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Preston City Council Report: Water Park plan goes to committee


Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

Carlisle Corson presented his plan for a Water Park and Resort at the Monday, August 2, Preston City Council meeting. He explained that his plan essentially only changes the location of the earlier proposed Recreational Center that would have been attached to the Fillmore Central Middle School. He proposed that the Corsons would donate the land for the water park and rec center. The Corsons would borrow $1.5 million and build the water park and lease it back to the city. He suggested the City would need to raise the money necessary for a recreational center and make payments on the $1.5 million loan. The payments are estimated to be about $110,000.00 per year. The water park would be managed by the City or the Corsons could manage it with the City covering any operating loss. The City would also be responsible for providing an area for parking.

Mr. Corson stressed that Preston needs businesses desperately and that this project would aid in the revitalization of the downtown area. He noted that if the council wasnt interested in pursuing the project it would end tonight.

Richard Nelson suggested that Mr. Corson present his plan to the CIA at the Town Meeting which would meet the next evening. The group also is discussing ways to create businesses in Preston. Corson agreed that he would like to speak to the group.

Mary Fisher, a resident near the proposed site, expressed her concern about parking for the water park.

Council member Steve Knoepke obviously felt that Mr. Corsons assessment that the only real change from the planned Rec Center was location was not entirely accurate. Knoepke explained how the steering committee for the Rec Center had hoped to enhance the school district. The Rec Center was projected to be a $4.5 million project with a projected $3 million to be raised by private donations, leaving the City with $1.5 million. Knoepke emphasized that he was not saying Corsons proposal was bad, just that there were significant changes.

Knoepke said that the Corson project was a little spooky from the Citys point of view because at this point we dont know exactly what we are getting into. Corson insisted the plans were not set in stone and that they wanted the Citys involvement in the planning.

David Joerg suggested that the existing businesses like the hotel that already had a pool and spa would be direc .....
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Detachment and rural districting discussed

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Jeff Hebl, a Zenith Street neighbor, brought his concerns about the recent Jim Wagner detachment petition to the Lanesboro City Council meeting Monday, August 2. Hebl reminded the council that the Wagner property was in the city limits when it was pu ..... 
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Two Whalan girls work for a cure

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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Emma McGrath sits in the hot sun along side the Root River Trail giving lemonade, brownies and cookies to bicyclists traveling along the bike trail. In return for this kindness, Emma asks each biker to make a donation to her favorite charity - the Am ..... 
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Preston gathers for a Town Meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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This is not a debate, but a public discussion - the purpose is not to win an argument, but to hear many points of view, and explore multiple options and points of view.  a handout at the Preston Town Meeting.

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Commissioners' Report: Budget talks and permits dominate board meeting

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The Fillmore County Board spent the bulk of their Tuesday, August 3 meeting holding preliminary discussions regarding the 2005 budget.

Departments have been asked to factor in possible increases of 20% for insurance and a cost ..... 
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Mosquito-related illnesses strike area

Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
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The increased rainfall this spring and summer has provided great areas for mosquitoes to breed in abundance. Mosquitoes have no real health benefit and are commonly responsible for such diseases as La Crosse Encephalitis, West Nile Fever, Malaria, an ..... 
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Citizens speak out on Heartland at county input session

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Citizens Input never got more popular. Held the last Tuesday of each month to allow citizens to raise issues, the July 27 Fillmore County Board meeting attracted more than 40 people voicing their support or opposition to the proposed Heartl ..... 
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Rabies outbreak in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - The veterinarians at Root River Veterinary Center in Preston have seen a dramatic increase in the number of diagnosed cases of rabies. They have confirmed four cases of rabies during the month of July. The infected animals were a skunk, two ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council investigates power supply options

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - Brian Krambeer, CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, was the first to address the Rushford City Council at their regular July 26th council meeting as the council explored options for electric utility memberships with Tri-County and UMMP ..... 
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