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Peterson talks chicken, ordinance enforcement


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

A city-wide garbage cleanup day is scheduled, but nuisance properties in Peterson may see more cleanup than they anticipated if non-compliance continues. At the May 14 meeting, the council continued discussion on zoning updates and the best route to address the issue.

Nuisance properties, those defined in non-compliance by the Minnesota Basic Code adopted by the city that have received complaints from citizens, have likely already received notice from the city via letter. Those properties, if not addressed through the city-wide cleanup, or those that receive complaints after the cleanup, could be billed by the city to have it done.

“Having Rick [Lee – public works] enforce it is not right. He needs to be able to work with people. With the cleanup, this is something we would do as part of enforcing ordinance. I feel like we should hire someone,” noted Councilor Gail Boyum. Who can be hired for this task is still in question, although the names of several scrappers were discussed.

Following the cleanup, properties that have been in non-compliance, or those receiving new complaints, will be issued a letter from the city attorney. After 30 days, if the property remains an issue, the city will order cleanup for the property and bill the property owner. Should properties not pay the bill for the work, the penalty would be a misdemeanor and the cost assessed to the property taxes.

The city-wide cleanup is Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon. Notice has been sent to all Peterson properties.

In other zoning discussion, the city updated its chicken ordinance to allow for a rotational permit. This would allow approved residences to keep a maximum of 10 birds, five hens and five chicks, but only for a period of six months, until the younger birds are laying. After that point, they must reduce the number of birds to five.

Other changes to the ordinance include adjusting coop height to a limit of eight feet and fence height maximums to seven feet. The permit will have a $5 annual charge, which covers time for a city employee to ensure compliance.

The city continues to update the general workings of a municipality, approving the purchase of MuniBilling, a complete utility billing tool. It will allow for online billing and payments, for water, sewer, and electric utility, and reporting, as well as several other services. The cloud-based system will have no software f .....
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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 o ..... 
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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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