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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 Lipowicz, represents a parcel of land just under 40 within the city. The pair petitioned for annexation based on their current land zoning (agricultural) and because their land goals fit “naturally” with the Village’s comprehensive plan and ordinances.

At the time it was presented, the Village made no official vote on the matter. However, the council noted the delicacy of the issue due to the cooperative nature between the cities. The council indicated at that time that they would have no issue with annexation so long as the Peterson council had no concerns.

According to Nethercut, a state statute allows for detachment and annexation of properties if both petitioned entities agree. If no agreement can be reached, the statute allows for a governing state board to determine whether or not the property petition should allowed. If the entities have opposing wishes, a hearing would be held with a board examiner, the board would then vote on examiner’s findings. The statute lays out six points of criteria. The Smaby/Lipowicz petition meets at least three of the criteria: All property owners must have signed the petition; property must be rural in character and not developed; and property is within city limits and abuts property of township.

The other three criteria are more limiting in their definition and it is unclear how they would be interpreted in this case: detachment/annexation would not unreasonably affect symmetry of boundaries; land is not needed for reasonably anticipated development; and determination that detachment does not interferes with city’s function of government without undue hardship. The property, which represents the northwest corner of the city boundaries, represents one of the most developable areas within the city. Standing less than one square mile, to lose it would be significant to the small community, according to the council. The tax revenue from the property is currently $1,307 annually.

Nethercut also noted that most detachment/annexation issues are resolved before a hearing. Costs for the effort are usually shared 50/50 between the petitioner and the city. Based on recent cases, the timeframe is typically 6-9 months .....
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Peterson preps for project planning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

As the massive 2014 County 25 project continues to take shape, Peterson is looking to further refine the overall scope of work. The project will contain a new roadway and sidewalks, but could potentially include a water main upgrade, as well as a ha ..... 
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Peterson received final feasibility report for County 25 project

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

Following a thorough field investigation of sanitary sewer, water main, and storm sewer systems, Yaggy Colby presented its report to the city council Wednesday, October 9. Included in the report was the engineer’s opinion of probable cost for seve ..... 
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Peterson continues County 25 discussion

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

The massive project slated for County Road 25, running through the heart of Peterson, Minn. continues to see more questions. The county is eager to get the project underway in 2014, but has said it is willing to wait until the following year. “Wai ..... 
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Peterson continues progress on County 25, zoning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner The County 25 project, a massive undertaking for the city, is still underway and a feasibility study is ongoing. The city, which will share a portion of the cost with the county, is still relatively in the dark about their share ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson forms future facilities committee

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

While admittedly not surprised with the results of a proposed $15 million new facility referendum last December, Superintendent Chuck Ehler gleaned a clearer vision for what the community wants. Now, the district is looking to setup a community task ..... 
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Peterson City Council holds July Meeting

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Angie Rodenburg The Peterson City Council held their monthly meeting on July 10 at Peterson City Hall. The meeting proved to be an eventful one with numerous issues addressed. At the forefront of debate was an issue pertaining to Mike Eidenschin ..... 
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Peterson advances Count 25 project planning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner “There’s a sidewalk there, you just can’t see it. It’s buried under dirt and grass.” Peterson Mayor Jennifer Wood is eager to see improvements along County 25 running through the heart of the town. The roadway itself h ..... 
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Make it great, make it grow

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner So what’s in a name, or in a brand for that matter? One can hardly think of a city other than New York when you see a big red heart preceded by the letter “I.” What about our small towns? Can they build a lasting public im ..... 
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