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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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Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play state bound again

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

Picture this: An egotistical high school drama director forces his students to do a cutting from the play “Equus”, the 1973 play by Peter Shaffer, for the Minnesota State High School League competition. Rebellious at this insistence, the student ..... 
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School districts ...

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, The question and answer article quoting Mr. Al Williams in the February 3 issue of the Journal details the inter-workings of a school board and an administrator determined to “extort and blackmail” a district’s tax payers for ..... 
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Carolyn E. Vande Zande

Wed, Feb 5th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Carolyn E. Vande Zande, 71, of Peterson, Minn. died on Wednesday, February 05, 2014, at Mayo Clinic Hospital, St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, Minn. Carolyn was born on November 15, 1942, in Chatfield, Minn. to Wesley and Hazel (Baker) Raviel. On ..... 
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Preston, Peterson chosen for prime bicycling event

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in Peterson Health & Wellness

Two Fillmore County towns, eagerly awaiting news, received confirmation last week that they had been chosen as a part of a four-day, four-community bicycling event. Bicycling Around Minnesota (BAM), an eight-year tour organization, set up the event, ..... 
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Peterson eyes strategic plan

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Progress Edition

As a large-scale County 25 reconstruction looms on the horizon of 2015 for Peterson, the city has been whittling down the scope of the project. During that process, the strong need for a city-wide strategic plan has come into play on more than one oc ..... 
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Andrew Peter Kingsbury

Wed, Jan 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Andrew Peter Kingsbury, 29, of La Crosse, Wis. died on Sunday, January 5, 2014, due to an automobile accident in the Winona, Minn. area. Andy was born on December 8, 1984, in Waseca, Minn. to Allan and Linda (Peterson) Kingsbury. He moved with his ..... 
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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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