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Peterson adopts new water rate; moves on ADA compliance issues


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council weighed three options for changes to the water rate. Pictured, left to right, is Clerk Boyum, councilors Loren Rue, Dave Colbenson, Dick Lee, and Gail Boyum. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

The city of Peterson is aware that current water rates will not generate enough revenue to cover costs. The item has been on the forefront of council discussions, but took a backseat as the County 25 project was prepped and begun. With the project underway, the city council has returned its focus to reviewing the rate structure and implementing a new rate increase.

Water consumption is not metered in Peterson, creating unknowns in usage. In the past, certain businesses had been classified as ‘residential’, despite being businesses, albeit businesses with likely lower water usage. In addition, the school rate, geared strictly for the R-P Middle School, has not been altered since the districts of Rushford and Peterson consolidated in July 1990.

“Why rates weren’t raised a long time ago, I don’t know, but we need to recoup our losses,” stated councilor Dave Colbenson during council discussion.

2013 monthly rates were fixed at: residential $12, business $20, lodging establishments $32, restaurants $40, and the school at $75. A 2014 increase brought the rates to $22, $36.67, $58.67, $73.33, and $137.50 respectively. This allowed the city to start setting aside money for increasing water expenses, but the change was not enough. The council considered three options for the 2015 increase.

Option one called for a 45% uptick for all except residential, who would have seen a 47% increase. Option two spelled out a 47% increase for all except the school, who would face a sizeable increase. This option brought the projected annual revenue over the minimum $50,000 break-even revenue point. However, with the school district projected to leave the town within two years, this solution didn’t appear to serve the long-term needs of the city. Option two included putting Chuck’s Feed & Grain, Acentek, and Chiggy’s Liquor, which is no longer in operation, in the business classification.

Option three rate structure increases called for a flat 50% rate increase across the board for all classifications. This option also included putting Chuck’s Feed & Grain, Acentek, Chiggy’s Liquor, and the Legion into the business classification. Only small businesses, with very low water usage, such as Turned Write Handcrafted Art, will remain at the residential rate. This option brings the rates to residential $33, business $55, lodging establishments $88, restaurants $110, and the school to $206.25
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Peterson holds two meetings over sidewalk debate

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council held two special meetings, within four days of each other, to discuss the proposed inclusion of sidewalks on the west side of south Church Street. The July 23, the council allowed the public to comment and ask questions of ..... 
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Special Peterson meeting ends without permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson held a special meeting Wednesday, July 22, to consider the moving of an electrical utility pole at 109 Mill Street. The property owners, Gary and Shirley Quarve have requested to move the pole and service to accommodate a garage ..... 
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Peterson school repurposing meeting set

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

All members of the Peterson City Council were in attendance at the regular meeting on July 8. After approval of agenda, prior minutes, and June Claims and Receipts, the council was addressed by Chuck Ehler and John Linder, representing the school di ..... 
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Chamber ribbon cutting

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford Peterson Valley Chamber held a ribbon-cutting for Root River Baskets on Wednesday, June 24 at the Rushford Peterson Valley Farmers Market. The ceremony welcomed the business as a new Chamber member in 2015. Lori Hungerholt, artist and ..... 
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Peterson hashes out project details, planning commission work

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Already in the midst of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, the Peterson City Council tackled a bevy of issues including bonding for the project, water rates and revenues, property variances, property and utility easements and movement, and the ..... 
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Rushford approves new school variances, permit

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Zoning Board of Appeals for the City of Rushford reviewed approved the request by R-P School District for conditional use permit and variances. The issue was further discussed Monday, June 8 at the Rushford City Council meeting. In an applicat ..... 
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By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

County 25 reconstruction in Peterson set to begin

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 8th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The reconstruction of County State Aid Highway 25, running through the heart of Peterson, is finally at hand. A pre-construction meeting that included City representatives Mayor Tim Hallum, councilors Dick Lee and Loren Rue, clerk Megan Boyum, and m ..... 
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