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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 bed so we have something we can say we’re going to use,” stressed city attorney Tom Manion. “It’s important for the comprehensive plan.”

It’s been suggested by Manion that the language regarding zoning and planning is vague and needs clarification. Currently, the city has a zoning board and the city serves as the board of adjustment. However, that may not be enough to satisfy requirements for long-term planning.

The power and duties of a planning commission include the authority to conduct public hearings, to prepare and adopt comprehensive plan, to review all amendments to planning ordinance, and to make recommendations to the council for conditional use permits, issues involving subdivisions, and more. As stated at a previous meeting, the city has used a League of Minnesota Cities template to tweak the definition of a Planning and Zoning Commission for their needs, attempting to merge the current zoning board into a joint entity.

“Can’t we just say the planning commission is the zoning board?” asked Councilor Dennis Overland.

“Whether you call it a planning commission or a zoning board; it’s the same thing.”

Manion disagreed, citing the need for the city to determine the governing body, whether or not it’s established or appointed, and who has the final say. “It might be wise to still put something more in there.”

Even without the establishment of a planning commission, there’s a verbal headache lingering for the zoning board authority. According to Manion, the current language details a zoning board and that there shall be a board of adjustment, but in case no board of adjustment has been appointed, that the city council serves the role. “You can say the council is the zoning board of appeals. You want zoning board to be the planning commission, but want council to be board of appeals. The planning and zoning will make recommendations; the council will approve or disapprove,” said Manion. “If there’s a problem, they can bring it back to the board of appeals, which can be the council. It would be smart to put more details in so you don’t get yourself into a problem.”

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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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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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