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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 address the issue.

Nuisance properties, those defined in non-compliance by the Minnesota Basic Code adopted by the city that have received complaints from citizens, have likely already received notice from the city via letter. Those properties, if not addressed through the city-wide cleanup, or those that receive complaints after the cleanup, could be billed by the city to have it done.

“Having Rick [Lee – public works] enforce it is not right. He needs to be able to work with people. With the cleanup, this is something we would do as part of enforcing ordinance. I feel like we should hire someone,” noted Councilor Gail Boyum. Who can be hired for this task is still in question, although the names of several scrappers were discussed.

Following the cleanup, properties that have been in non-compliance, or those receiving new complaints, will be issued a letter from the city attorney. After 30 days, if the property remains an issue, the city will order cleanup for the property and bill the property owner. Should properties not pay the bill for the work, the penalty would be a misdemeanor and the cost assessed to the property taxes.

The city-wide cleanup is Saturday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to noon. Notice has been sent to all Peterson properties.

In other zoning discussion, the city updated its chicken ordinance to allow for a rotational permit. This would allow approved residences to keep a maximum of 10 birds, five hens and five chicks, but only for a period of six months, until the younger birds are laying. After that point, they must reduce the number of birds to five.

Other changes to the ordinance include adjusting coop height to a limit of eight feet and fence height maximums to seven feet. The permit will have a $5 annual charge, which covers time for a city employee to ensure compliance.

The city continues to update the general workings of a municipality, approving the purchase of MuniBilling, a complete utility billing tool. It will allow for online billing and payments, for water, sewer, and electric utility, and reporting, as well as several other services. The cloud-based system will have no software f .....
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ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

The menu is set. The cooks are ready to go. The wine and beer sommeliers have picked the beverages. ExpoCulinaria is less than a week away, and we’re ready for our guests. This annual experience of taste promises to be an evening of incredible fla ..... 
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RASA summer theater production auditions upcoming

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Arts & Culture

Rushford Area Society of the Arts will be holding auditions for this summer’s community theater production of ‘The Butler Did It”, on Thursday evening, May 15, at 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 17 at 9 a.m. in the Rushford Peterson High School Theat ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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R-P runs into insurance snag

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

At the Monday, April 21 Rushford Peterson school board meeting, the district acknowledged a snag with bids for insurance coverage. Board member Taylor Peterson sought clarification, as did local insurance agent Butch Johnson, who was present and addr ..... 
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Marvin Vernon Jonsgaard

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Marvin Vernon Jonsgaard, 83, of Peterson, Minn., died Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Marvin was born August 30, 1930 to Harry and Agnes (Bailey) Jonsgaard in rural Winona County. He served in army during the Korean War from 1951-1953 and upon his return he ..... 
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Rushford Peterson Valley triathlon event gains momentum

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Features

The excitement surrounding Rushford Peterson Valley Tri-City Challenge and Conquer the Bluff is building. A project put forth by the Foundation for Rushford-Peterson Schools, the event is designed to bring awareness to the community and to raise fund ..... 
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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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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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