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Peterson Council takes a second look at utility policy


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

By Kirsten Zoellner

The city of Peterson passed an updated Utility Policy in September. With that policy, residents with past due utility accounts would receive notice of delinquency in October of each year. Amounts not paid by the second Wednesday in November would see the amount rolled onto the taxes of the property, whether incurred by a tenant or a land owner. Additionally, a 1% late fee on balances would be accrued monthly throughout the year.

Having sent out the delinquency notices last month, City Clerk Megan Boyum noted a lot of questions were raised and the city opted to back off and iron out details raised by the questions. One of the questions that arose was on utility assistance tenants may receive. If utility accounts are only in a land owner’s name, tenants may not qualify for assistance.

To remedy that, the city has revised the policy. Now, land owners and tenants will be required to sign a new service form. The account will be in the tenant’s name, unless the land owner specifies otherwise, and both parties will receive a monthly utility statement for the property, as well as any delinquency notifications. At the end of the year, any outstanding utility amount will ultimately be the land owner’s responsibility, but having both parties aware of account status, will likely preempt this from occurring. As no other data is provided, the dual billing is not a privacy violation, according to the city’s legal counsel.

“When push comes to shove and they leave city with a huge balance, we will know where to find them,” added Boyum.

The new service form will be required of every existing and new utility service in the city. This will aid the city in holding delinquent account owner’s liable. The service form also further explains the 1% monthly penalty that is applied. The policy, new forms, and late fees will be instated January 1, 2016.

The city is also moving forward with plans to construct a new playground at the city park. Councilor Gail Boyum noted at previous meetings that the city was made aware of several opportunities in which it could replace the aging, non-Americans with Disabilities Act compliant playground currently below the park, by the ball fields.

Minnesota/Wisconsin Playground, a company out of Golden Valley, Minn. has been working with the council and noted an opportunity for a 40% discount on GameTime Playground systems .....
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Houston School Board looks to future goals and debates lunch debts

By Beth McManimon

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in All Education

By Beth McNanimon The Houston School Board met on November 17. Board members Joe Krage and Mimi Carlson were absent. A resolution to hold a closed meeting for negotiation strategies was presented and also approved. Contracts were approved for Mah ..... 
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Mabel-Canton School accepts donations with gratitude

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Canton Education

The Mabel-Canton school board met on November 17 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The board congratulated the Mabel-Canton teaching staff, and especially the Special Education Department, for their 100% correction in the Compliance and ..... 
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Mabel-Canton School accepts donations with gratitude

Mon, Nov 23rd, 2015
Posted in Mabel Education

The Mabel-Canton school board met on November 17 at 7 p.m. All board members were present. The board congratulated the Mabel-Canton teaching staff, and especially the Special Education Department, for their 100% correction in the Compliance and ..... 
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Houston School Board deals with D2L, European travel, and workforce plan

By Beth McManimon

Mon, Nov 9th, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board met November 4, with all members present. A motion was made for a resolution to hold a closed meeting for negotiation strategy at the end of the board meeting and carried. The meeting considered strategy for labor negotiat ..... 
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R-P Superintendent highlights board policies

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

The Monday, October 19 Rushford-Peterson School Board meeting saw only two items of businesses. Addressed by Superintendent Chuck Ehler, the first item was a direct result of a heated special board meeting September 28. At that meeting, for bid revi ..... 
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Houston School Board discusses MNVA enrollment

By Beth McManimon

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Houston School Board met on October 20 with all board members present. Minutes were approved, along with a contract to hire Mahria DePaolo as a .5 MNVA Special Education Teacher, and a leave request for Alexandra Peterson for 30 school days sta ..... 
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Packed house for Kingsland school board

Mon, Oct 26th, 2015
Posted in All Education

The Kingsland School Board met in regular session on October 19, with all board members present (Doug Plaehn, Deb Larson, Kristin Beck, Troy Asher, Gwen Howard, and Ann Oeltjen). So many interested citizens were on hand that addition chairs were br ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson groundbreaking ceremony

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for the new EC-12th grade school to be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 1:30 p.m. at R-P Schools Niggle Field. In November, 2014, Rushford-Peterson Schools held a refer ..... 
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