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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as the roughly 200-person community tries to weigh the impact of the county-mandated project. The scope of the project has been flexible and reduced in some measures, but the city council has opted to keep many of the project options in the discussion to get a better balance on what’s needed and what’s simply advantageous because of the timing.

Currently, the project’s plans include a total reconstruction of County 25 Mill Street, from River Street to Church Street, and along the south portion of Church Street. Reconstruction includes roadway, curb, gutter, catch basin, and sidewalks. Church Street will remain a “rural section,” utilizing ditches for drainage, instead of curb, gutter, and catch basin. A cooperative agreement is in place with the county for a 50 percent cost share of the curb, gutter, and sidewalks. Additionally, the 106-year old water main under the roadway is scheduled for replacement.

Some residents have spoken out about the replacement of the main, especially the Church Street section, but project engineers maintain that it will be the most advantageous time. County engineer Ron Gregg noted that the county would like to see everything under the roadway repaired and replaced so the road does not have to be torn up again in the future, however, he acknowledges that those decisions rest with the council.

County Commissioner Randy Dahl agreed. “To say it’s not going to cost you more in the future is not really accurate. The lowest cost is when the county does the road while the project is underway.”

Work on the roadway could have a substantial impact on the aged main. Engineers stated mains are typically seven feet below the road way and reconstruction includes roughly four feet of soil. Without knowing exact depths on the mains, by settling on original design, the project runs the risk of damaging the mains through vibration, compaction, or direct accidental contact. “There’s more of a chance with close proximity,” added city clerk Megan Grebe.

“It makes me very nervous,” responded Gregg.

Moreover, the water main size is inaccurate. The city is already aware that the four inch main does not .....
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2014

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2014 the week of September 22-27. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 23rd at 2:30 pm in the High School gy ..... 
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Rushford - Peterson discusses open meeting in preparation for forums

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Due to several upcoming public forums, the R-P district has sought legal advice on regulations regarding to open meeting law. The district has been advised to follow protocol for published notice, as it does with board meetings, so regardless of whe ..... 
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Peterson’s County 25 hearing draws full house

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 assessment policy adopted in April and estimated assessments have gone out to property owners. Expected is a full reconstruction on the county state aid highway, including curb, gutter, catch basins, and sidewalks, as well as the water ..... 
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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code editio ..... 
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City of Peterson - Public Notice

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Legals

Notice is hereby given that the city council of the City of Peterson will meet in the council chambers of the city hall at 118 Fillmore St. at 7:00 p.m. on September 10, 2014, to consider the making of Improvement No. 2015-1, an improvement on CSAH 2 ..... 
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City of Peterson - Notice

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Legals

The City of Peterson Council has approved a change of MONTHLY MEETINGS to the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month to enable the Council to do business more effectively. Future council meetings in the Peterson City Hall at 7 p.m. will be: August ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson discusses plans for repurposing facilities

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Following a recent Tri-City meeting, and meetings with municipal councils and entities, the school board continues to discuss options for repurposing current facilities should the November referendum be successful. In doing so, the district has secu ..... 
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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better ..... 
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