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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 ordinances.

“My concern is that with some ordinances, particularly about barking dogs, it could be challenged as vague,” said City Attorney Tom Manion. “I think we might want to spiff up the ordinance to include a potential of measurement. It sounds silly, but it would defend what is unreasonable. I think we should modernize the ordinance.” Time of day and duration, would also be considered.

The property in question, one of several which have been brought to the attention of the council, is also in violation of a zoning ordinances, including one on permanent structures, which includes fences. The property in question erected a fence without proper permitting from the zoning board and placed the fence on the property line.

“I stopped and spoke to the individual and they agreed it would be moved, the open burning would cease. It’s a laundry list of items,” said zoning member John Petit. “The fence is still there today.” Since the structure’s construction wasn’t permitted, the council approved the application of a $250 fine for the property.

“They were given the opportunity and didn’t do what they said they’d do,” noted Mayor Dale Schwanke.

According to city ordinances, fences are considered permanent structures and must have permit for construction. They may not go on property lines unless both property owners agree to the fence. If no agreement is reached, the fence must be set back 10 feet from the property line.

“The fact is it’s already a problem,” added Councilor Gordon Johnson.

The property owners have also received a formal letter from Petit. “You’re giving him a carrot and a stick. They picked an arbitrary deadline, last weekend, and they didn’t comply,” noted Manion.

Clearing up other issues within the city, the trail parking lot project seems to be moving ahead in an effort to provide parking for access to the trail near and clear up street parking congestion near Tri-County Electric headquarters. Calculations of space and feasibility of options are being considered and will be reported back on.

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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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R-P continues working towards new elementary facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Village Education

At the September 17 board meeting, Dean Beeninga, of architectural firm ATS&R, and Gary Benson, of ICS Consulting, were on hand with updates on the proposed early childhood through grade 5 facility. A “Review and Comment,” required by the Minnes ..... 
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Auditions are scheduled for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatres

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

Rushford-Peterson School Auditions for Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre’s original musical production of Alladin and His Magic Lamp will be held at 3:05 PM on Monday, October 14 at the R-P High School Theater in Rushford. Up to 81 young people ..... 
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