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Peterson removes portion of County project; reviews school options


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

While the Peterson City Council had no new updates on the County 25 project currently being prepped for bids at the Wednesday, April 8 meeting, there was plenty of discussion regarding the option to extend sewer services to an area dubbed Myrtle Avenue. The area sits just west of South Church Street and has the potential for development of three residential lots in the future. Water service is already being stubbed in to Myrtle Avenue with the County 25 project and an option to stub in sewer lines was discussed at a special meeting March 24.

“I have concerns with the city spending substantial money,” noted councilor Loren Rue, who was the lone opposition vote at the March 24 meeting. The extra cost for stubbing sewer lines to the area is expected to be $2,000-$3,000.

“The sewer motion which was passed at the last council meeting benefits only one property owner at the expense of all others,” Rue continued in a written letter, dated March 30. “Currently, there are no plans to develop or sell the property for development. It has not been surveyed or plotted, therefore it is impossible to determine over what period of time the city would be able to recover its investment, or if the city would ever recover its investment.”

“Currently, Myrtle Avenue is only 15 feet wide, this is inadequate for fire, ambulance and residential traffic, and raises questions regarding public safety,” Rue continued in the letter. “Presently, the city does not have any regulations or codes regarding sub-divisions. To spend tax dollars for a project which may not happen, or may not be approved by future guidelines, is not prudent.”

Peterson councilor Gail Boyum, who made the original motion March 24 to include the sewer line extension, followed up after the last meeting by contacting city clerk of Rushford, Kathy Zacher. “I called her after the meeting because of what was said. In Rushford, the entire cost of subdividing is done by the developer,” said Boyum. “We’re not doing what’s in the best interest of the community. It didn’t seem appropriate,” she added, referencing the earlier decision.

After further discussion from councilors Dick Lee and Rue, the council voted unanimously to not extend water and sewer service to Myrtle Avenue.

A majority of discussion at the meeting also centered on the future of the current Rushford-Peterson Middle School, situated on the so .....
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Peterson sees wastewater plant conclusion; runs into city hall issue

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 16th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson will finally see resolution to long-standing problems at the wastewater treatment plant. Councilor Dick Lee has been meeting with representatives from engineering and planning firm WHKS & Co. and Wieser Brothers General Contra ..... 
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Accusations fly at Peterson meeting

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

Following the appointment of newly appointed Councilor Loren Rue to the Peterson Council on January 14, the Council’s actions, particularly to appoint Rue, have been questioned. Councilor Dave Colbenson requested time to speak, prior to citizen co ..... 
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Peterson dives in with new council, projects, plans

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 19th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The new Peterson Council, including Mayor Tim Hallum, dove into a heavy agenda at their first meeting of the year, January 14. Following the official swearing in of Hallum and councilors Gail Boyum and Dave Colbenson who were reelected, the council ..... 
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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with ..... 
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Rushford Village meets public works candidates

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner In an admittedly unorthodox setup, the Rushford Village council invited five public works/maintenance supervisor candidates to a pre-interview before the entire council November 18. The five were scheduled to come in 15 minute i ..... 
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Peterson reviews petition

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

As the city of Peterson ramps up for its 2015 County 25 project, the council continues to work out details of related items. A recent petition from eight of the 11 residences on Church Street has requested the city not put sidewalks along that porti ..... 
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Peterson mayoral race cuts close

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

While only one candidate may have been on the ballot for the mayor of Peterson, the city waited with baited breath the day following November 4 mid-term elections to find out who had snagged the position: incumbent Jennifer Wood or write-in candida ..... 
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Rushford Village discusses flood mitigation

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

In a meeting pushed back by elections, the Tuesday, November 4 Village council meeting was brief, containing agenda items from the previous meeting, October 21, in which there was no quorum. This meeting, too, narrowly had quorum, with councilor Ham ..... 
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