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Rushford Village selects engineer for road work


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

Following several months of discussion revolving around road issues, and a request for proposal from four firms, the city has contracted with Bolton & Menk, Inc. The purpose of the collaboration is to head off potential stumbling blocks on work proposed for County Line Road, as well as seeking professional recommendations on sealcoating and road widening.

Three firms responded to the request with two coming in with similar numbers. Bolton & Menk came in with the low proposal, a $10,000 not-to-exceed base price and lower additional per hour rates. CAD plans will be developed with public GIS information.

“We’ve got a good understanding of what you want,” said Brian Malm, of Bolton & Menk, in reference to an on-site review of the road. There are currently no major maintenance issues that the engineer can see that would hinder the project, but work on drainage and shoulder, as well as prepping a good base, to settle over the winter, are key.

Project completion will not be done in 2013, due to unavailability from the proposed contactor, but some prep work will be done this fall. It was noted that any work done after October 15 is a risk anyway. “High quality density is the key to a good asphalt project,” noted Malm. Some seal-coating could be done, but it depends on the quality of the road. “With seal-coating, you want to do it in the beginning of the road life to preserve it. Once you’re over that, you’re just throwing good money over bad.”

Bolton & Menk will prep the project, to get it ready for bidding, but it’s unlikely that any bidding will take place before the end of the year. There is no benefit for the city to take early bids with contractors having to project material prices so far in advance.

Once target roads are selected, bonding will be done in 2014 with a potential spring/summer timeframe for road completion. It was noted by Mayor Dale Schwanke, however, that a slight bonding issue could arise that would require a second public hearing.

According to consultant Mike Bubany, who is working with the city on the project, only the roads and sections laid out in discussion during the August 19 public hearing can be included in project bonding. Should the city opt to add additional segments to particular areas, a second hearing will be needed.

The city limited bonding for the projects at $550,000. “ .....
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9/11 commemorative flag raising at Farmers Co-op Elevator Company

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Business Announcements

As the nation and world look towards the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Rushford American Legion and Farmers Co-op Elevator Company invite the public to a flag dedication ceremony to remember and honor the thousands of innocent men, women ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Rushford Village hits at ordinance update, budget, road projects

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner On the suggestion of city attorney Tom Manion, the city has been looking to tighten up definitions to some of its ordinances, looking at what would be defendable in a legal issue. An ongoing complaint about barking dogs by three ..... 
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Taste of the Trail - 2013 on the Root River Trail System

Thu, Aug 15th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

Taste of the Trail is similar to many “Taste of…events in many towns all over the Midwest. On three Saturdays in September, during this annual trail wide event, you can experience the abundance of food and activities in southeastern Minnesota. E ..... 
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Input on proposed Rushford Village street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

By Kirsten Zoellner Ten residents turned out at the August 6 public hearing regarding proposed 15-year, general obligation bonding for several street improvement projects. The proposed bonding could be up to $550,000, but not exceeding, and would l ..... 
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Senior Wagon Rides Along the Root River State Trail

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

The Annual Wagon Ride along the Root River is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, 2013, beginning at the Rushford Depot in Rushford, Minn. Tractor pulled wagons will carry participants from the Rushford Depot to Houston, Minn. and then travel to ..... 
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ExpoCulinaria, a lip-smackig event - you be the Judge

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Arts & Culture

By Team ExpoCulinaria Saturday, September 7 is circled on calendars and hungry culinary fans are getting their tickets early for the 2013 ExpoCulinaria—an experience of taste in Rushford, Minn. Relished from the sellout success of 2012, ExpoCulin ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Village Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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