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Boysen - Letter to the Editor


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

Letter about Preston utility and street improvement projects

This letter is in regard to the costs and funding for the two CSAH 17 Utility and Street Improvement Projects underway in Preston. I apologize in advance to the Ridge Road project property owners as this analysis is not favorable to them.

The Preston City Council has stated repeatedly that these are two separate projects. They were assessed separately, at two significantly different rates. The two projects were bid separately and they were completed by two separate construction companies. Yet they were bonded together. Seems curious, doesnt it?

Well, let us examine the financials on these two projects. First, lets look at the performance of actual cost versus estimate. In May, the Spring Street project was originally estimated to cost the property owners and the city a total of $614,858.83 ($136,693.75 Assessed + $478,165.08 City-Borne). In November, the actual costs total $663,149.17 ($154,833.02 Assessed + $508,316.15 City-Borne), for a cost overrun of 7.85%. Not bad.

The Ridge Road project was originally estimated to cost the property owners and the city a total of $317,928.26 ($57,032.31 Assessed + $260,895.95 City-Borne); the actual costs total $483,594.89 ($70,988.91 Assessed + $412,605.98 City-Borne), for a cost overrun of 52.11%. Yikes! Please check my arithmetic but I think that it is correct, the Spring Street project is over budget by 7.85% and the Ridge Road project is over budget by 52.11%. Good idea on the two separate projects! Who was managing that contractor?

(As a side note, neither contractor finished their project on time, thereby also breaking the second cardinal rule of project management: 1. under budget, 2. on time. They were scheduled to be done by November and now they will not even be close to done until well into spring, more likely summer. Why would there even be a question about going after them for the performance penalty?)

Now lets look at the assessments and the bonding. Although the projects were separate, they were bonded together. Lets assume for a minute that they had been bonded separately (they were separate projects, after all). The Spring Street project is being assessed $154,833.02, which allows the city to bond for five times that amount, or $774,165.10. Together, that totals $928,998.12 from which to pay for the Sp .....
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Attwood - Letter to the Editor

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

Letter about Heartland

Mr. Scheevels letter to the editor on 11/17/03 proclaims that the worlds largest tire incinerator (Haeartland) would pay a large amount of taxes to our city and also having a payroll in excess of 1 mill ..... 
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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 havent 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 its 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
Posted in Letter to the Editor

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 Sauers 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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