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Preston to start flood buyout program


Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council voted at their Monday, October 20 meeting, to begin the buyout of flood affected homes in South Preston along the Root River. City Administrator Joe Hoffman and councilman Robert Sauer recently ranked twelve properties in the floodway that would qualify for mitigation programs through FEMA and the DNR. Each of the property owners was sent a letter. Hoffman noted that three were very interested in the buy out possibility. The city can identify the most at risk properties, but property owners have to agree to participate.

The city expects it could buy out one property per year, as it will be responsible for 12% of the cost of purchase, demolition, and removal. Hoffman explained that the programs will be available as long as they are funded.

The council voted to start the process for the property at 106 Mill Street SE. This was the property ranked fourth as most at risk and where the owner was very interested in the buy out.

PPEA Requests

The city council some months ago decided to have a committee meet with the Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA) to hammer out an agreement for the 2009-2011 contract. The committee members were council members Heath Mensink and David Harrison and Ronald Schroeder from the Preston Public Utilities Commission.

The PPEA had detailed seven requests, but withdrew two that the committee would not agree to. Requests approved include a 3% cost of living increase for each year and five week vacation for employees cumulating over twenty years of employment with the city. Employees will also be able to receive health care at 100% their own cost from 62 until Medicare age with the city. It was stipulated that the extended coverage with the city is acceptable with the council, but that the city can't guarantee that the insurer will always allow this.

Mensink praised the committee process and the resulting open discussion as being very productive. The PPEA members agreed and thanked the council for the committee process.

The council accepted the agreed upon requests and the next step is to use them to draw up the contract.

2008 Street Improvements

The pay request for the work on Mill Street and St. Anthony Street was not approved at the last council meeting because of dissatisfaction with the wear course overlay. Brett Grabau, Bonestroo, said that the contractor has agreed to make it right. A revised pay request was approved h .....
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Teske named Emergency Manager of the Year

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - Craig Strand, Regional Program Coordinator of Minnesota Homeland Security, and Brenda Wodele, Regional Representative of Minnesota Homeland Security and Wabasha Emergency Management Director, formally presented Fillmore County Emergency Ma ..... 
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Council rezones part of Rushford downtown

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Rushford - A zoning request approved by both the zoning appeals board and city council has paved the way for expanding the downtown business area for potential business growth around Rushford Foods.

In the aftermath of the 2007 flood in Rush ..... 
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Planning board rejects Moulton zoning change

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston - At their October meeting last Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to deny a request from Dan Moulton of Chatfield Township to have his property re-zoned from agricultural to industrial. The matter will now b ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims budget

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council discussed how to make cuts in their budget for next year at their Tuesday, October 14 meeting. The preliminary budget had an increase of $90,854. The council wanted to see increases limited to $40,000, which would also decre ..... 
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Wall Street comes to Main Street

Fri, Oct 17th, 2008
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - "We've been kicked in the rear twice since we last met!" These were the words of Mike Bubaney of David Drown Associates as he addressed the Spring Valley City Council at their October 13th meeting. The comments were made as Bubaney b ..... 
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Flood damage to dam being studied

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - An evaluation of the damage done to the dam in Lanesboro is being done by Bonestroo Engineering. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman told council members at their Monday, October 6 meeting that in order for the city to get assistance fro ..... 
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POET rain garden approved

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A letter from Richard Eichstadt, General Manager of POET Biorefining, requested that the city of Preston allow POET to plant a rain garden on city property at the council's October 8 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman didn't have an o ..... 
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Board discusses economic support programs

Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the regular meeting of the county commissioners on October 7, Social Service Director Thomas Boyd asked for and received approval for a regional grant plan that would include Fillmore County. Boyd noted that the dollars available for Fi ..... 
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