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Preston moves forward with 2008 street improvements


Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

Brett Grabau of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlick and Associates, the city's consulting engineers, detailed the plans and estimates for the 2008 street improvements at the council's May 19 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Grabau noted that the city's staff and engineers had designated four areas for the 2008 work including a section of Industrial Drive as requested by the property owners, Chatfield Avenue which was rated as "High Priority," the St. Anthony/Mill Street designated as a maintenance project, and Jefferson Street which is also designated as "High Priority." Because of budget concerns, the Jefferson Street area was eliminated from this year's projects. City Administrator Joe Hoffman remarked that Jefferson Street is still considered as "High Priority" but that work in the other three areas constitutes the best use of available funds at this time.

Grabau noted that the work on Chatfield Avenue will include curb and gutter and a sidewalk to tie into the new tennis courts and the sidewalk installed as part of the Hwy 52 project. Most all of the work on St. Anthony Street and Mill Street will be considered to be maintenance work except for the intersection and would not involve assessments on property owners. Industrial Drive and Chatfield Street will require assessments on property owners (about seven or eight) and assessments will be assigned according to the city's assessment policy.

The estimated total costs of the projects is $198,107.25 with about $21,000 for Industrial Drive, $140,800 for Chatfield Avenue, and over $35,000 for the maintenance on St. Anthony/Mill Streets. Hoffman suggested that the city will have to make funds available from street fund and reserves to pay for the work and collect the assessments to rebuild the fund for future projects. He expects there could be a temporary shortfall of about $20,000 depending on the actual bids. Grabau explained that a lot of the cost on Chatfield Avenue is the sidewalk. Public Utility Director Bill Cox said that the $5,000 set aside for 2008 sidewalks would be made available for this sidewalk. He added that enough people currently walk on Chatfield Avenue to warrant the installation of the sidewalk.

Council member Jon Haugan asked Hoffman if he was comfortable borrowing from the city fund at this time for the projects. Hoffman said that he was.

Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink asked if there would be parking on Chatfield Avenue. Grabau said that the plans .....
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Lanesboro Council holds public hearings on capital improvement projects

Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council held two public hearings before their regular meeting on May 19. The first one was for the Capital Improvements that will be done to the Community Center. Elizabeth Blakesley, who works with Mike Bubany at David Drown Asso ..... 
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Map omission stirs controversy

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - City of Rushford Village council members made clear their disappointment with the new county map and its failure to recognize the City of Rushford Village as a city at the county board's May 13 meeting. Commissioner Marc Prestby was absent ..... 
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Rushford Council sells business lot

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - A decisive step was made in Rushford Hardware's proposed move to north of town when the Rushford City Council voted, albeit reluctantly, to sell owner Greg Norstad's Lot #10 in the Rush Creek Business Park.

Norstad's store in the ..... 
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Harmony Council discusses antique mall and other projects

Fri, May 16th, 2008
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Plans will soon be underway for a new antique mall in Harmony's Industrial Park. Terry and Jean Ingvalson of Mabel will be putting up a new building which will house multiple antique vendors. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates attended the City C ..... 
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Budget limits Spring Valley rec improvements

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Parks Director John Fenske reported bids for replacing the blacktop surface of the tennis courts to the Spring Valley City Council members at their May 12 meeting. The surface replacement would cost about $36,960 for asphalt and about $38,586 for co ..... 
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Weight limits enforced on County Roads

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland fielded questions from board members at the May 6 meeting. A citizen called in Friday, May 2, to report an abuse of weight restrictions on a county gravel road. The county sheriff was notified and a deputy w ..... 
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Preston Fire Department to manage gambling

Fri, May 9th, 2008
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At the May 5 Preston City Council meeting, council members considered three proposals submitted by local organizations applying for the opportunity to manage gambling activities at the B & B Bowl. Several months ago the council had decided to try to ..... 
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Lanesboro Council looks at property issues

Fri, May 9th, 2008
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The Lanesboro City Council meeting on May 5 included a few different planning and zoning issues with property in town. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city approve a request from Bob Schrupp about his property located kitty c ..... 
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