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Rushford Village looks at fiscal impact report


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The City of Rushford Village was one of four entities that joined in participating in a wide-scope fiscal impact report by consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates. The intention of the report is to gain better understanding how capital improvement projects and substantial purchases by the cities and school district, bonded or funded otherwise, will impact residents. Bubany was on hand, July 2, at the Village council meeting to discuss the model, the future of sewer and water utilities, and how road improvement projects might affect Village residents.

Utility reserves for the Village need to be improved and Bubany recommended it be reviewed annually. “You never want to fall behind,” he stressed.

Looking at water, Councilor Gordon Johnson noted the Village had spent some its reserves recently in an effort to keep infrastructure costs down. A $6 per month increase was instituted in March of this year, but Bubany noted the idea is to break even or slightly increase the reserve, so it appears an annual increase of some amount will be needed. When a new utility rate between a one and three percent annual increase was entered into the model, the Village reserves leveled out.

In looking at sewer, Bubany noted, “You want the sewer fund to be self-sufficient.” Using 2012 audit information, Bubany included all accounted activity to set up the model structure. “We’ll play at this until it works,” he continued referencing the rates. The Village is paying a portion, 9.39 percent or $8,600 annually, to the city of Rushford for the waste water improvement project that the city bonded for, which benefits the some Village residents.

“It appears with some adjustments our two funds should be in balance,” said Mayor Dale Schwanke.

As for street improvement, the Village is considering improvements to several areas, including Rush Creek Roe, County Line Road, Laura Lane, Ridgeview Road, and portions of Aspen Road. Overlayment in some south Rushford areas is also being considered.

Some of the projects would be done through potential assessments, while others with overall tax. Johnson noted that the Village is picking roads based on higher maintenance needs in an effort to reduce the need for annual crushed rock, grading, winter rock, and dust control. Current annual crushed rock maintenance costs were estimated at $4,400 per mile, plus .....
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Wedding - Hatleli/Halvorson

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

Andrea Hatleli and Andrew Halvorson were married on May 25, 2013, at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa. The bride’s parents are Jon and Catherine Hatleli of Rushford Village, Minn. The groom’s parents are Louann Halvorson ..... 
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Wedding - Hatleli ~ Halvorson

Mon, Jun 24th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Social Scenes

Andrea Hatleli and Andrew Halvorson were married on May 25, 2013, at Saint Benedict’s Catholic Church in Decorah, Iowa. The bride’s parents are Jon and Catherine Hatleli of Rushford Village, Minn. The groom’s parents are Louann Halvorso ..... 
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Rushford Village looking to ordinances and plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Several zoning issues were discussed at length. Ordinances were determined to either be vague, in some areas, or needing to be enforced on issues such as nuisance dogs, lack of building variance, and overall compliance of ordina ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Grade 9: Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Minju Jeong, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O’Hare, Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Caleb Thompson, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter Grade 10: Courtney Gravos, Connor Jo ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board Student Representative

Thu, May 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools would like to recognize the time and efforts that Senior Rebecca Munson has contributed to the board of education over the last 2 years. At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, the R-P Board of Education and Administrator ..... 
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ANIMAL CONTROL NOTICE

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Legals

Found 5-3-13 in the area of State Hwy 43S and Tower Ridge Rd. in Rushford Village. Female, light red, retriever lab/mix about 1-2 years old. In good health, no collar. Please call Robert Brand for information 864-2054, respond soon, pay the fees ..... 
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Rushford Village businesses bloom

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Features

When a long-time Rushford Village business, Jim’s Building Center, closed its doors in the spring of 2011, the town took an economic loss. Many wondered what business would occupy the facility in the future. Turns out, it is an odd couple- pairing ..... 
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