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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Nine citizens turned out for the July 22 Peterson special meeting. Pictured left to right, are Heidi Halvorson, Laurie Johnson, Jean Rue, Shirley Quarve, Gary Quarve, and Steve Paulson. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage reconstruction project.

The issue has been a topic of discussion for the council since earlier this year. The Quarves were present at a May 13 council meeting as the council reviewed a permit application. At the time, the two were disappointed in the length of time for adjacent property owners to secure a survey, as property lines were in dispute. Quarve suggested moving the electrical pole further into the property, but was advised the city prefers to keep utility easements on the property line whenever possible to limit future issues. No utility easement was ever recorded on the property deed.

At the June 17 meeting, it was noted by City Clerk Megan Boyum that there appeared to be no known easements for power lines. The council determined that the moving of electrical utility poles, by the request of the property owner, would be paid for by the property owner, with work done by a contractor hired by city and paid up front. The council was apprised of the Planning Commission’s work to create a policy for easements and utility movement. After reviewing several policies of other municipalities, a draft policy was approved. The policy was formally adopted July 8.

Mayor Tim Hallum began discussion at the special meeting, noting the cost for moving of the utility pole was determined by Tri-County Electric to be $5,800. It was proposed the line be bored underground. The city of Peterson would pay $3,100 for the cost of disconnect, moving of the pole, and reconnect. The Quarves would be responsible for $2,700, the cost of the boring and service from the pole to the home.

Councilor Gail Boyum made a motion to formally accept the breakdown of costs to allow the moving of the utility pole. Councilor Loren Rue seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

Mayor Hallum asked Gary Quarve if he was in agreement. Quarve responded, “No. You know my position. No.”

The council then turned to the second agenda item, a Land Use Permit for Quarves garage project. However, without agreement on moving the utility pole, the application for permit of the garage project was denied by the council. “I don’t know how you can approve the addition o .....
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Government this week - 7.27.15

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 27, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 27, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, July 27, Chatfield City Council, City Hall, 7 p.m. • Tuesday, July 28, Fillmore County Commi ..... 
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Spring Valley junk hearing held

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Spring Valley city council met in regular session on July 13. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Prior to the regular meeting, the council held a public hearing for Junk Ordinance Vi ..... 
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Lively Wykoff council meeting held

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Wykoff Government

A regular meeting of the Wykoff City Council was held on July 13, with all members present. The council approved the agenda (with one addition regarding vent hood prices), and approved prior meeting minutes (with one clarification regarding “coun ..... 
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Harmony council approves plans for wastewater plant project

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Government

The Harmony City Council met on July 14, 2015 at 7 pm. Council member Debbie Swenson was acting mayor in Mayor Steve Donney’s absence. The Harmony Fire Department requested permission to hire Dustin Hanson to replace the firefighter who recen ..... 
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Street repairs in Canton

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Government

Plans were made for street repairs at the regular meeting of the Canton City Council on July 8. Jon Nordsving, city maintenance employee, had gotten a quote for repairing many of the streets in Canton. The estimate was $26,500 for about 60% of ..... 
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Chatfield to hire Superintendent of City Services

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

After Tony Lammers announced his intention to retire, a hiring process started in late April. Councilors at their July 13 meeting voted unanimously to offer the Superintendent of City Services position to Brian Burkholder. Burkholder has been employ ..... 
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Government this week - 7.20.15

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, July 20, Rushford-Peterson School Board, Rushford Biology Room, 5:30 p.m. • Monday, July 20, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. • Monday, July 20, Kingsland School Board, District Conference Room, 6:30 p.m. • Monday ..... 
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New mayor, old business take center stage at Whalan’s July council meeting

Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Whalan Government

The first official meeting of the Whalan City Council with its new mayor—Rory Berekvam—proceeded quickly and quietly on Monday, July 13, 2015, with the council attending to on-going street maintenance and pothole questions, along with approvals ..... 
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