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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 owner. Financial assistance for the project is being provided by the county for sidewalks, curb, and gutter. There has been confusion over whether this financial assistance would be applied to only the city portion or over total project cost. Consultant Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, cautioned the city that adjusting the assessment policy to reflect additional assistance be applied to total project cost, could lead to unfair situations on other projects in the future.

Councilor Gail Boyum laid out some numbers to give the council a clearer vision of what was being proposed, but noted that the numbers are strictly estimates and are subject to change. A 50 percent cost share of the work in question is estimated at $74,649.63 and linear footage along Mill Street/County 25 is 2003.34 feet. Without assistance, the cost for the work equates to $32 per linear foot. Using the example of a homeowner with 100 linear feet of property along the roadway, Boyum noted that the $3,200 cost may not make sense in Peterson, as it would in a similar situation in a larger municipality.

“Our big entryway is Mill Street. I feel like the city should participate in that. Our street is critical and we all benefit from it,” said Boyum.

After further council discussion, a 70/30 assessment policy, with any additional assistance first applied to the city portion, was approved unanimously. Still unclear is whether property owners will have additional options to pay for the improvements other than up front or by putting on their property taxes, with added interest. It was noted that other municipalities have allowed for partial prepayment and options to pay the principal off at a later date. The council will iron out that matter further. The next step in the project, now that the assessment policy is in place, will be setting actual costs through engineering.

Also up for discussion at the April 9 meeting were possible changes to the current chicken ordinance, the Peterson Committee for the Arts, and resolution of a signage dispute along Mill Street.

In the first, talk of changing the current ordinance was presented by Councilor Dave Colbenson and revolved around allo .....
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Early Childhood Initiative

Fri, Apr 4th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Rushford-Peterson Community Education offers many opportunities for early childhood aged children and their families. Our Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes are open to birth-5 year olds. Parents and children attend the themed classes t ..... 
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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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Highway 43 project update

Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
Posted in Peterson The Great Outdoors

PETERSON, Minn. - Last November we began a discussion about the Highway 43 reconstruction project through Rushford. At that time we said the project will begin in late April or May. We now know that the earliest the project will begin is late May. ..... 
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R-P’s last legislative “hurrah”

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

In a continuation of discussion from the March 11 work session, Superintendent Chuck Ehler again sought guidance for the direction of the district in regards to facility improvements and upgrades. In the last six years, R-P has gone through a series ..... 
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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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Mr. Davids’ “Questionaire”...

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, My husband and I were about to fill out Mr. Davids’ “Questionaire” but we realized that it was so slanted and partisan that we could not really answer questions that were not asked. This “questionnaire” is an insult to vote ..... 
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Birth Announcement - Kailer Randy Volkman

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Social Scenes

Big sister Kaylie welcomes home baby brother, Kailer Randy Volkman. Parents are Ryan Danielson of Lanesboro, Minn. and Kati Volkman of Peterson, Minn. Kailer was born February 14, 2014. He weighed 8lbs. 5oz. and measured 19 1/2 inches. Grandparent ..... 
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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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