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Peterson approves bid for County 25 project


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council held a special meeting May 20 to approve the bid for the County 25 project. Pictured left to right, clockwise, are councilors Loren Rue and Dave Colbenson, City Clerk Megan Boyum, Mayor Tim Hallum, County Engineer Ron Gregg, and councilors Dick Lee and Gail Boyum. Photo by Kirsten Zoellner

By Kirsten Zoellner

At a special meeting of the Peterson Council, Wednesday, May 20, the city council voted unanimously to approve the bid for the reconstruction and utility work of County State Aid Highway 25. Two bids were received by the county, who is the lead on the project. Bids were opened by the county, in Preston, May 18 and the county will formally approve the bid May 26. The special Peterson meeting was held so county approval wouldn’t need a contingency on Peterson approval, potentially holding up the project.

“The impression I got at bid opening was they’re anxious to get started,” noted County Engineer Ron Gregg. “They indicated there’s a good chance they can get it on it right away. If they bring it back (the contract) at the preconstruction meeting, we’ll be good to go.”

The engineer’s estimate for the project was $922,811. The winning bid went to Zenke, Inc. of LaCrescent in the amount of $947,671. The second bid, from Griffin Construction Company, of Chatfield, rang in at $1,097,480. “We’re comfortable with the bid,” said Gregg. A preconstruction meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 3, at 9 a.m., at the Peterson City Hall. Expected to attend the meeting are Peterson council, county representatives, utility representatives, the contractor, and any subcontractors. The meeting is open to the public.

The question of how the project will all play out, in terms of staging, has yet to be decided, but Gregg offered expertise on how he envisions it proceeding. Gregg doesn’t expect staging of different sections or sides of the roadway. Instead, he expects the crews will grind up all of the bituminous material and then dig up sections as utilities are upgraded. He stated that access must be granted to the residents at all times and that communication with property owners will be made during all phases of construction.

“It’s like a Band-aid. It’s better if you rip it all off at once,” suggested Gregg. “If you want to tippy-toe around, it might take some time.” Crossings in roadways will be likely closed overnight.

The Municipal Department of Health requires testing of water upgrades and Gregg noted that some hose to main hookups may be utilized in order to keep water on as much as possible. According to Gregg, new water access requires a disinfectant and a 72-hour wait period before testing and approval of the water acce .....
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Rushford enacts moratorium for interconnection to electrical grid

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 1st, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford City Council approved the recommendation of the Electric Utility Commission to initiate a moratorium, for up to one year, on the interconnection process for distributed generation systems with the Rushford municipal utility system. The ..... 
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Rushford Village approves 2015 Pavement Management

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Rushford Village Council voted unanimously to approve the 2015 Pavement Management at the Tuesday, May 19 meeting. The council also approved a resolution for plans, specifications, and the advertising of bids for the road work. Bolton & Menk eng ..... 
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Peterson wraps up, discusses a series of issues

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Government

The Peterson City Council breezed through a relatively full agenda Wednesday, May 13, as many of the items were brief updates to long-standing agenda items. The County Highway 25 Project in Peterson is now just around the corner. The county-led pr ..... 
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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 Ave ..... 
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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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