The Preston City Council made short shrift of business at their regular meeting on Monday, June 7, completing their affairs in a mere 35 minutes.
The big item of the meeting was a decision by the council to enter into an agreement with Midwest Wireless to construct a telecommunications tower near the water tower in North Preston.
The council agreed to a perpetual easement to Midwest Wireless for a one time lump sum payment of $25,000.
The council chose the one time payment over an alternative offer by Midwest Wireless to pay the city $10,000 every ten years for a period of 60 years.
As part of the agreement, the City of Preston also reserves the right to sell ground space to other communication companies.
The city also agreed to pay half of the construction costs to create an easement to the property from the north in the event that it is necessary to do so. In the meantime, former city attorney David Joerg, who sold the land to the city in the first place, agreed to allow Midwest Wireless to cross his land to access the site.
“They can use it as long as I don’t need it or sell it,” Joerg told the council.
Midwest Wireless is expected to put in place a portable tower on the site until the new tower can be built. The self-supporting steel tower is expected to be 180 feet tall and carry a 1/2 ton of equipment, that includes microwave dishes, antennas and cable equipment.
The council tabled any action on a request by Roger Dyreson to trade six feet of alley space for six feet the city would vacate along River Street.
The delay was mainly due to the fact that Dyreson was asking for 23 feet of space on Tuesday rather than the original six. Dyreson’s land abuts the Preston City Trail, which is intended to be sold in the future to the DNR. As such, the trail right of way must be a minimum of 25 feet from each side of the the centerline of the trail. Because the vacated road is 66 feet wide, and with 50 feet needed for the trail, that would only leave eight feet on each side of the trail for the land swap.
“If it goes beyond eight feet, we need to make sure it doesn’t impact on the trail,” City Attorney Steve Corson said.
Mert Schlick, whose son owns land adjacent to Dyreson, said that they .....[Read the Rest]