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Preston City Council Report: Budget sent back for trimming


Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

Preston’s Monday, August 16, council meeting, lasting less than forty minutes, was relatively light in citizen attendance and with few items of business. City administrator, Joe Hoffman presented the overall budget proposal for 2005. He noted increases in the budgets for street projects and construction, the Historical Elevator Fund, attorney fees, and a 28% increase in health insurance costs. The proposal called for a levy increase of 9.42% or about $42,000.

Council members Steve Knoepke and Pat Gartner expressed concern over what they considered a significant levy increase. Knoepke recommended that all department heads be notified to make reductions in the proposal and warned that the council can make reductions without their approval. The ‘leaner and meaner’ budget will be on the next meeting’s agenda.

Parking

About a month ago Pat Grebin and Joanne Szuch made a request for limited parking signs to be placed at the two street parking places in front of their sandwich shop. The council had instructed Mr. Hoffman to contact businesses around the court house square and assess their opinion on parking limits. The survey results were split with 60% favoring “one to two hour parking spots around the outside of the square and normal (all-day) parking on the inside of the square.”

Because the survey results were not definitive, the council asked Hoffman to prepare a resolution for the next meeting. The resolution will provide the requested 30-minute parking signs for the two spots in front of the sandwich shop only for the lunch hours of 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

New Squad Car

Police chief Matt Schultz requested the council’s authorization to purchase a new 2005 Chevy Impala for $17,232 to replace the squad car from Lanesboro. The Lanesboro car has had about $3,000 in repairs and now needs transmission work. Schultz explained that the money for the new car is in place.

Heartland

Settlement Amendment

Because of unforeseen complications to the settlement agreement between Heartland Energy and Recycling and the City of Preston dated May 27, 2004, the council passed an amendment extending the deadline to August 30, 2004. In the amendment Preston agrees to pay $150,000 to Heartland by August 30, 2004. If Heartland is not accepted into the JOBZ program by September 30, 2004 .....
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Harmony City Council Report: City sets up permanent buffer between industrial and residential lot

Fri, Aug 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

After the Harmony City Council voted to approve rezoning Outlot A from residential to industrial by a 3 to 2 margin at their July 13 meeting, confusion reigned.

With closer scrutiny, it appeared that a 3 to 2 vote wasn’t enough ..... 
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Police-sharing arrangement an initial success in Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Friday, April 12, 2002, Lanesboro began what would be a nearly two year journey to rebuild the public’s confidence in the city’s police department. On that April day, Lanesboro citizens discovered that their police chief, John Tuchek, had started ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County continues budget talks, elected officials ask for raises

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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The county board continued their discussions about the 2005 budget on Tuesday. And budget talks eventually lead to conferences with elected official’s about salary increases. These conferences usually begin with the office holder showing how they mea ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Mayor Roberton questions backup generator purchase

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
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“I’m afraid we’re spending $2 million we didn’t need to spend,” Mayor T.S. Roberton declared as he reviewed the power supply options and generators at the Rushford City Council meeting Monday night, August 9th. Roberton asked who had originally broug ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 13th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•William Paul Miller, 37, of Wykoff, was arraigned on charges in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 9. Miller was charged with felony theft of an anhydrous ammonia tank from a Fountain area farm on J ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Water Park plan goes to committee

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Carlisle Corson presented his plan for a Water Park and Resort at the Monday, August 2, Preston City Council meeting. He explained that his plan essentially only changes the location of the earlier proposed Recreational Center that would have been at ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment and rural districting discussed

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Jeff Hebl, a Zenith Street neighbor, brought his concerns about the recent Jim Wagner detachment petition to the Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday, August 2. Hebl reminded the council that the Wagner property was in the city limits when it was pu ..... 
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Two Whalan girls work for a cure

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Emma McGrath sits in the hot sun along side the Root River Trail giving lemonade, brownies and cookies to bicyclists traveling along the bike trail. In return for this kindness, Emma asks each biker to make a donation to her favorite charity - the Am ..... 
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