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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 marks the last chance the city has to do so. The road reconstruction portion of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, which runs through the heart of the city, is mandated by the county.

At the last hearing, September 24, the city was cautioned on the project timeline, which is forcing them to authorize the project now. Only once the city authorizes the project, can the final scope and cost of the project be determined. Engineers have stressed that current cost figures are estimates, but they do not expect them to rise beyond those amounts.

However, the city must determine whether or not to follow through with additionally recommended projects including water main replacement on the County 25 portion of Mill and Church Street, sidewalks on Church Street, and electrical upgrades. Engineers and financial planning have indicated that the city would see significant cost savings if done with the project. The county has also noted the opportune time, noting costs if the city would need to dig up the roadway in the future.

Residents have argued whether upgrades are needed, and if city and its property owners can afford them. The council discussed at the October 8 meeting options for utilizing enterprise fund dollars to defray costs to citizens. “This is going to have a major impact on our citizens,” stressed councilor Gail Boyum. “I’m interested in looking at using it to defray the cost over the long run. I’m interested in playing around with the numbers.” The council is aware that some funds have state mandated minimum balance requirements, but the electric fund currently sits at $45,000 and the street fund could offer as much as $60,000, if figures are correct.

City clerk Megan Grebe argued; as she claimed playing devil’s advocate, that rates are at an all-time low and that it may be better to bond those spend down funds. If enterprise funds were spent down, the city would still need to recoup those dollars in future years through tax levy. “People still see it as cash out of their pockets,” noted Mayor Jennifer Wood.

Interfund transfers may not be possible, depending on keeping the recommended cash reserves in the general fun .....
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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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Peterson’s County 25 hearing draws full house

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 assessment policy adopted in April and estimated assessments have gone out to property owners. Expected is a full reconstruction on the county state aid highway, including curb, gutter, catch basins, and sidewalks, as well as the water ..... 
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Peterson clarifies zoning; considers development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson continues to iron out potential issues within its zoning ordinance, particularly as it relates to the adopted Minnesota Basic Code. At the Wednesday, August 27 meeting, the council formally approved the updated basic code editio ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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