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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 tag, but it’s a financial burden for the small community and the council is keenly aware of the effect it will have on residents and business owners.

An assessment policy is needed due to general obligation bonds funding the project. Per statute, it requires at least a 20 percent assessment of property owners by statute. For complete reconstruction, Peterson is considering setting the assessment policy at 50 percent property owner/city. In this project, the county has already pledged to contribute 50 percent of the cost of curb, gutter, and sidewalks, so it appeared that residents would pay half of the remaining city percentage. However, there was some concern that the policy may not clarify it in that way.

Colin Schroeder, a Peterson business owner who volunteered last November to serve on a committee to assist the city in ironing out the scope of the project, found a potential stumbling block in the policy. He noted that as it’s currently written, assessments would be applied prior to special assistance. “My concern is that it’s calculated on the total project cost.” It was assumed by many that assistance from the county would kick in immediately. However, per the policy, assessments would be applied first, with the special assistance to be applied to the city portion only. “It doesn’t clarify where aid comes in. The half that comes from the county doesn’t benefit us.”

“That’s a good catch,” noted Mayor Jennifer Wood. “All along, we’ve talked about it the way you described.”

“It needs definition. The assessment needs to be after project assistance is applied,” added Schroeder.

The council agreed that clarification in the policy wording was needed and it was suggested that perhaps the city should adopt both a general policy and a special assessment policy for the project. “It’s unusual situation in this case,” noted Councilor Gail Boyum.

The city will discuss the matter with project consultants before bringing it back for approval. A special meeting is to be scheduled to adopt the policy. A public hearing will be held prior to the project start, when assessments are placed on the properti .....
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Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Letter to the Editor

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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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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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