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Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market set to begin May 7


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

During the Rushford City Council meeting on March 24, the council was given an update by Chief of Police Adam Eide. Chief Eide told the council that the Chevy Caprice squad car will be used as a demonstration model. The advantage of being a demonstration vehicle is that the car will be loaded up with newer and higher quality equipment that what the police department had to pay for. One piece of equipment they will be receiving is an insquad video camera that will be able to record traffic stops. This piece of equipment alone is worth $3,000. Rushford residents will be able to see the new squad car in town at the beginning of April. Chief Eide also informed the council that the Chevy Tahoe squad car is currently up for sale.

Chief Eide also gave the council an overview of the Crime Prevention Seminar he was able to attend March 10 in St. Paul. The seminar had 20 different speakers that covered topics ranging from crime prevention to burglar alarms. Armed with this knowledge, Chief Eide and the other officers will be able to better educate and assist Rushford residents and businesses.

Council member Bunke asked Chief Eide to put together a plan of how they can get the new information implemented into the community.

Marie Botcher represented the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market before the council as they asked for support. The market will be starting their second year on May 7 and will be running every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. at Creekside Park until closing day on October 1. Botcher asked that the council help support the farmer’s market by adding a spot for the market on the city website that would include a downloadable pdf version of market rules, applications, and any other necessary information. Botcher also asked that the council assist the market in securing a designated alternative site for a movie to be shown. The market feels that hosting an outdoor movie at night by the creek would be unsafe for children. City Administrator Steve Sarvi ended this portion of the meeting by encouraging Botcher and the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers’ Market by saying that the market is a great addition to the town.

During the meeting the council also approved the adoption of Resolution 2014030, approving plans and specifications and ordering advertisements of bids for the 2014 Municipal Improvement Project/Mill Street Reconstruction Project. The council approval is contingent upon approval by the Minnesota Highway Department. Otomo Engineering presented project updates and answered the council’s questions.

Public Works Director Copley and Otomo Engineering presented an update regarding the Corps of Engineer’s Levee Inspection. The council was asked to authorize Otomo Engineering to continue working with the COE and Public Works to finalize project priorities and estimated timelines. They also asked that the Council consider entering into an agreement with Blumentritt Land Surveying to provide survey services. The estimated cost of the project is $19,650.

Some of the work will be able to be performed by city employees and will help to lessen the overall cost of the project. The council approved the proposal.

At the meeting, Sonja Cook was appointed to serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals for a four year term. Also, Peter Enns was appointed to serve on the Economic Development Authority Board.

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