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Rushford Village eyes changes to Conditional Use Permitting


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Rushford Village mayor Gordon Johnson congratulates Public Works/Maintenance director Bob Thieret on his 34 years with the city. Thieret officially steps down as director in January, but will remain on staff in a part time capacity. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The Planning/Zoning Commission of Rushford Village is diligently working to write proposed amendments to Zoning Ordinance 5, sections 1800-2700, seeking to clarify wording and eliminate potential problems. The matter was discussed at length at the December 16 council meeting.

“I noticed some things and might suggest verbage changes,” added city attorney Tom Manion. “On the balance, there are some good improvements.”

Mayor Gordon Johnson noted specific problems with section 1900 of the ordinance, related to Conditional Use Permits. Being considered is language allowing the city to terminate a permit if the holder does not comply with approved permit guidelines, including payment of the permit. Conditional Use Permits (CUP) are typically perpetual and transferrable with property sale. Annual permit dues are expected each March. If fees are neglected to be paid, the city has historically requested payment at the end of the year and moved on. However, Johnson believes current wording and guidelines are too open-ended.

Attorney Manion also felt the city should seek to tighten down permit specifications, noting the city would have little legal standing if it is not specified. Manion questioned the process for issues, including notices and progressive sanctions, stating that as it currently stands, the permit guidelines could be abused.

Zoning administrator Jon Pettit recommended the city act to clean-up the language, perhaps only charging a renewal fee if the permit site was active. If inactive, the permit perhaps wouldn’t renew, allowing others who are currently barred from seeking their own CUPs because of regulations related to another already in place to proceed in seeking one.

Manion suggested whenever possible, the city should utilize Interim Permits, which are limited by time frame and non-transferrable. However, he did acknowledge that if a violation occurs, the city may revoke CUPs. Manion also noted that changes to the ordinance would not apply to current CUPs unless that permit holder is willing to amend their permit agreement.

A public hearing over the proposed ordinance changes has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, during the regular council meeting, at the Village Hall.

In other news, the city has reduced the final levy amount certified to the county for 2015 taxes. Initially, the city set the maximum levy at $400,000 because of a ste .....
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Parade of Lights to benefit SEMCAC Food Shelf in Rushford

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

RUSHFORD, MN – Merchants Bank is once again helping to organize the Rushford Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Saturday, December 13 in downtown Rushford. Cookies, cocoa and cider will be served at the Rushford Fire Hall during and after the parade. ..... 
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Rushford Village hires Public Works supervisor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, December 2 council meeting was notably missing mayor Gordon Johnson and councilor Todd Baker, who has been absent the last four meetings. Mayor pro-tem Dennis Overland led the brisk 35-minute meeting. Following a round of personal int ..... 
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Students can win with Merchants Bank Money Ball in Rushford

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

RUSHFORD, Minn. – Area students will have a chance to win some money with Money Ball from Merchants Bank. The first chance comes during halftime of the Rushford boys basketball game against Lanesboro, Friday, December 5. Three participants, 5th ..... 
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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-d ..... 
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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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