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2014, a busy year in Preston


Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Government



The Preston city council at their December 15 meeting, the last in 2014, concluded its business for the year. City administrator Joe Hoffman maintained that this has been a very busy year with a number of different projects. The largest of these being the 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Project and the North Industrial Park.

The council approved the tax levy for 2015, a total of $758,006 which is a 6.94 percent increase. About 5 percent of the increase will service bond payments for the 2014 Street and Utility Improvements.

Preston Stream

Rehabilitation Project

Jeff Broberg, National Trout Center director, explained that the process to get funding for this project has been ongoing for a couple of years. The NTC worked with Trout Unlimited and submitted a proposal in the spring of 2014. Recently, a $400,000 grant was awarded by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (money from the three-eights cent sales tax) for the rehabilitation of the South Branch of the Root River within the Preston city limits.

The Minnesota legislature has to approve the entire $1 million package which includes this grant. The grant funds will go to the DNR and Trout Unlimited will manage the design and construction of the rehabilitation project. Assuming it is approved, the money will be available in July of 2015 and the project is expected to take a couple of years to complete. This is one of five streams that is recommended for complete funding. Six access points are to be added, three of which will be handicapped accessible. Besides improving access the project will improve the habitat for trout. Large rocks will be used to direct the flow of the stream and also provide holes where trout can hide.

Other business in brief

•The consolidation of three lots in the Golfview Estates 2nd Addition was approved as recommended by Planning and Zoning. Owners Andy and Karen Bahl requested the consolidation. Seven lots went up for public auction earlier this year, including these three lots, because of tax forfeiture. The couple plans to build a home and a detached garage.

•A request from the Police Department to purchase a Glock 23 handgun, a X-26 Taser and Taser accessories was approved. The purchases are expected to cost a total of less than $2,000 and will be paid for with forfeiture funds.

•Terms of an agreement for 2015-2017 between the .....
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Canton rolls out garbage totes

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Canton Government

A new plan for waste removal in Canton was discussed and approved at the December 10 meeting of the Canton city council. Mayor Donivee Johnson reported that Richards Sanitation is willing to pick up recycling for $3.00 per month and to allow the ..... 
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County outlines priorities to legislators

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in All Government

State Senator Jeremy Miller and Representative Greg Davids listened to and asked questions related to the legislative priorities of department heads and county commissioners at the board’s December 16 meeting. The discussion of a variety of issu ..... 
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Rushford considers rate changes

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

A work session regarding proposed changes to water and sewer rate changes was held prior to the Monday, December 8 council meeting with Bill Chang and Mark Lundgren of MSA Professional Services. The rates modification seeks to address operating ne ..... 
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Chatfield reduces 2015 proposed levy increase

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

Two public hearings were held at Chatfield’s December 8 meeting. The first was an assessment hearing on the 2014 Street and Utility Improvement Projects. The last, was the city’s Truth In Taxation hearing. Properties along Bench Street had i ..... 
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Peterson looks at nuisance abatement

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Peterson Government

The city of Peterson has spent more than a year, in some cases, trying to find a remedy to properties that are deemed in violation of the nuisance ordinance. The properties in question, 10 originally, were in violation according to the city, with ..... 
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Mabel to receive new squad car and street lights

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Government

The Mabel city council met on December 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. All council members were present. Deputy Dan Dornink attended the meeting to discuss the purchase of a new squad car for the Mabel City Police Department. He acquired bids from Ford, Chev ..... 
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Whalan council approves 2015 tax levy at December 8 Meeting

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

The Whalan city council voted at its December 8, 2014 meeting to approve the town’s 2015 tax levy increase at 2 percent, as previously discussed at its October council meeting. By law, that proposed tax could have been adjusted downward by the c ..... 
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Houston discusses townships paying their fair share

By Angie Rodenburg

Mon, Dec 15th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston city council held their monthly meeting on December 8. While the meeting was shorter than usual, the council was able to take care of some important matters. The council adopted the final city budget and tax levy for 2015. The total le ..... 
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