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Preston City Council Report: Bonding, street improvements and travel expenses


Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
Posted in Features

A busy agenda engaged the council for all of three hours with Mayor Pro-temp Mike Gartner conducting the meeting in the absence of Mayor David Pechulis.

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates laid out his recommendations for selling bonds in the amount of $1,265,000. The bonds which would be general obligation improvement or utility revenue bonds would be used to fund the City's portion of reconstruction costs for Spring Avenue, Ridge Road and Pleasant Street sewer improvements and the water and storm improvements associated with those projects.

Bubany suggested a fifteen year bond callable in 2011 should the city want to accelerate payments. The first payment on the bonds would be due February of 2004. This payment would be covered by utility revenues. Annual payments will come from revenue obtained from special assessments, tax levies, and water, sanitary sewer and stormwater fees. Because of the size of the bond, Bubany recommended a competitive sale which has extra costs but which could be more than offset by lower interest rates. He recommended that the bonds get a Moodys rating to lower interest rates as much as .25%. The council approved the general bidding of the bonds.

Feasibility Study for Kansas Street Improvements

Joe Palen of Bonestroo Associates presented a report on the proposed Highway 52 street and utility improvements to Kansas Street between Spring Avenue and Washington Street. The estimated cost for the City's portion would be about $580,000. He asked for a resolution to be adopted which recognized his report and set a date for a public hearing. City attorney David Joerg asked to meet with Palen to draw up the resolution for the next council meeting. Palen suggested that assessments would need to be made on 650 feet of frontage on Kansas Street which would be $50 per lineal foot or more. The state needs all plans completed by November. Kansas Street would be widened to accommodate parallel parking on both sides and made into a nine ton road as opposed to a normal seven ton road for heavy traffic.

Policy for Travel Expenses

Mike Gartner read a statement pertaining to his beliefs as to elected officials responsibilities and duties placed on them by the trust of the voting public. He explained that when he was first appointed to the council many years ago he was told that he must always keep in mind two dis .....
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Rushford Council chooses cemetery road for generator site

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council held a special meeting Monday night, July 7th to continue discussion of site selection for the city’s planned back-up generator. At their June 23rd meeting the council felt the issue deserved a special meeting because of all ..... 
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Committee will present final report on Preston Recreational Facility on July 21

Fri, Jul 11th, 2003
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The Steering Committee for the proposed Root River Recreational Facility in Preston will make their final report to the Preston City Council at their July 21 meeting.   The committee has been looking into the feasibility of b ..... 
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County Poor Farm served the needy in years gone by

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Before the days of nursing homes and the welfare system, counties in Minnesota used county farms, more commonly known as “poor farms”, to take care of the elderly and down trodden. Located near Henrytown on the Amherst, Canton township line, Fillmore ..... 
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Friendship Wagon Train raises over $36,000 for Camp Winnebago

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Rains kissed our cheeks, winds echoed our enthusiasm, the sun’s rays warmed sullen times . . .

As individuals, our lives are but fleeting images through destiny’s doors. But, uniting as a family to help others, we have been mold ..... 
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Extension and 4-H leaders concerned over program’s status

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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"We push 4-H because it touches almost 500 kids,” stated Judy Frank, Fillmore County Extension Committee chairperson. Frank, County Extension Director Jerry Tesmer, and Luann Hinike of the SE District Extension Office, came before the commissioners a ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Warrants issued for ATV thefts in Rushford

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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Warrants for the arrest of three men wanted in connection with the theft of ATV’s and other vehicles in five states were issued in Fillmore County District Court on June 27.

Juan Carlo Sanchez, 47; Abel Carcasco Zamora, 51; and ..... 
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Cooperation and discussion mark Northcountry meeting

Thu, Jul 3rd, 2003
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On Monday, June 30, about twenty residents of Lanesboro came to the Community Center to hear and ask more about the plans of Northcounty to develop the old Lanesboro Elementary School as a housing cooperative. Margaret Lund, executive director of Nor ..... 
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SEMEP files suit against MPCA over Heartland

Fri, Jun 27th, 2003
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Papers were filed in District Court on Wednesday, June 25 by attorneys for Southeastern Minnesotans for Environmental Protection (SEMEP) suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) for its decision on Februrary 25, 2003 not to require an Envi ..... 
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