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Preston City Council – Special Meeting: Spring Avenue residents awarded 20% reduction


Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

At a special meeting of the Preston City Council Tuesday evening adjustments were made to proposed assessments of the County Road #17 projects. Working under a deadline, in order to be included in the 2004 property tax statements, the council was limited in its options.

Council member, Robert Sauer, asked for an explanation as to why the projects were split. He was uncomfortable with what he saw as inequities in the assessment rates. It was explained to him by Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates that the Ridge Road Project was designed in 2001 after which it was postponed. Fillmore County had signed two separate agreements with the city for the projects.

For Ridge Road the county signed an agreement with the city making the county responsible for the street costs except for Cottage Grove. The city then spread the costs for Cottage Grove among all the residents of Ridge Road, making the assessment $11.11 per lineal foot of frontage.

Before the Spring Avenue Project agreement was signed with the county, the county changed its policy and would no longer pay for all street construction costs, making the assessment $34.18 per lineal foot of frontage. The two projects were bonded together to save the city money.

Sauer and Council member Mike McGarvey would have liked to revisit the decision to assess the projects separately, but the deadline would not permit this. Council member Heath Mensink stressed that “citizens were getting a heck of a deal on either project.” The county, state, and federal monies are subsidizing much of the costs of both projects. Without these subsidies property owners would be responsible for $55 to $65 per lineal foot of frontage. Residents are being assessed for the street portion. Utility rates have increased in order to pay for the city’s portion of sewer and water costs. Individual property owners are to be assessed for the expense of their own sanitary sewer access to the main. The Ridge Road project had a higher bid so their sewer service assessment is $950 while Spring Avenue residents will pay $736.88.

City attorney, David Joerg, stated that in his opinion the projects would have been better combined since they were similar improvements, completed at the same time, and covered by the same bond. Sauer reasoned that “everybody would be paying the same freight.”

Joerg noted that no matter how you .....
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Commissioners’ Report: Sand and rock quarries’ lists are available

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Board started their Thanksgiving week off with a quiet agenda, cleaning up some year-end items.

There had been several inquiries by commissioners as to the number of rock quarries and sandpits in the county. ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Housing development issues concern council

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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The Rushford Council had the opportunity to hear more about potential housing development in the city at their regular council meeting November 24, 2003. Doug and Marie Botcher, owners of Meadows Inn Bed and Breakfast, presented a letter to the Rushf ..... 
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The Story Project will touch your heart

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
Posted in Features

Nine Dragon Press of Preston has published its first book, A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse, which features the writing of thirty-four local authors.

Page after page, the word pictures trigger your memory and ignite your sen ..... 
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Commonweal’s Scrooge holds up a mirror to our own stingy hearts

Fri, Nov 28th, 2003
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A writer once said (I think it was Minnesota’s Carol Bly) that no matter what your faith, going to church on Sundays is a good thing if only because it’s the one place we’ll be reminded weekly that we should be good to each other.

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All creatures great and small

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Man is the only animal that laughs, but when you look at some people, it’s hard to understand how the animals keep from laughing.

E.C. McKenzie

In 1945, Herbert Fisch of Spring Valley graduated from Iowa ..... 
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A Teacher, a Rooster and an Outhouse

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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The Story Project of Fillmore County, which began last January when the Journal asked readers to send in their stories - the kind we tell around the kitchen table and pass on to our children - is now at the printer and due out the first week of Decem ..... 
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Heartland vs. city of Preston expected to be heard in Houston County

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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Attorneys for the city of Preston have responded to a writ of mandamus filed by Robert and Elaine Maust, who are asking that the court order the city to issue a building permit to Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC.

In court pap ..... 
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Preston City Council adopts interim ordinance

Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
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At a special meeting of the city council Tuesday evening, November 18, an ordinance mandating a temporary moratorium on industrial use or building permit applications was adopted.

Kevin Ostern, chairman of the Planning and Zoni ..... 
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