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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government



The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with either “junk” or vehicles strewn about the properties. Following letters sent by the city last June, six of the properties cleared up the problems. Four properties didn’t respond.

Additional letters were mailed out to the remaining four properties in October, asking the property owners to contact the city about resolution to the matter. After no action resulting from those letters, letters were sent again by certified mail requesting the city be contacted with a timeline to remedy and a chance to come before the council regarding the issue. One property complied; another received the letter, but didn’t act. The third property never received the letter and the fourth refused to receive it.

Now, the city has approved sending certified letters to the remaining three properties in violation. If refused or unable to deliver person to person, the letters will be posted on the door, by ordinance, and will be considered received. If the property owners do not comply, the city has the authority to move forward with nuisance abatement by bringing in a third party to clear up issues. The cost for the work would be charged to the property owner.

“The best case scenario is we get their attention by delivering the letter,” stated Greg Schieber of Nethercut Law Office, legal representation for the city. “Hopefully, they’ll do the right thing.”

City clerk Megan Grebe noted that the nuisance ordinances are in place for the property owner and by keeping properties clear and in good order, building and personal property are protected. “There are some ways navigate through some of this without them having to junk everything. There’s built-in flexibility,” added Schieber.

The biggest point of the policy, according to mayor Jennifer Wood, is so that there is an administrative procedure that is followed for nuisance violations. This way, issues can be handled by the clerk or city attorney without having to bring them before the council, thus slowing down the timeline on the resolution process.

One added issue of concern with the properties is legal and administrative fees accumulated trying to rectify the situation. .....
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute i ..... 
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Peterson reviews petition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

As the city of Peterson ramps up for its 2015 County 25 project, the council continues to work out details of related items. A recent petition from eight of the 11 residences on Church Street has requested the city not put sidewalks along that porti ..... 
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Peterson mayoral race cuts close

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

While only one candidate may have been on the ballot for the mayor of Peterson, the city waited with baited breath the day following November 4 mid-term elections to find out who had snagged the position: incumbent Jennifer Wood or write-in candida ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workf ..... 
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Peterson preps for County 25 hearing

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Having set the new hearing date for Wednesday, October 22, the city of Peterson is not leaving anything to chance and has invited a large panel to address public concerns. This hearing is the second regarding the authorization of the project and it ..... 
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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 th ..... 
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