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Informational signage for Preston discussed


Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Revisiting an old issue about the need for lighting on Preston’s south entrance sign morphed into a discussion about an informational sign to direct visitors downtown during the February 2 meeting of the Preston City Council.

Jim Bakken, Public Works, detailed two possible options to provide lighting for the south entrance sign. He estimated that it would cost $12,000 to $18,000 to build a line to bring power to the sign, suggesting that some easements may have to be purchased. Preston Public Utilities (PPU) would share in the cost up to $3,000.

A second option would be solar lighting which the city did try some years ago. It didn’t last long. However, Bakken explained that the technology has improved. Three large batteries and a larger solar panel should provide five days of light during an overcast period without sun. The lowest quote obtained for equipment and installation of solar lighting was $7,250. Battery replacements would cost $500 to $700 per battery. Bakken didn’t know how long a battery should be expected to last.

Mayor Kurt Reicks questioned the value of installing a light for the entry sign compared to the estimated cost. Councilman Robert Maust maintained the south sign doesn’t direct people downtown, adding it is a lot of money just to put a light up. Reicks suggested it may cost less to erect a new sign where there is access to power and the sign could be placed where it will help direct people to the downtown area. A motion was approved to have tourism, the Chamber of Commerce, and Bakken look into options and the cost of an informational sign for the city.

National Trout Center

Councilmen David Collett and Maust had requested at the last meeting that a discussion item be put on the agenda to discuss whether or not the NTC should be required to provide a financial statement prior to receiving funds in 2015. Collett made a motion to withhold disbursement of funds from the city until the council receives the 2014 financial statement from the NTC and a business plan. He added that the city gives a substantial amount of money to the NTC. Maust seconded the motion.

The NTC is a 501c3 non-profit organization. Reicks argued that the NTC brings a lot of people to this town. Councilman David Harrison insisted more people visit the NTC than go to the swimming pool. Maust said he feels it is a project that needs to be tied to Trout Unlimited or the DNR. Re .....
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Downtown parking an issue for Lanesboro

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Parking in the downtown area has been a problem in Lanesboro for a long time. During the summer months when tourist season is in full swing, many people park downtown and head out on the trail for the day. The bass pond parking lot is a good place f ..... 
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Preston Community Foundation took center stage at PACC annual meeting

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Will Mensink, representing the Preston Area Community Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at the Branding Iron in Preston. Mensink addressed an audience of app ..... 
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Rushford Village to clarify zoning language

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

City of Rushford Village council meetings continue to be swift and no nonsense as the year progresses. At the Tuesday, February 3 meeting, the council tackled just six items, monthly financials, and additional updates and meeting information. A la ..... 
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How to contact your legislators

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Governor Mark Dayton Office of the Governor 116 Veterans Service Bldg. 20 W 12th St. St. Paul, Minn. 55155 (651)201-3400 (800)657-3717 mark.dayton@state.mn.us State Representatives Greg Davids District 28B 283 State Office Bldg. 10 ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Feb. 9, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 9, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 9, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 9, Chatfield City Council, City ..... 
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Rep. Davids bill would provide tax relief for hardworking Minnesotans

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MN – By a vote of 129 to 0, a bill authored by State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) that conforms state tax rates to that of the federal government has been approved in the Minnesota House. “This is a bill that will make liv ..... 
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County moving ahead with airport hangar expansion

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the County Board’s February 3 meeting a contract with Professional Engineering Services, Ltd. was approved for design and construction administration services for hangar expansion at the Fillmore County Airport. County Engineer Ron Gregg said ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses industrial park expansion

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On January 26, the Spring Valley City Council met for a regular meeting; all members were present. After approving minutes and approving January accounts payable, totaling $1,156.060.85. The Council approved the Proposed Single Family Home New C ..... 
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