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Preston to issue Casey's building permit


Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the Casey's General Store development proposal at the Preston City Council's October 18 meeting. A building permit had been applied for to construct the convenience store on the triangle of land at the Hwy 52 and Chatfield Avenue intersection. Councilman David Collett was absent.

Hoffman noted the proposal meets all of Preston's applicable zoning requirements which will allow the development to proceed without being reviewed by Planning and Zoning. MnDot doesn't object to the development. There still are some storm water issues to be resolved with the city.

The proposed access on the southeast side may make it necessary to move the Tourism Center a little bit. Hoffman said the development is an appropriate use of the property and is within the setbacks. The building permit will be issued.

Schlick Buyout

On March 3, 2010, the city council approved the authorization for the necessary documents to go ahead with the buyout of the Steve Schlick property which is located in the flood plain. The property was number one on the city's list of properties located in the flood plain to be in this program.

The total cost will be $55,900 including buying the property at the 2009 assessed value of $39,400 (verbally agreed to price) and demolition expenses. Estimates are for FEMA to pay $41,925, the DNR to pay $6,987, and the city of Preston to pay $6,987 or 12.5 percent of the total expenses including the purchase price.

Hoffman said the city received the grant agreements from the state for final signatures on October 5. The council approved a motion to proceed and gave final approval to acquire the property.

2010 Final Assessment

Hearing

The initial hearing for the 2010 Street and Utility Improvements was held last spring. Now with the project complete the city has prepared an assessment roll. The final hearing on the proposed assessments will be at the November 15 meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the city council chambers.

Hoffman explained that the city is not financing the improvements with a bond, but using existing city funds. Therefore, those that want to pay their assessments over a ten year period will pay a 4.5 percent interest rate. The city staff recommended the 4.5 percent rate which the council approved. In 2008 the rate was set at 5.5 percent when overall interest rates were higher. Hoffman suggested that if home owners could obtain a lower intere .....
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Board of Adjustment denies variances

Fri, Oct 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

Property line setback variances for two separate applications were discussed and denied at the Fillmore County Board of Adjustment's October 21 meeting. All applications concerned wind conversion systems.

Johnson Application

LeRoy J ..... 
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Overview of ARMER grants

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Judy Indrelie, Special Grants Coordinator, with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, reviewed the grant process for the Regional Radio Board (RRB) at the Fillmore County Board's October 12 meeting. Commissioner Tom Kaase sits on the RRB.

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Chatfield joins challenge to Alliant Energy rate increase

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The city of Albert Lea has reached out to other cities which will be affected by Alliant Energy's proposed 22 percent rate increase. The council voted to adopt a resolution calling for the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) to reject or re ..... 
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Frustration grows between Rushford and Hypersonic

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

While the Tuesday, October 12th, council meeting had two public hearings on the agenda, a string of comments from Rushford Hypersonic CEO Dan Fox garnered a majority of the attention prior to both hearings and any general business.

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Harmony City Council votes down pay increase

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Harmony Fire Chief Bill Hanlon was at the Harmony City Council meeting on October 12 to discuss bids for the new fire truck.

Hanlon explained they received four bids in all. The bid from Rosenbauer was the lowest at $283,648. The next lowest ..... 
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Spring Valley halts payments to contractor

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council continues to have issues surrounding the Industrial Park Project. It seems as though every meeting is an open forum for holding back payment to the contractor, Mr. Steve Jech of Jech Excavating, Inc. of Elgin, Minnesot ..... 
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This bridge is a link to where?

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

It is interesting that the construction work on the State Trail from Preston to where? is underway. This shiny new bridge along River Road on the edge of Preston is the beginning of a state trail that many hope will eventually find its way to Forest ..... 
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Canton City Council approves two liquor licenses

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

September Meeting

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met on September 1 with the following present: Donivee Johnson, Cindy Shanks, Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Lolly Melander, Jon Nordsving, and Barb Kerns. Ross Duckett was absent. Sh ..... 
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