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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 project require at least a 20 percent assessment of property owners by statute. While the whole project is bonded as one, terms of street reconstruction and utility work can be addressed under separate statutes, reducing the total assessment. In Peterson’s case, the curb, gutter, and sidewalk work will be assessed.

Municipalities typically have varying assessment percentages for new construction, reconstruction, or repair. For complete reconstruction, Peterson is considering setting the assessment policy at 50 percent property owner/city. However, in this project, the county has already pledged to contribute 50 percent of the cost of curb, gutter, and sidewalks, so residents will pay half of the remaining percentage.

Special considerations are being taken for assessment deferment in certain cases, including those 65 and older and those with permanent or total disability. The assessments will be financed over 20 years.

The city had considered not proceeding with all reconstruction on the sidewalks, but was advised against piecing the sidewalk as needed. Due to the large scale of the project, the sidewalks cost is substantially lower. City Clerk Megan Grebe noted figures estimating $4.70 per linear foot as total cost, which translates to a $2.35 per foot assessment cost.

The preliminary assessment policy was agreed upon and will be formally presented to the community at a public hearing that is yet to be scheduled.

The city also took steps in the detachment issue brought forth by residents Alan Lipowitz and Jan Smaby. Following receipt of a letter from the City of Rushford Village noting a modification to allow the cities time to potentially resolve the issue, the council discussed the matter at length.

A recent email from Rushford Village Councilor Gordon Johnson was also discussed. “I found it perplexing,” noted Mayor Jennifer Wood. “It brought up things we’d already taken care of. I thought we’d asked during the petition.” Wood noted that in light of the relationship of the two communities, she’d sent of number of informational items to the Village, including a statement from those involved in a past Rushford/Ru .....
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Rushford Peterson Valley brand takes hold with Chamber

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Last June, a welcoming brand set root in three communities: Rushford, Peterson, and Rushford Village. In just shy of eight months, the brand has been embraced by businesses, organizations, residents, and now, the local chamber of commerce. In a much ..... 
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Peterson denies detachment request, councilor resigns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Peterson resident Alan Lipowitz and his attorney Tom Murphy were on hand at the Wednesday, January 9 council meeting, to respond to any questions regarding he and his wife, Jan Smaby’s, request for detachment from the city. The duo is seeking anne ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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