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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 the roughly 200-person community tries to weigh the impact of the county-mandated project. The scope of the project has been flexible and reduced in some measures, but the city council has opted to keep many of the project options in the discussion to get a better balance on what’s needed and what’s simply advantageous because of the timing.

Currently, the project’s plans include a total reconstruction of County 25 Mill Street, from River Street to Church Street, and along the south portion of Church Street. Reconstruction includes roadway, curb, gutter, catch basin, and sidewalks. Church Street will remain a “rural section,” utilizing ditches for drainage, instead of curb, gutter, and catch basin. A cooperative agreement is in place with the county for a 50 percent cost share of the curb, gutter, and sidewalks. Additionally, the 106-year old water main under the roadway is scheduled for replacement.

Some residents have spoken out about the replacement of the main, especially the Church Street section, but project engineers maintain that it will be the most advantageous time. County engineer Ron Gregg noted that the county would like to see everything under the roadway repaired and replaced so the road does not have to be torn up again in the future, however, he acknowledges that those decisions rest with the council.

County Commissioner Randy Dahl agreed. “To say it’s not going to cost you more in the future is not really accurate. The lowest cost is when the county does the road while the project is underway.”

Work on the roadway could have a substantial impact on the aged main. Engineers stated mains are typically seven feet below the road way and reconstruction includes roughly four feet of soil. Without knowing exact depths on the mains, by settling on original design, the project runs the risk of damaging the mains through vibration, compaction, or direct accidental contact. “There’s more of a chance with close proximity,” added city clerk Megan Grebe.

“It makes me very nervous,” responded Gregg.

Moreover, the water main size is inaccurate. The city is already aware that the four inch main does not .....
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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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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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