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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 several portions of the project and a detailed street and water main map. By receiving a final feasibility report, the city also meets a state obligation should it end up needing to impose assessments to fund the project.

“The project is feasible and cost effective. However, financing the project may be a challenge for the City of Peterson. Great consideration should be given as to what the best option for financing is and how it will benefit the entire community,” noted Brian Holtz, project manager. “At this point, the report is informational. We know the limits.”

The city had originally envisioned the project, which is being done in cooperation with Fillmore County, for 2014. The county’s stance on the project scope, according to Holtz, tear it up and rebuild the whole works, including curb and gutter, sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, and hydrants. “They’re looking at big picture,” Holtz continued. “Fillmore County going to do the road and walk away, except for maintenance, for 30 years. They hope it will last 50.”

In regards to the sanitary sewer, the system is in relatively good shape. Installed in 1970s, the main is PVC pipe, and engineers are expecting no real surprised with it. However, it has been recommend that the city televise sewer lines to verify condition. It has also been recommended that manhole castings be replaced and adjusted to match the new roadway elevations. The city’s cost for sanitary sewer upgrades is $5,250.

Storm sewer pipe is also in good condition and adequate size. In contrast, catch basins are in fair to poor condition and per recommendation, should be removed and upgraded. On a lucky break for the city, MnDOT typically picks up the tab for 50 to 100 percent of the cost. Holtz noted that in Fillmore County, the state has covered the cost in its entirety more than 75 percent of the time. “We’re allocating for 50 percent, just in case, but there’s a high likelihood we’ll see more money,” added Holtz. During final design, the entire system would be analyzed using current MnDOT State Aid Design standards to determine if any other replacement is needed. The estimated storm sewer upgrade is $20,250.
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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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Peterson City Council holds July Meeting

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Angie Rodenburg The Peterson City Council held their monthly meeting on July 10 at Peterson City Hall. The meeting proved to be an eventful one with numerous issues addressed. At the forefront of debate was an issue pertaining to Mike Eidenschin ..... 
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Peterson advances Count 25 project planning

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner “There’s a sidewalk there, you just can’t see it. It’s buried under dirt and grass.” Peterson Mayor Jennifer Wood is eager to see improvements along County 25 running through the heart of the town. The roadway itself h ..... 
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Make it great, make it grow

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Government

By Kirsten Zoellner So what’s in a name, or in a brand for that matter? One can hardly think of a city other than New York when you see a big red heart preceded by the letter “I.” What about our small towns? Can they build a lasting public im ..... 
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