sticky ordinances, policies


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council discussed the need for modification to existing policies and ordinances at the Tuesday, August 5 meeting. Spurred by questions from Public Works/Maintenance Director Bob Thieret, City Clerk Kristina Mart suggested the city consider updating the 1994 ordinance regarding utility off.

“We need to make sure procedures are well-established,” said Mart. It was noted that the current ordinance requires a letter be sent to delinquent properties. The letter states a shut-off date and that bills past 60 days must be paid. Mart stated that currently, Thieret makes an attempt to approach the property owners prior to shutoff to allow for payment, but that the situation isn’t always a comfortable one. “There’s a couple that he’s scared to go to the door. Some have kids. It’s personal. It makes it hard.”

Councilor Dennis Overland suggested that there shouldn’t be door to door contact. “He’s there to shutoff.”

“You have to follow the policy,” echoed Councilor Chad Rasmussen, noting that making exceptions for particular residences can’t be done, lest the perception be that the city is allowing favoritism.

“Certain things have come to light and it lets you recognize that it’s out of date,” added Mayor Gordon Johnson. “If he [Thieret] can collect great, but we’re not asking him to do that. It’s a courtesy. People have to contact us and make arrangements before the shutoff date.”

City Attorney Tom Manion will look into League of Minnesota Cities recommendations on how best to address the issue and state the procedure, within the ordinance, for both the city and property owners.

Another hiccup for policy includes how to handle reimbursement and purchases for and by city employees. The issue apparently stems from a current practice of reimbursing some purchases immediately and some quarterly. Public Works/Maintenance Director Thieret was previously granted authority to expenditures under a specific amount. However, purchases on items like mower fuel and used culverts have presented some question, as did employees buying items from the city, such as used skid steer tires.

“Eventually, you’re going to run into some controversy, some second guessing that will unravel your policy,” suggested Manion, who noted the use of provisional approval granted by municipalities. “You need a policy. It won’t take lo .....
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Rushford-Peterson addresses building security

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district has ramped up its protocol for usage and opted for restricted access by key, following a concern brought forth by board member Taylor Peterson regarding unauthorized and unsupervised use of the facility. Under the new plan, access to th ..... 
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Rushford Village weeds out issue; looks ahead

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following the Tuesday, July 15 council meeting, the City of Rushford Village has taken decisive action against the flourishing thistle population within its borders. According the Mayor Gordon Johnson, a specific complaint regarding a property was b ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools School Board Election for Fall 2014

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The school board elections will take place with the fall general election to be held on Tuesday, November 4. There will be three openings on the Rushford-Peterson Board of Education and the terms will be for four years. Angela Colbenson, Daniel Muns ..... 
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Tri-City Challenge

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village All

Announcing the first annual Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff in Rushford, Minn. on October 3 and 4, 2014. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation for Rushford Peterson Schools. The Foundation for R-P Schools strives t ..... 
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Rushford Village moves Tuff Lane Bridge project forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Rushford Village Council, now with Gordon Johnson at the helm, following Dale Shwanke’s resignation as mayor, and Chad Rasmussen in the vacant council seat, wasted no time in dealing with agenda items. Several of the items, which have been on ..... 
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R-P moves new referendum forward

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Options regarding the new school initiative and a November 4, 2014 referendum were recently presented to the Rushford-Peterson District School Board. Gary Olson, of Ehler’s & Associates, and Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, presented th ..... 
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Rushford Village moves on road options; appoints Johnson mayor, Rasmussen new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following a recent petition on a road management project, Rushford Village has opted to consult with engineers Bolton & Menk, Inc. regarding cash options for the city street maintenance and repair. Identified roads have shifted in priority due to th ..... 
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Executed search warrant in Rushford Village leads to arrest/narcotics charge

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village All

Fillmore County Sheriff’s Deputies and members of the South Eastern Minnesota Narcotics and Gang Task Force executed a search warrant in South Rushford on Thursday, June 5, 2014. According to Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen, Officers executed ..... 
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