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Preston City Council Report: Impound fees established


Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz explained the need for a vehicle impound fee for the city at the November 20 Preston City Council meeting. The city will have a reasonably secure impound lot to be located behind the city shop. Schultz asked the council to establish a daily rate that would encourage people not to use the lot as a storage lot for a vehicle. He suggested $15 per day.

Vehicles that are parked on streets interfering with snow removal can be towed and impounded. Schultz said that the owner will be contacted and notified of the impound. He suggested a one time $10 administrative fee plus the daily impound fee. The first day would then cost the owner $25. Schultz didn't expect that there would be any more than ten to twelve cars in the lot at a time.

The possibility of a vehicle being forfeited was discussed. Schultz didn't expect it to be a problem, but expected that after an extended period of time that it could be a possibility. City Administrator Joe Hoffman suggested that the council set the fee rate and at a later date he would bring back to the council for its consideration a draft ordinance to cover the issue. City Attorney Steve Corson expected that once the city impounds a vehicle, it would have some limited liability for the vehicle.

The daily fee was set at $15 and the one time administrative fee was set at $10.

Other Business

• The council passed a resolution in support of the Fountain and Trout Committees and their proposals for pond beautification. The Fountain Committee proposes putting an aerator fountain in the pond next to Preston Service Plus. The Trout Committee has offered plans to develop a 3-D sculpture of a trout to be placed in the pond near the Branding Iron Restaurant. MnDot which currently owns the ponds and is expected to turn them over to the city had shown resistance to the idea of the fountain suggesting that state law prohibits that and the PCA could impose a fine. Hoffman through e-mail correspondence with Todd Smith, PCA, was given assurances that no regulation exists banning fountains in stormwater ponds. Smith suggested that the fountain may even be helpful "by providing dissolved oxygen and mosquito control."

• Liquor license renewals were approved for seven Preston businesses for 2007. Police Chief Matt Schultz assured the council that all the businesses checked out OK on a background check for law violations.

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Grindeland calls for townships to classify roads correctly

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland expressed his dissatisfaction to the commissioners at their November 14 meeting about inappropriate classification by townships of township roads. Grindeland sent a letter to each of the township supervisors ..... 
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Planning Commission reviews ordinances

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On November 16 the Fillmore County Planning Commission met to review the county's Ag District ordinances and develop a plan to review and update the other county ordinances. Norman Craig, Zoning Administrator, reported that the current cou ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council discusses utility rate increases

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council reviewed utility rate increases at their November 14 meeting. The city's utility committee recommended increasing the water, sewer and garbage fund to keep up with costs and debt. These increases will be around 8% for an ave ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Focus on CGMC Fall conference

Fri, Nov 17th, 2006
Posted in Government

City Administrator Windy Block and Mayor Les Ladewig enthusiastically reported on their recent experiences at the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities Fall conference during the regular Rushford City Council meeting November 13. Block shared the pri ..... 
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Preston council discusses pond beautification plans

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members listened to presentations from members of the Trout/Fountain Committees at their November 6 meeting.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Sales barn noise complaint

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

According to Jeff Johnson, he can't get rest at his own house because of the noise emitting from the nearby sales barn. Johnson told the Lanesboro City Council at their November 8th regular meeting that he's tried covering his windows with Styrofoam ..... 
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County Board approves social services contracts for 2007

Fri, Nov 10th, 2006
Posted in Government

It took the Fillmore County Board 55 minutes to go through a relatively short list of agenda items during their November 7, 2006 meeting. The main point of business was the approval of 2007 Social Services contracts as presented by Director Tom Boyd ..... 
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County approves tax forfeiture list

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A revised list of parcels to be offered for sale at auction was approved at the October 24 county board meeting. Rushford City Parcel #06.0612.000 was removed from the list. Shirl Boelter from the auditor/treasurer's office explained that ..... 
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