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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 Energy Services and calls for $21,000 in pole and transformer removal and/or replacement.

June 8, the council discussed the matter again. “We went through things thoroughly… had a good look at things,” said councilor Dick Lee. Through the plan, one pole will be added, one pole replaced, one transformer removed, and two transformers replaced and upgraded.

The plan will be funded utilizing $18,000 in funds budgeted after a rate study. The electrical fund currently has a $39,000 balance. Lee also expressed concern over leaving a reduced financial cushion for any emergency electrical needs. “That’s a minor amount for a major event,” cautioned Lee. The city has earmarked another $18,000 to be put aside for electrical needs for next year.

“This will make things better,” responded councilor Loren Rue. “It’s a lot of preventative maintenance.”

“With all this preparation, this is the time to move forward,” added councilor Gail Boyum. The council approved the work.

As part of the plan, the city will receive a detailed map of all electrical system poles, transformers, lines, and meters; anything hooked up in the city. It’s also expected that the mapping will include age of equipment and dates of installation or last replacement.

The council also discussed the city’s natural gas needs. Rory Lenton, External Affairs Manager for Minnesota Energy Services, spoke to the council regarding a community franchise renewal for natural gas service. Peterson approved its first agreement with the company in 1991. This renewal represents another 25-year deal and grants MN Energy the authority to “construct, operate, maintain, and extend a natural gas distribution plant and system,” as well as granting the right to use streets, alleys, and other public places within the city.

Lenton stressed to the council that a community franchise helps with insurance, investors, and commitment to the community. “We feel we’ve done a pretty good job here,” he added. The council approved the renewal unanimously.

New City Clerk Leanne Kasper brought forth several smaller items for discussion, as she .....
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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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Peterson increases levy 5%; preps budget for increases

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 21st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held its monthly council meeting Wednesday, December 9. At the meeting, the council approved setting the final levy for 2016 at a 5% increase, or $3,821. The hike is intended to increase the general fund with any excess currentl ..... 
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Peterson council looks to commercial zoning issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson Planning Commission continues its efforts to update the city zoning ordinance and has run into its fair share of hiccups along the way. At the Wednesday, October 14 city council meeting, commission member and councilor Loren Rue stated ..... 
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NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

NOTICE OF Council Meeting city of peterson Notice is hereby given that the council will meet at 7:00 p.m. on October 26, 2015 at City Hall, 118 Fillmore Street to consider, and possibly adopt, the proposed assessment for Improvement No. 2015-2, th ..... 
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