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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.

The projects grew out of the Town Meeting Initiative, sponsored by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there was some resistance to placing fountains in either of the ponds developed by MnDot. Apparently, a representative of MnDot claimed a fountain would cause too much turbulence in a pond. MnDot now owns the ponds, but is scheduled to turn them over to the city of Preston.

MnDot has threatened to retain title if the city goes forward with installation of an aerator. Council member Steve Knoepke in frustration stated, "Fine, then they can maintain them for the next fifty years." The city would be responsible for maintaining the ponds, cleaning out the collected debris, once title was turned over to city. Hoffman didn't seem to think MnDot's objection would be a problem in the end.

Ron Hanson, representing the Fountain Committee, noted that the total cost of one fountain aerator including cord and colored lights would be about $4,000. He said the city would be expected to store the aerator over the winter and install and maintain it. It was estimated to cost $35 to $40 for power per month. The fountain would be placed in the pond near Preston Service Plus. Hanson suggested that originally the fountain committee hoped to place fountains in both ponds.

Mariella Ter Beest Schladweiler representing the Trout Committee explained their proposal to have a three dimensional sculpture depicting a trout coming out of the water in the pond near the Branding Iron Restaurant. She also detailed a second possibility of a mobile sculpture.

Professor Kelly Herold from Winona State University is helping to coordinate students in the Preston area for a contest for a "trout" drawing. He said that there would be divisions for grade, middle, and high school students, plus adults. The plan is to have the drawings displayed at a fund raiser to be held March 24, 2007, at Eagle Bluff. Winners of each division would be awarded $50. A grand prize of $300 would go to the overall winner.

Joe Hoffman offered to work with both committees to draft a resolution of support for both projects. The council will review them at their next meeting. Council members were generally in support of the projects. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted that a fountain .....
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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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TRW plant closing almost a reality

Fri, Oct 27th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council turned their attention to the looming TRW closing at their regular October 23 council meeting. The official WARN notice was received a week earlier from TRW. In the legally required letter, TRW notified the city that layoff ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Passable Ox Trail Impasse

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mayor Steve Rahn reported on his recent hour-long meeting with the Carrolton Township Board at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 16, telling the council the board was not interested in widening OxTrail unless it met state standards or at le ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Council raises salaries for ambulance crew officers

Fri, Oct 20th, 2006
Posted in Government

Preston - On October 16, the Preston City Council heard from a representative of the ambulance crew regarding increasing the volunteer ambulance officer salaries. During a previous volunteer ambulance meeting, members stated that the last salary rai ..... 
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Commissioners Report: County Board goes with E-85 trucks

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board had a light agenda at its October 10 meeting. Marc Prestby was absent due to jury duty. Last week the board had requested that Highway Engineer John Grindeland look into price comparisons for E-85 compatible pick-ups. Grind ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Perspectives on cycles and deer

Fri, Oct 13th, 2006
Posted in Government

Motorcycles-unwanted, unnecessary noise or the welcome sound of visitors arriving to spend time and money in Rushford? Deer-beautiful "pets" to feed and enjoy or pests that demolish gardens and yards? The Rushford city council spent much of their re ..... 
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