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Preston considers State Building Code


Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Preston City Council members had an opportunity to learn more about the advantages or disadvantages of adopting the State Building Code at their August 6 meeting. Jay Kruger of Construction Management Services of Rochester briefed the council on the code and inspections and answered member questions.

Kruger explained that the code would generally apply to new construction only or a new addition to an existing structure. Remodeling of existing homes would be exempt. It would not apply to small garden sheds or low unattached decks. He has four inspectors in his office and they inspect on 24 hour notice. Mayor Kurt Reicks was concerned about "do it yourselfers" that work on a weekend project. Kruger noted that some planning to have, for example, footings for a deck inspected prior to a weekend job would be prudent. Kruger suggested an effort is made to accommodate weekend "do it yourselfers."

Mr. Kruger disagrees with the concern that the code increases the cost of a project. Any licensed contractor is bound by the code. His inspectors work strictly by the hour. Financial institutions are assured by the inspections when offering a loan. His people also try to educate the public out in the field. He added that a homeowner can do any of the building work themselves except for connecting their electrical service.

Council member Robert Sauer suggested that there are three common objections to the code including cost, time delays, and the fact the code represents a 'minimal standard.' Kruger insisted that the code will level the playing field as some contractors exceed the standard, some meet the standard, and others fail to meet the standard. Sauer emphasized that the city cannot pick or choose parts of the code, but must take the whole code. Kruger noted, however, that a city may choose to add to the code to cover swimming pools and hot tubs, for example.

Council members agreed to table the issue until Tuesday, September 4.

Forestville Trail

Council member Sauer has been meeting property owners Vern Ristau and John Snyder in an effort to complete a plan for the trail from Preston to Forestville Park. They have met several times over the past five months. A six month period was offered by the council in February as a time period to work out something with the land owners to avoid the imposition of eminent domain to acquire the land needed for a trail.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Environmental issues spotlighted

Fri, Aug 10th, 2007
Posted in Government

Ironically, the strong essence of gym floor sealer pervaded and polluted the council chamber's air supply as the Lanesboro City council spent much of its Monday, August 6 meeting dealing with other possible pollution issues.

First Robert Tho ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Council authorizes study of Hudson Avenue project

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

Spring Valley - After a tour of the Spring Valley Library, the Waste Water Treatment Plant, Streets and Ambulance Station, the City Council took action on a couple of items at their July 23 meeting.

First of all, the Hudson Avenue Project ha ..... 
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Rushford's $1.5 million water treatment plant moves forward

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Bill Chang of BDM Consulting Engineers, using a PowerPoint presentation, reported to the Rushford City Council at the July 23 meeting, on the water treatment plant design and financing status. The water treatment plant will be attached to ..... 
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Fillmore County Board approves new ID system

Fri, Jul 27th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Three department heads lobbied the county board asking them to invest in new equipment for printing more secure ID cards for county employees at their July 24 meeting. Deborah Teske, Veteran Services/Emergency Management, explained the adv ..... 
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Zoning Commission approves variance and CUP

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On Thursday, July 19th the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission voted Jim Keune as the Board Chair and Steve Duxbury as Vice Chair for the coming year.

Gun Shop Variance

Bill McBride of Kava Road, Preston asked the ..... 
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Lanesboro gets $10,000 settlement on A Prairie Home Companion

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

The city's hosting of A Prairie Home Companion show in June turned a tidy profit over $10,000, due mainly from a claim filed against the rain insurance policy the city took out to safeguard the financial success of the event.

Lanesboro Chamb ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Country Hearth Inn TIF bond extended until 2025

Fri, Jul 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

Dan Christianson from F&M Community Bank in Preston asked the City Council to "share the pain" at their regular meeting July 16 in regards to the recent Country Hearth Inn TIF District (Tax Increment Financing) changes.

Christianson explain ..... 
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County EDA recommends HRA levy initiative

Fri, Jul 13th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Chris Gastner of the Fillmore County Economic Development Authority (EDA), advised the county board at their July 10 meeting that the EDA recommends that Fillmore County go ahead with a request from the Bluff County Housing and Rehabilitat ..... 
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