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Peterson approves County 25 agreement, ponders future of school


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues preparations for the reconstruction project of County 25, scheduled to begin in 2015. A preliminary feasibility report gave the city a taste of project figures and requirements, but further analysis has provided better insight into the scope of the project, including what the county will fund and what will be solely city cost.

David Strauss, senior project engineer at SEH-Yaggy, was on hand at the Wednesday, August 13 city council meeting and presented a cooperative agreement between the county and city. “The project is progressing. This is my two cents on this agreement; everything appears to be in line.” Strauss also noted the biggest change to updating the feasibility report has been the addition of the formal assessment policy. Figures have been gradually adjusted as bid prices are coming in and funding options are being reviewed. As it currently stands, roughly $70,000 could be generated for the project by property owner assessment. Road, curb, and gutter are currently $6.54 per linear foot of property, while sidewalk rates are assessed at a different value. No assessments are being applied along the southern portion of the project, along Church Street, as there will be no curb and gutter, just roadway.

The water main upgrades under the Mill Street portion of the project will also see work while the roadway is disrupted. According to Strauss, service main to the property, is 100 percent assessable to the property, since it directly benefits it.

The only thing not currently figured into the report is any upgrades to roadway lighting that the city may want to make. The city has considered upgrading wiring and conduit to city lighting during the project. “This is a good opportunity for the community to do any replacement or updating of infrastructure when you can,” added Strauss. “My recommendation, if you find out Church Street water is under the roadway, this would be the time to do it so you don’t disrupt the roadway again.”

Sidewalks along Church Street are still one catch point in the project. The city has heard that sidewalks along the west side of the road, currently buried under inches of sod, will be replaced. However, Strauss noted that the county cannot proceed with sidewalk reconstruction on the street if the existing sidewalks reside within private property lines, as they currently appear to. “The base mapping is only approximate, but usua .....
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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 ..... 
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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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