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Attwood - Letter to the Editor


Fri, Nov 21st, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

Mr. Scheevel’s letter to the editor on 11/17/03 proclaims that the world’s largest tire incinerator (Haeartland) would pay “a large amount of taxes to our city and also having a payroll in excess of 1 million dollars a year to circulate in our economy.”

At one City Council meeting, it was predicted that this plant would generate approximately $43,000 a year to the city of Preston. That is $30 per capita. Let’s see…$43,000 covers a bit more than half of Mr. Nagle’s salary in his combined positions of City Administrator, Zoning Administrator, and Public Utilities Manager. Wow….that’ll be a bonus for Preston, don’t you think?

Now let’s look at the real money that this plant would cost for every resident in the State of Minnesota.

Why will Heartland be a losing proposition? The mortgage for this $50,000,000 facility will average $8,400,000 a year. Payroll is projected to be $1,300,000 a year. Most of the labor force will be low paying, unskilled jobs. Maintenance and operation costs would average $2,000,000 a year. Freight and handling to ship in all those tires and limestone, and to ship out the ash (if it’s really going to go anywhere…Mr Maust doesn’t claim to have a contract in hand with anyone willing to take it) would cost $2,400,000 a year. These cost and outlays alone total more than $13,000,000 each year.

As income, the facility would receive: $80/ton tipping fees (this is a generous estimate) equaling $8,200,000 a year. $0.025 kw for electricity rate totalling $3,600,000 a year. Sale of steel $300,000 a year. At these projections, the facility would operate at a loss of approximately $3,000,000 each year.

A history of similar processes and facilities: No known tires-to-energy facility anywhere in the past three decades has ever been economically successful. Many failed to operate within the first 3 months. The Ford Heights, IL, plant, which Robert Maust was involved with, and I’ve been told was the resident manager of, filed for its first bankruptcy twelve days after beginning operation. The few facilities that did stumble along for years only did so because of very expensive outside subsidies. These subsidies include: Direct cash grants, often an annual lump payments from the State legislature.

In Minnesota, one of these cash grants were put in place in the 2001 legislative .....
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Trent - Letter to the editor

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland  I am at a loss as to why anyone in this town would even consider opening a tire-burning plant when Preston has so much potential we haven’t even begun to tap into. Instead of allowing in a business tha ..... 
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Scheevel - Letter to the editor

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

Attention Preston voters! We are holding a special election on Jan. 15, 2004 for the purpose of electing a city council member to finish the term of the late Mike Gartner. Through a quirk in our system the ..... 
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Roessler - Letter to the editor

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Preston

A previous writer in this forum challenged citizens to “stand up and take our town back before it’s too late.” Too late for what? The town of Preston and the surrounding area are not up for grabs, and they a ..... 
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Conway - Letter to the editor

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

I have recently moved back to the roots of my Norwegian Heritage. I spent glorious days as a child on my grandparents farm. I embraced this love of the land.

I previously lived on La ..... 
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Birkeland - Letter to the editor

Fri, Nov 14th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland  The Heartland tire burning plant is a large -scale project that will have far ranging effects if it is built. This is not just a Preston issue. Many of us living in nearby communities feel we have had ..... 
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Szuch - Letter To the Editor

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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Letter about Preston politics

Dear Preston,

What happened to us? The city of Preston used to be the friendliest town I had ever lived in. People CARED about one another. Now we are faced with a divisivenes ..... 
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Runningen - Letter to the editor

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland

To answer Robert L Sauer’s comments as of October 30th. He said there is a lot of misinformation circulating in town. He hit the nail on the head. There are two on the City Council that are against the Hea ..... 
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Hampel - Letter to the editor

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Letter to the Editor

Letter about Heartland and Mayor Pechulis

I’ve been reading all these letters to the editor complaints and to be quite honest, it makes me sick!

Everywhere I go, I hear people complaining about this patheti ..... 
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