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Rushford aims to reduce comprehensive plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Government

By Kirsten Zoellner

The city has entered into an agreement with Yaggy Colby Associates for professional planning services in an effort to update the city’s comprehensive plan. The plan was last updated in 2008 and so after the flood, changes weren’t made. “Each planning commission just kept adding things,” noted City Clerk Kathy Zacher.

The current planning commission has identified areas in need of simplifying and consolidating. Areas with statistical data and charts also must be updated with current information. “The plan has over 21 goals,” added City Administrator Steve Sarvi. “It should be three or four for the whole works.” Changes such as removing the housing study, which is addressed elsewhere, are expected.

The city will split the scope and cost of the reduction project over two years to better budget for the cost. It is not to exceed $10,000 with some updating being done in house to lower costs.

The city has also approved an extension of $30,000 in funding to GForce Ink from an existing funding already in place to the local firm. Repayment on the extension and original loan, plus capitalized interest, will begin in August and November, respectively. It will be paid in increments to allow for the launching of the rSchoolToday on-line program.

Available in more than 4,200 schools, the program brings a level of excitement to both the company and the community. In a unique setup, similar to Amazon with its multiple vendors, schools can go to one online location for all their needs with the money going in all. This attracts vendors, due to the large number of schools, providing an e-commerce platform for them. It also provides competitive purchasing for schools, which the program was driven and requested by. Three patents have currently been completed by GForce Ink out of Rushford, with two of them being related to this program.

There was some difficulty in coming up with funding to get the program running. Administrator Sarvi noted that the vote which led to the recommendation before the council was approved in a two to one vote. “There were concerns of the program would be unable to perform.” Now, the program can go online when schools are winding down and the system can be worked out before schools are back in session. “Everything up (on line) so you can be ready to go right out of the gate. The feeling was, let’s get Geoff the money so he can get vendors lined up so he can get this thing going,” he continued.

Payments of the funding will be made from EDA directly to rSchoolToday. “The main emphasis is to line up the vendors so when schools do go back on and click on it, it’s there,” added Sarvi.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting is Monday, May 27, at 6:30pm, at city hall. The public is encouraged to attend.

A special joint meeting of Rushford, Rushford Village, Peterson, and Rushford-Peterson School District, a fiscal impact work session, will be held Wednesday, May 29, at 6:30pm, at the Rushford Village Hall. Financial consultant Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates will be present.

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