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Cost estimates for Dairy and Farm reuse


Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Preston city council members dicussed funding sources to pay expenses associated with the potential purchase and renovation of the Dairy and Farm property at their February 1 meeting. Plans are being made to renovate the 50- by 90-foot building to house Tourism, Preston Historical Society, and the National Trout Center.

The purchase price for all of the property remains at $100,000 which could be paid with 10 equal annual payments. A purchase agreement will not be entered into until after possible environmental issues are resolved. Other structures on the property are not included in the renovation plans at this time. If the Dairy and Farm property is purchased, it will be owned by the city.

City administrator Joe Hoffman reported that construction costs for the building’s renovation are estimated to total $217,619. Other expenses including the aquarium and furnishings are estimated to be $50,000.

Mayor Kurt Reicks made it clear that he wasn’t against the project, but he wanted to know how the city will pay for construction costs. Councilman Robert Maust explained that the furnishings will be the responsibility of each of the three organizations. He estimated that Tourism could provide $5,000 per year, the Historical Society $10,000 per year, and the NTC $15,000 per year to help the city pay for construction costs.

Reicks noted that part of the contributions from the three organizations each year will go toward operating costs, only a portion toward construction costs. He asked where the up front money will come from. Maust argued that it will have to come out of the General Fund. There was some discussion about how this could affect budgeted items.

Hoffman maintained they will have to get a commitment from each of the three organizations as to the amount they can commit to each year. Next they will have to put together a budget recognizing that which will not be covered by the commitments.

Discussion of Ordinance 152.04, Manufactured Home Park Specifications

In 2013, Kerry Soiney brought a complaint to the city council. He wanted Chapter 152 of the city’s ordinance enforced. Specifically, he referred to this language: “there shall be a green belt, 15 feet in width, of plantings around the periphery of the manufactured home park that adjoins any residential zones, to effectively screen the interior of the manufactured park.” Soiney suggested that e .....
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Snow postpones meeting with legislators

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in All Government

The February 2 meeting of the Fillmore County board was shortened due to the winter storm. Rep. Gregg Davids and Senator Jeremy Miller were scheduled to meet with the board to hear the county’s legislative priorities for the upcoming session. This ..... 
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National American Legion Commander to visit Preston

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in All Government

If you are a member of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, or Sons of American Legion, you will want mark your calendar for noon on Thursday, February 4, 2016. On this special day, National American Legion Commander Dale Barnett and St ..... 
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County ordinance amendments discussed

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in All Government

The Fillmore County planning commission met for the first time in 2016 on January 21. Zoning administrator Cristal Adkins opened the meeting with a run down of the rules of order. She noted that she and Duane Bakke had attended a training session on ..... 
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Northern long-eared bat complicates County Highway plans

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in All Government

At the January 26 Fillmore County Board meeting, County Engineer Ron Gregg discussed a new complication for the upcoming CSAH 1 project, due to the listing of the northern long-eared bat as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. White-nosed ..... 
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What swimming facility will Chatfield residents want?

Mon, Feb 1st, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the Chatfield City Council’s January 25 meeting, the city’s swimming pool and its future was again discussed. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. Burbach Aquatics, Inc. has done an analysis on the current pool. They have determined that the ..... 
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Plan details for Dairy and Farm reuse

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Councilman Robert Maust updated the Preston City Council at their January 19 meeting, offering more detailed plans for use of the former Dairy and Farm building. If the city purchases and renovates the building, it will house the Historical Society, ..... 
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Rushford Village preps for new year

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The brief Tuesday, January 5 Rushford Village Council meeting highlighted assignments, designations, and other annual housekeeping for the city. Councilor Dennis Overland was once again nominated and approved as mayor pro tem, acting in place of M ..... 
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Fountain Council sets designations for 2016

Mon, Jan 18th, 2016
Posted in Fountain Government

The city council of Fountain, Minn. met for a regularly scheduled meeting on January 7, 2016 in the city hall. All council members were present. Designations for 2016 were approved as follows: Official Bank - First State Bank of Fountain, Officia ..... 
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