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Peterson preps for County 25 hearing


By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

Having set the new hearing date for Wednesday, October 22, the city of Peterson is not leaving anything to chance and has invited a large panel to address public concerns. This hearing is the second regarding the authorization of the project and it marks the last chance the city has to do so. The road reconstruction portion of the County State Aid Highway 25 project, which runs through the heart of the city, is mandated by the county.

At the last hearing, September 24, the city was cautioned on the project timeline, which is forcing them to authorize the project now. Only once the city authorizes the project, can the final scope and cost of the project be determined. Engineers have stressed that current cost figures are estimates, but they do not expect them to rise beyond those amounts.

However, the city must determine whether or not to follow through with additionally recommended projects including water main replacement on the County 25 portion of Mill and Church Street, sidewalks on Church Street, and electrical upgrades. Engineers and financial planning have indicated that the city would see significant cost savings if done with the project. The county has also noted the opportune time, noting costs if the city would need to dig up the roadway in the future.

Residents have argued whether upgrades are needed, and if city and its property owners can afford them. The council discussed at the October 8 meeting options for utilizing enterprise fund dollars to defray costs to citizens. “This is going to have a major impact on our citizens,” stressed councilor Gail Boyum. “I’m interested in looking at using it to defray the cost over the long run. I’m interested in playing around with the numbers.” The council is aware that some funds have state mandated minimum balance requirements, but the electric fund currently sits at $45,000 and the street fund could offer as much as $60,000, if figures are correct.

City clerk Megan Grebe argued; as she claimed playing devil’s advocate, that rates are at an all-time low and that it may be better to bond those spend down funds. If enterprise funds were spent down, the city would still need to recoup those dollars in future years through tax levy. “People still see it as cash out of their pockets,” noted Mayor Jennifer Wood.

Interfund transfers may not be possible, depending on keeping the recommended cash reserves in the general fun .....
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Guest Commentary: Rushford-Peterson School referendum

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

By Jennifer M. Wood of Peterson, Minn. The Rushford-Peterson School referendum has recently been presented as you are either for or against caring for the future of our children. However, I believe that knowing the truth, and knowing all of our op ..... 
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R-P Referendum Forum draws hundreds

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

More than 230 people packed the R-P gymnasium Monday, October 6 for the second of two public forums related to the proposed $38,165,000 school referendum. Presented in town meeting format, the district revamped some of the meeting procedure after th ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

To the Editor, After years of working with our state legislature to secure funding for a new school initiative, the hard work of many in our community paid off this past spring. The legislature passed and Governor Dayton signed a bill that provides ..... 
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Letter about R-P referendum...

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

To the Editor, Two years ago I was present at, and observed, all but one of the frac sand “study” committee meetings in Houston County. Eric Johnson, a township officer, was one of Rick Frank’s and Bob Scanlan’s handpicked people on the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson bond levy: an unnecessary financial risk

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

By Michael Machutt Rushford, Minn. We are being asked to commit to a minimum of $56,000,000 of debt ($38,000,000 in principal and $28,000,000 interest) in order to build a new K-12 facility. $56,000,000 is the minimum because there are still unf ..... 
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Name released for Level 3 predatory offender relocating to Rushford area

Mon, Oct 6th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Police Reports

On October 8, 2014, there will be a Community Notification Meeting in the Gymnasium at the Rushford-Peterson High School in Rushford. Representatives from the Department of Corrections, Rushford Police Department, and the Fillmore County Sheriff’ ..... 
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Peterson council addresses County 25 concerns

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Sep 29th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

With another packed house, Wednesday, September 24, the Peterson council attempted to iron out project details, cost, and funding concerns regarding the 2015 County State Aid Highway 25 reconstruction. Discussion has been contentious at times, as th ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Homecoming 2014

Mon, Sep 22nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2014 the week of September 22-27. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 23rd at 2:30 pm in the High School gy ..... 
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