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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 main on from Church Street to River Street. Additional portions of the project are also being considered, including work on the Church Street portion of County 25.

The city has a cooperative agreement with the county for 50 percent of the cost for curb, gutter, and sidewalks. The city will be covering the cost of the water main work. The city assessment calculation states 20 percent of street reconstruction to the abutting property owner, 30 percent of sidewalks and trails to the abutting property owner, and 100 percent of water main line service to the benefited property.

City Clerk Megan Grebe said she couldn’t stress enough that figures mailed out are only estimates. Engineers at SEH have based costs on a unit cost basis taking into account similar project costs to establish as accurate a price as possible. The biggest variables of the project are the county end, as they are leading the project and prices over the course of the coming year. A contingency is built into the project and while it was acknowledged that projects can go over cost, SEH is confident this will not. The scope of the project has already been reduced, but the city still needs to define the parameters of the project and it appears a good deal of that will be garnering public support.

Concerns over water main replacement included the determination that 100 percent of the service main is assessable to the property owner. It was noted that last winter, the city took responsibility for water main service in the event of freezing or breaking. The city maintains that the related policy was strictly written for freezing instances, but has noted it is not explicitly defined as such. The matter will need to be clarified by the council. Engineer David Strauss noted that in the instance of water service, cities are able to make a clear distinction of who benefits from it.

“You don’t have to do the job. You’re choosing to. You’re shoving it down our throats,” said resident Gary Quarve.

The city maintains there are no options for further overlayment of the road, which has led to substantial drainage issues. “The county is not going to allow an overlay,” noted Counci .....
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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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Peterson weighs effects of assessment policy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The County 25 road reconstruction project isn’t slated until 2015, the City of Peterson is wasting no time lining up all the details of the massive undertaking. A shared project with the county, the city is getting some relief on the large price t ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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