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Rushford Village increases maximum levy


By Kirsten Zoellner

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

Changes to city contracts, Local Government Aid (LGA), and staffing have led to a decision by the Village council to set the maximum levy for 2015 at $400,000. The amount levied for 2014 was $350,000, which was a $10,000 drop from 2013. Now, the council has bumped up the preliminary figure in attempts to ensure city services continue without putting the city in a pinch.

“A lot of time has been put in looking at the proposed budget,” stated Mayor Gordon Johnson. “I thought we needed to at least consider the cost of new garbage pickup and going backwards on LGA. We can’t justify putting out there more than that in order to try to continue where we are. We need to consider at least $380,000.”

Earlier in 2014, the city saw an $18,000 annual cost increase from garbage service through Harter’s Quick Clean Up. The uptick was not expected and has been at the center of several council discussions on future cost savings.

Additionally, the city added a part-time public works/maintenance position in 2014 in hopes of catching up with pressing projects and not enough time. Public Works Director Bob Thieret has notified the city of his intent to retire in 2015, at least to part-time. The city is considering its maintenance needs and has entertained the suggestions of increasing to one full-time and one three-quarter time position or two full-time positions in lieu of current staffing. Thieret holds required water and sewer licensure for the city and may need to be kept on to ensure those required licenses are covered.

“Looking at the numbers, the proposed budget was set at $380,000 as a benchmark. We can maybe lower that number before the end of the year, bring it back to $350,000, but we can’t raise it after tonight.” noted Johnson.

“But is $380,000 going to be enough,” asked councilor Hamilton Peterson.

“We have to make up what we’re losing on additional expenditures; break even. I’m okay with that, but we still have to be conservative and not just spending money because we have some,” responded Johnson.

“If we feel that will take care of it. We can always back it down. We’re looking at unknown things,” added Peterson.

The vote to approve the maximum levy was unanimous; 3-0. Councilors Dennis Overland and Todd Baker were absent.

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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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Rushford Village reviews project, staffing options

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Getting the Tuff Lane Project underway may finally be drawing near for Rushford Village. Deemed deficient by the county, the city is mandated to remedy the lane bridge, which currently has insufficient tonnage limits. In June project engineer Brian ..... 
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Highway 43 detour for culvert repair south of Rushford postponed

Thu, Aug 21st, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village All

ROCHESTER, Minn. – A planned one-day detour on Highway 43 south of Rushford has been delayed by weather and will likely be started on Monday, weather permitting. Motorists on Highway 43 south of Rushford will encounter a detour as Minnesota Depart ..... 
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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 ci ..... 
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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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