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Preston City Council Report: Council approves easement for Midwest Wireless tower


Fri, Jun 11th, 2004
Posted in Features

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.

Land Swap

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.

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Need to de-clutter? It’s time for a garage sale!

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - The weather this past month hasn’t cooperated much in its usual role as harbinger of spring. But it’s a sure sign that summer and warmer days are on the way when garage sale signs start popping up around town every weekend.

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City of Preston and Mausts reach out-of-court settlement

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The city of Preston and Bob and Elaine Maust of Heartland Energy & Recycling have reached a settlement that would dismiss any litigation pending against the city. In return, the city agrees to assist Heartland enroll in the state JOBZ pro ..... 
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City of Lanesboro named in arson-related suits

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Former Chief of Police John Tuchek and the city of Lanesboro have been named in four suits filed in Fillmore County District Court that are related to the April 2002 arson fire in downtown Lanesboro.

Tuchek was found guilty of s ..... 
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County Board sets public hearing for proposed Tax Abatement policy

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Mark Thein, who jointly serves as Fillmore County and Harmony Economic Develop-ment Authority (EDA) coordinator, Mike Bubany, of David Drown & Associates, and Jerome Illg, Harmony City Administrator, readdressed a proposed county tax abatement policy ..... 
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Hinckley Holsteins

Fri, Jun 4th, 2004
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Not everyone can tell you the first day they started their current occupation, but Marlys Hinckley can. She can tell you that April 25, 1981 is the day that she and her husband, Dale, began their farming career together. They’ve never looked back. [Read the Rest]

Practice makes perfect

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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FORESTVILLE - Lucy strains at her leash, as she is eager to begin work. She has been waiting in her cage for a couple of hours. The waiting is routine for Lucy. Her handler, Marie Christianson, tries to calm the seven year old Golden Retriever as the ..... 
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Scenic tractor drive set for June 13

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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SPRING VALLEY - A long time interest in restoring vintage tractors has helped to bring about the first Fillmore County Scenic Tractor Drive.

Glen Van Grevenhof, a township employee, Joe Bezdicek, a retired Kingsland Ag instruct ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Phase one approved for well number 5

Fri, May 28th, 2004
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“We gotta lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!” exclaimed Rushford city council member Ron Mireau as he urged action on proceeding with the well no. 5 project at the regular Rushford City Council meeting on May 24th. The proposed booster pum ..... 
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