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Preston council gives go ahead for new pumper truck


Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

Jerry Olson, Preston Fire Department, asked the Preston City Council to approve funding for their portion of responsibility toward the purchase of a new pumper truck at the February 4 meeting. Olson explained that the pumper to be replaced was thirty-five years old and that the other one was seventeen years old. Mayor Kurt Reicks pointed out that the city pays for half of the cost and the other half is the township's share. The township will meet in the next few weeks for their approval. Olson expects that with this purchase the fire department shouldn't need to replace another pumper truck for ten or fifteen years.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman added that the city's half is about $130,000. The city puts money aside each year in a fund for this purpose. However, the total on hand including the 2008 truck fund would be approximately $56,000. Hoffman said that the balance of just over $74,000 would be financed with an interfund loan. Councilman Robert Sauer suggested that the current yearly set aside be increased so that an adequate fund can be established for the next purchase in ten or fifteen years.

Reicks noted that the truck will come fully equipped and ready for use. The council approved the use of their share of the funds toward the purchase contingent upon the township approving their portion.

Liquor License

Edward Olson asked the council to amend the city ordinance in order to allow for a second Off-Sale Liquor License in Preston. He argued that it would bring competition, lower prices, and three or four part time jobs to the city. He noted that Harmony and Lanesboro each have two licensees and Chatfield has three. The liquor store would be a separate entity from the One Stop. Councilman Jon Haugan expressed concern for the solvency of the current licensee, Preston Liquor Store. Olson insisted that he couldn't be concerned with that, that free enterprise brings competition. Several like businesses in town deal with competition.

Rhonda Wangen, Preston Liquor Store, noted that no business in the state is more regulated than liquor and another competitive Off-Sale business would hurt them. In her opinion another store would not bring any additional business to other Preston businesses. She made it clear that they did not have the funds or room to add a bar to their store.

Joe Hoffman responded that tonight they should just discuss the possibility of changing the ordinance. He said that it would be possib .....
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Spring Valley Council Report:CUP denied for LaPolice property

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council denied a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Andre LaPolice at their January 28 meeting. The Spring Valley Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the CUP, for the property located at 612 Huron Avenue, be denied at ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Hypersonic loan application on hold

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

Late on the agenda, at Monday's, January 28 council meeting, the council tackled an issue that was reviewed by the flood recovery loan committee and the EDA in recent weeks: Does a start-up business qualify for disaster recovery funds? Case in point ..... 
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Planning Commission approves campground changes

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Working well past 10:00 p.m. on Thursday night, January 24, the Fillmore County Planning Commission, cut and pasted last minute changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Campgrounds to send off to the County Board for ratification at their ..... 
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County accepts Bonestroo proposal for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Emergency Management Subcommittee recently interviewed three consultant firms to choose a contractor to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan for Fillmore County. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefed the board on the committee meeting and ..... 
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Rushford Council special meeting focuses on well drilling

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It is rare for the Rushford council to discuss matters unrelated to the August flood, and Tuesday's, January 22, special session was no exception.

BDM engineer John Stewart advised the council on pending water issues.

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Preston citizens troubled over Nursing Home closure

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston City Council chambers were full to capacity at the January 22 meeting. Citizens came to air their grievances after Good Samaritan announced their intention to close the Preston Good Samaritan Society nursing home by early March 2008. City Ad ..... 
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Lanesboro city considers new software purchase

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman would like the city council to approve a software upgrade for the city office employees. She presented information and bid amounts to the council at the regular meeting on January 22.

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Legislators meet with county board

Fri, Jan 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

Area Representatives Jeanne Poppe and Ken Tschumper, along with Senators Sharon Ropes and Dan Sparks, met with Fillmore County commissioners on Tuesday, January 15, to discuss upcoming bonding priorities for the 2008 Minnesota legislative session wh ..... 
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