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Peterson approves assessment policy


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

For some months, the city of Peterson has been pouring over the details of a proposed assessment policy in regards to the 2015 County 25 project. The council had previously discussed setting the cost share at 50 percent city and 50 percent property owner. Financial assistance for the project is being provided by the county for sidewalks, curb, and gutter. There has been confusion over whether this financial assistance would be applied to only the city portion or over total project cost. Consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, cautioned the city that adjusting the assessment policy to reflect additional assistance be applied to total project cost, could lead to unfair situations on other projects in the future.

Councilor Gail Boyum laid out some numbers to give the council a clearer vision of what was being proposed, but noted that the numbers are strictly estimates and are subject to change. A 50 percent cost share of the work in question is estimated at $74,649.63 and linear footage along Mill Street/County 25 is 2003.34 feet. Without assistance, the cost for the work equates to $32 per linear foot. Using the example of a homeowner with 100 linear feet of property along the roadway, Boyum noted that the $3,200 cost may not make sense in Peterson, as it would in a similar situation in a larger municipality.

“Our big entryway is Mill Street. I feel like the city should participate in that. Our street is critical and we all benefit from it,” said Boyum.

After further council discussion, a 70/30 assessment policy, with any additional assistance first applied to the city portion, was approved unanimously. Still unclear is whether property owners will have additional options to pay for the improvements other than up front or by putting on their property taxes, with added interest. It was noted that other municipalities have allowed for partial prepayment and options to pay the principal off at a later date. The council will iron out that matter further. The next step in the project, now that the assessment policy is in place, will be setting actual costs through engineering.

Also up for discussion at the April 9 meeting were possible changes to the current chicken ordinance, the Peterson Committee for the Arts, and resolution of a signage dispute along Mill Street.

In the first, talk of changing the current ordinance was presented by Councilor Dave Colbenson and revolved around allo .....
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Peterson stands by detachment decision

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Continuing a discussion that has caused some uncomfortable discourse between the City of Peterson and the City of Rushford Village, Peterson has reaffirmed its January 15 decision to deny a detachment request from residents Alan Lipowitz and Jan Sma ..... 
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Peterson weighs effects of assessment policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 road reconstruction project isn’t slated until 2015, the City of Peterson is wasting no time lining up all the details of the massive undertaking. A shared project with the county, the city is getting some relief on the large price t ..... 
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Peterson preps assessment policy, appoints new councilor

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With the feasibility study on the 2015 County 25 project completed, the City of Peterson needs to hammer out an assessment policy before the final design work is done. An assessment policy will be needed because general obligation bonds funding the ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Peterson denies detachment request, councilor resigns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Peterson resident Alan Lipowitz and his attorney Tom Murphy were on hand at the Wednesday, January 9 council meeting, to respond to any questions regarding he and his wife, Jan Smaby’s, request for detachment from the city. The duo is seeking anne ..... 
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Peterson responds to petition for detachment

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

Following a formal petition for annexation to the City of Rushford Village on December 3, the Peterson council discussed the issue at length, along with City Attorney Richard Nethercut. The petition, presented by Peterson residents Jan Smaby and Al ..... 
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Peterson preps for project planning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

As the massive 2014 County 25 project continues to take shape, Peterson is looking to further refine the overall scope of work. The project will contain a new roadway and sidewalks, but could potentially include a water main upgrade, as well as a ha ..... 
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Peterson received final feasibility report for County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

Following a thorough field investigation of sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer systems, Yaggy Colby presented its report to the city council Wednesday, October 9. Included in the report was the engineer’s opinion of probable cost for seve ..... 
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