11/8/2012 8:23:00 AM Court hears annexation
appeal, decision pending
by DENISE MARTIN
The parties involved in disputing the location of Peterson Companies’ property were in court recently appealing a state decision that left their business parcel half in Wyoming and half in Chisago City. District Judge John McBride heard the annexation appeal October 25. He has 90 days to make a ruling, according to Wyoming City Attorney Mark Vierling. Peterson Companies built a new company headquarters on Wyoming Trail, to replace and upgrade their main structure that burned. The border of Chisago City and Wyoming runs through the middle of the redeveloped site. Peterson Co. asked both cities to agree to shift the border so the whole business site would be inside of Chisago City. Under annexation law both of the affected jurisdictions need to sign off and Wyoming city council rejected the petition in September 2011. Landowner MMP Properties Inc. asked the state Office of Boundary Adjustments to review the annexation denial. State administrative law review culminated with a decision in May 2012 to deny the annexation. Wyoming officials have stated that the city doesn’t want to lose future tax revenue from the improved property valuation. Officials note that the two cities worked together to create a joint powers that allowed for the new Peterson Co. headquarters to get built, provided for inspections/permits and set up a property tax sharing formula. Peterson business owners say they just want the whole parcel inside one jurisdiction and that truck logos and business documents have always identified the business with a Chisago City post office address. The company would also pursue any site expansion on land it already owns adjacent to the Chisago City side of the site, they argue.