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Rushford preps for housing study, levee work


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford council has approved the solicitation requests for proposals related for updating the current and projected housing demand for the city and surrounding area. The last study, done in 2008, does not adequately highlight the needs of workforce and transitional housing which has come to light in recent years. The study will assess current housing conditions, analyze sales and rental markets, and provide development recommendations.

By making the study more current, the city believes it may increase attraction and assistance of potential developers, as well as open opportunities for grants, tax credits, and other funding sources. Additionally, should the Rushford-Peterson School District’s proposed referendum pass November 4, the timing of the city study may coincide with the opportunity of redevelopment for current district facilities.

Minnesota Housing Partnership offers a matching funds grant for housing studies which the city intends to utilize to cover a portion of the cost. By having the study, the city will be in better position to prove to the state its housing needs.

Levee work continues for the city. Some $360,000 of Department of Natural Resources grant money from the state, earmarked for levee correction, is still available to the city. Minor portions of the project are still underway and some yet to commence, but the city wants to secure the funding, or at least have it held for the project.

Currently, the city is accepting quotes for the removal and restoration of riprap work at headwalls, restoration of ditches, and other riprap work. The items have been identified by the Army Corps of Engineers as necessary to meet standards. The council opted to pre-approve the best-price bidder at the October 27 meeting, prior to actual bid opening. This was in effort to facilitate a quick response on the work timeline, keeping the project moving.

“We have to keep moving or we might lose it. We have to show we’re still working on it,” noted City Clerk Kathy Zacher.

“We’re going to more lengths than needed to do it right. That way, if the Corps comes back and says anything we can show them,” added City Administrator Steve Sarvi. The city also believes that it will have a better case with the state this way, showing continued progress and fiscal responsibility with state dollars.

Additional work is needed, including work on the cement wal .....
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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 ..... 
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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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