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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, along with councilor Loren Rue, noted they’d interviewed candidates for the city clerk position and had extended an offer to Leanne Kasper, pending council approval. The council approved the hire and Kasper, of rural Rushford Village, will begin work April 15. “We were very impressed with her work history and credentials,” noted Rue. “She’s a very good prospect.” Kasper will work with Megan Boyum during the transition.

In other news, the city received a letter from the city attorney’s office, Nethercut Schieber Attorneys, that sought to clear up local rumors of a lawsuit against the city. “These rumors seem to be tied to the report provided by the State Auditor a few months ago that recommended some changes be undertaken in the way the city manages their finances,” the letter began. “Those recommendations have been adopted or are in the process of being adopted by the city. No fines, lawsuits, or other punishment resulted from the audit.”

The letter, drafted by attorney Greg Schieber, also indicated rumors may have been tied to recent complaints lodged against the city to the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. “We are not aware of any lawsuit filed or about to be filed against the city. If any person makes such a suggestion, you may desire to set the record straight if you feel so moved. Simply indicate that the city is not currently involved in any lawsuits nor do they expect to be,” continued the letter.

“If you want to take further action to help correct this misperception running rampant throughout the community, you may want to include a brief message to residents along with the city utility bill. If anyone (resident or otherwise) is concerned about that status of things in the city, urge them to attend the city council meetings so they may see firsthand the good work being done.”

The council unanimously approved placing details from the letter in the next city utility bill and community newsletter.

The council also discussed events from the last meeting with R-P Superintendent Chuck Ehler and architect David Kane regarding the repurposing/redevelopment of the R-P Middle School. The school is s .....
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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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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. 2015-1, th ..... 
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Peterson approves utility policy, electrical rate study

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson, like most municipalities, has seen its fair share of past due utility payments. To curb the ongoing issue and avoid situations of non-payment regarding landowner and renters, the council has approved a utility policy that will ..... 
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