City Council Minutes of 04/05/2016

April 5, 2016



APRIL 5, 2016


Pursuant to due call and notice thereof, a regular meeting of the Board of Appeal and Equalization of the City of Saint Peter was conducted in the Commissioners’ Room of the Nicollet County Government Center on April 5, 2016.

A quorum present, Mayor pro tem Parras called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  The following members were present: Councilmembers Kvamme, Parras, Pfeifer, Brand, and Grams.   Absent were Councilmember Carlin and Mayor Zieman.  County officials present were:  Nicollet County Assessor Doreen Pehrson and Appraiser Michelle Wills.

Councilmembers Brand and Kvamme have completed the training for Board of Appeal and Equalization members.

The Board considered two recommendations from Assessor Pehrson for reductions to properties as follows:

  • Larry Thordson, 325 West Wabasha Street with a valuation of $120,700.  Pehrson’s recommendation was to reduce the valuation to $103,900 due to deficiencies in the property which included additions made by the property owner and water and sewer lines that were not deep enough to prevent frozen lines.  Pehrson indicated the property was originally built in 1880 and had been added on in 1997 and had received the mandatory valuation increases for the last two years.  A motion was made by Brand, seconded by Pfeifer to accept the recommendation for a reduction in valuation to $103,900.  With all in favor, the motion carried.
  • Jeremy and Gretchen Geppert, 1102 Engesser Lane – valuation of $186,600.  Pehrson indicated the property valuation had been estimated during the City-wide reappraisal done in 2014 after the property owners refused entry to the Assessor’s staff.  Pehrson indicated the property had finally been viewed on March 30, 2016 leading to a recommendation to reduce the valuation to $168,700.  Mayor pro tem Parras expressed concerns that property owners who refuse entry to the Assessor’s office are being penalized with big jumps in valuation.  Pehrson indicated that if her staff is unable to view the property the office must assume that the quality of the property is good and the valuation is then set higher.  A motion was made by Pfeifer, seconded by Grams to accept the recommendation for a reduction in valuation to $168,700.  With all in favor the motion carried.

County Assessor Pehrson indicated that the training for Kvamme, Brand and Carlin expires in June of this year and noted the previously distributed information about the online training that is now available and reminded Board members that they would be responsible for ensuring they completed the training in time to ensure that at least one member of the Board is trained.

There being no further appeals presented, a motion was made by Brand, seconded by Pfeifer to adjourn.  With all in favor the meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.