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Preston City Council Report: Community access channel improvements sought


Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met December 18 for their final meeting of the year. Mark Vander Plas made a request that equipment be installed on the city's cable access channel to provide video capabilities. He said that this would allow videos of ball games, plays, church services, etc. to be viewed by 'shut-ins'. He noted that other communities in the area have the capability.

Vander Plas explained a couple of different methods of achieving the capability. City Administrator Joe Hoffman agreed to look into the options and costs. He suggested that if the city were to go ahead with the upgrade, it would be preferable to find someone local with a media background to help with the videos and keep it running.

Historical Elevator

Richard Petsch explained the complicated process of paying for renovations on the elevator. The state reimburses 50% of the costs, but it takes 60 to 90 days to accomplish this. During this time period, the Historical Society needs help to tide it over. Petsch said that he was just requesting an advance, since it wasn't really a loan. The council agreed to issue an advance of $16,500 with the condition that the city would be listed as a co-payee on the state's reimbursement checks. Joe Hoffman noted that the city owns and insures the elevator and that it is an asset of the city.

Other Business

• Joe Hoffman asked the council to consider the purchase of a new computer server. The current piece of equipment is six years old. He said that the server would cost about $3,000 and that the cost would be split with the Utility Department, which has already approved the purchase. The purchase was approved as were the services of Bluff Country Computer Works of Harmony for installation and configuration of the new server.

• The Preston Public Employees Association (PPEA) requested that the council reconsider the 3% COLA increase that was passed on December 4. Council members were frustrated at that meeting because of the issue coming up on the agenda more than once without any members of the union showing up for discussion. Several union members were present at this meeting and they suggested that they had communicated their wishes through several letters. They were requesting a 3.7% increase to get "a little bit ahead with fuel and heating costs." They apologized for any inconvenience the council may have experienced.

Mayor Kurt Reicks insisted that the council has tried to be fair an .....
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Commissioners Report: Townships seek clarification on zoning

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

Two township board members questioned the county commissioners to help clarify the county's position on zoning applications at the December 19 County Board meeting. Lyle Greenlee of Jordan Township and Randy Ness of Sumner Township emphasized that t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Police protection - satisfactory?

Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

Hal Cropp addressed the Lanesboro city council at their regular meeting December 18, relating the concerns of the Chamber of Commerce on their perception of police presence in the downtown area during bar closing time (between 12:20 a.m. until closi ..... 
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Zoning office wants to treat all building permits the same

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed a letter sent to townships from his office at the December 12 County Board meeting. Commissioners were disappointed that Craig had sent the letter before discussing the issue with ..... 
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County may do contract legal work

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Attorney Brett Corson, who was recently re-elected, will now serve in a full time position. Up to now the attorney position has been part time (.8 FTE). On Tuesday, Fillmore County Board members set his salary at $79,825. The amount ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Harry Street project finished

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

After noting Blitz Construction had finished with the water main and houses were to be connected in the coming week, the Rushford City Council discussed how to encourage citizens with private wells on Harry Street to hook-up to city water at their r ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council approves loan for new restaurant

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, December 12, Miles Petree and Lisa Miller petitioned the Harmony City Council to approve a revolving loan for a future restaurant business. The loan will be for $25,000 at 4% interest over a 7 year period to help establish a ne ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Administrator gets glowing review

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Seasoned city council member Rob Norby enthusiastically declared, "I've dealt with four different administrators and Bobbie is by far the best!" at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting December 4. The council members had individually evaluated ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: MnDot rep offers advice

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Craig Lenz from MnDot addressed the Preston City Council at their December 5 meeting emphasizing his desire to counsel citizens planning beautification projects for the ponds. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Lenz repeated numerous times his r ..... 
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