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Village sticks with road option, waits for input


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Having received detailed road management and improvement recommendations and plans, the Village moved forward the discussion of a potential $1 million bonding on an improvement option. At a Tuesday, February 24 special meeting, the council debated the merits of paving various roads and what impacts the upgrades could have financially for the city, both immediately and in future maintenance.

Original consideration to get all needed street work done, which includes resurfacing and paving of heavily traveled roads, amounted to $3.25 million, but the council quickly dismissed a plan of that magnitude. Last August, the council instead selected 14 potential street areas which included portions or all of Cooperative Way, Whitemore, Prospect, West Goodrich, Plummer, East Goodrich, Meadow, Aspen, Village Drive, Money Creek, Nordic Road, Ridgeview, and Highway 43 to Laura Lane. At that time, the council considered bonding not to exceed $550,000, but dismissed the idea later in the year in favor of in-depth engineering analysis to be done on County Line Road and waiting for a thorough road study to be completed on all areas.

Recommendation to the city from financial consultant Mike Bubany, suggested the city seek the maximum bonding this year for selected road projects. Project scope can be reduced, but bonding cannot be increased once roads are selected and brought forth at public hearing.

The city was presented with a third option at the Tuesday, March 4 meeting, which would put County Line Road back in the mix, increasing the bonding an additional $299,000. “We hashed it out then, now we’re hashing it out again,” cautioned Councilor Dennis Overland. “We jumped in kind of quick and found out it wasn’t the best idea. Now, to go back, we’re just going in a complete circle.”

County Line Road has several safety issues, namely a narrow section of roadway with a substandard culvert that is likely in need of guardrails. Councilor Gordon Johnson suggested that if the city pursued improvements on the road, that 150 feet on either side of the culvert remain crushed rock until the issues can be addressed completely. “It will reduce the speed and ensure that the road will get fixed to a standard.”

The road is also subject to extreme dust more maintenance that any other road in the Village, which was what kicked off much of the discussion on paving it. Continued sealcoating on the road, if .....
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Rushford Village opts for more time on annexation request

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Discussion of a petition for detachment from the city of Peterson and annexation to the city of Rushford Village continued at the February 11 Village council meeting. January 8, Peterson struck down the request for detachment citing a disservice to ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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Rushford Village receives pavement management plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

In a process that’s seen momentum in the last six months, the Village is making strides forward in the development of a comprehensive street plan. Following a wide-scope fiscal impact report this past July, the city has spent considerable time deta ..... 
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City of Rushford Village implements comprehensive plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Progress Edition

Following a thorough fiscal impact report and public input session last July and the restructure of a planning and zoning commission last fall, the City of Rushford Village concluded a long-term effort to develop a modern and workable comprehensive p ..... 
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Rushford Village starts year trying to nip issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The start of a new year prompted some annual housekeeping, appointments, and review of rates, funds, indebtedness, and more at the Tuesday, January 7 council meeting. Along with this, the city reviewed a conversation between City Treasurer Judy Grah ..... 
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Rushford Village looks at year end, finances

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

As the city prepares to conclude another fiscal year, a goal and priority listing for 2013 was revisited to discuss either status or completion. The goals were divided into four categories and subdivided into roughly 10 subcategories and included bi ..... 
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R-P School Board receives clean audit, sets final levy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

The district has been notified by Clifton, Larson & Allen that it has received a clean audit for the year. Kim Hillberg, representing the firm, relayed the findings to the board at the Monday, December 16 meeting. While there were two compliance fin ..... 
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