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Peterson hears citizen concerns


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 19th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

Several concerned citizens were on hand for the September 14 Peterson Council meeting. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

Several citizens packed into the council chambers for the Wednesday, September 14 Peterson Council meeting. Mayor Tim Hallum noted to those in attendance that no public comment would be allowed during the agenda portion of the meeting. Concerns ranged from city action on delinquent utility and zoning limitations to council pay scale and property problems

Resident Deb Hoff noted concern with what was initially cited as 22 delinquent utility properties. The number of properties was later corrected to just 11 properties of the 118 served within the city. The council approved sending letters to the delinquent properties at the August meeting. If the noted past due amounts were not paid, they will be put on tax roll for the property. Nine letters were sent. According City Clerk Leanne Kasper, the city is unaware of where the other two individuals are.

“I don’t agree with taxing them more,” said Hoff. “If they can’t pay, why charge more? If they don’t have the money, they don’t have the money.”

Hoff also brought forth concern over properties zoned as commercial, which bar residency. “In a city this size, 200 people, why are we telling people they can’t come?”

Councilor Loren Rue, who also serves on the zoning commission, indicated that the zoning is being reviewed. “We’re assuming it happened with prior administration. There is no provision to grandfather them in.” The commission is considering a multi-purpose district.

Also noted during the public comment portion was a concern over a call for discussion to review council pay. Currently, the council receives $75 per month. Councilor Rue suggested the council look at the option of raising the pay scale to $100 per month, plus $25 per additional meeting, except for the zoning commission. “My thinking is that there are seven people running for three positions on the council. Only one retired. Anyone who has a job and takes on the responsibility; that’s extensive time and cost,” said Rue. The council will continue to review the topic before deciding in November.

Developments in an ongoing dispute between property owners Gary and Shirley Quarve and Mike and Heidi Halverson continue to move forward. The parties have been disputing the boundary of their properties for some time and have conflicting surveys for their properties. Halverson’s sent a letter to the city notifying them that a shed is being .....
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Peterson gears up for bicycle grant

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 15th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson may be on the fortunate end of a Statewide Health Improvement Program grant through a partnership with Root River Trail Towns. The grant was brought into the forefront by Brenda Pohlman of Fillmore County Public Health, who has ..... 
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Peterson council discusses events vending policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner A quick July 13 Peterson council meeting hit at several items of old or continuing business, but two items brought forth by Councilor Dave Colbenson garnered the majority of discussion. The first was a concern over City of Pet ..... 
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Peterson addresses electrical, natural gas needs

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner At the regular May meeting, the Peterson council tabled a decision on an electric distribution work plan pending further review. Following a field assessment by Tri-County Electric Cooperative, the plan was drawn up by STAR Ener ..... 
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Peterson Council zips through agenda

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The Wednesday, May 11 Peterson council meeting wrapped up in just 32 minutes, tying up loose ends on changes to the new electrical rates and a few minor agenda items. New electrical rates for multiple meter and multi-phase customers were approved ..... 
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Peterson meeting clears up rumors; hires new clerk

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson council flew through a short agenda at the April 13 meeting, working through just three items of old business and three new. Councilor Gail Boyum stood in for Megan Boyum, former city clerk, who resigned last month. Councilor Boyum, a ..... 
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Peterson approves change in electrical rate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

At the Wednesday, March 9 council meeting, the City of Peterson approved new electrical utility rates, following an in-depth rate study. The study, conducted by Star Energy Services, looked to address increasing costs of utility service and situatin ..... 
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Peterson looks towards street and electrical needs, future of school

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

At the Wednesday, February 10 city meeting, the Peterson council discussed a comprehensive list of city infrastructure and when they were last modified. The listing included street, water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer, electrical, equipment, building ..... 
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Peterson Council seeking more public comment on school facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Peterson Government

The first Peterson Council meeting of the year, Wednesday, January 13, hit at several items of annual paperwork, but lingering old business garnered a good deal of conversation. A third community meeting regarding the future repurposing of the Ru ..... 
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