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Preston City Council Report: City to consider joint police operation with Lanesboro


Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz was given the go ahead by the Preston City Council at their Monday, August 18 meeting, to research the feasibility of entering into an arrangement to provide law enforcement coverage for the city of Lanesboro. The city of Lanesboro, which recently let their police chief go after six months on the job, approached Schultz about looking into the matter. (For additional coverage on this matter, see Council explores police options, Page 1).Schultz told the council that there appeared to be two options available: form a joint powers agreement between the two cities, or for Lanesboro to contract with Preston for police coverage.

“We would probably need to add one more officer and adjust the rotation,” Schultz told the council. “Given the budget restraints, I think both cities could benefit.” Preston presently has a two person police force.

Schultz recommended that a committee, made up of himself and a council member from each of the two cities, be formed to research the issue. Mayor Dave Pechulis volunteered to represent the Preston City Council.

Kansas Street Improvements

Joe Palen, an engineer with Boonstroo & Associates, presented a plan to upgrade Kansas Street, which runs northwest from Hwy. 52 toward the elementary school, from a 7 ton to a 9 ton road. This would widen the road to 44 feet, with parking on both sides of the road. Palen said that the upgrade would better accommodate school buses and other heavier vehicles. The project would be tied into the Hwy. 52 upgrade with bids being let in March.

While Palen recommended increasing the tonnage capacity of the road, he suggested the council assess improvements at a 7 ton level ($55 to $60 a lineal foot) in order to keep costs more fair and equitable.

When asked by Mayor Pechulis how the city can justify assessments at this level when Ridge Road and Spring Street were considerably less, Palen said that those two projects had been subsidized by the state.

“These rates will hopefully form a precedent for future projects,” Palen said.

A public hearing has been scheduled for September 2.

TIF Public Hearing

Mike Bubany, of Dave Drown Associates, told the council that there are revenue shortfalls related to two Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Revenue notes being .....
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges  According to court records, the following individuals were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 18:  •Travis Ryan Jonsgaard, 19, Rushford, was charged with felon ..... 
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Planning Commission approves two new subdivisions

Fri, Aug 22nd, 2003
Posted in Features

The Fillmore County Planning Commission approved two new housing subdivisions at its meeting last week, one in Amherst Township and one in Chatfield Township.  The Secluded Land Company, DeSoto, Wisconsin, is developing the A ..... 
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Where does a Twin Cities celebrity go to retire?

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

For Jan Smaby, the answer was obvious: Fillmore County.

"I knew from a young age if I ever got the chance to live in southeastern Minnesota permanently, I would do it," she said.

Smaby retired last year fro ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: OFFSET to help establish setback distances for odor control

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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"This tool is site specific. It will measure setbacks from feedlots to city limits,” stated Feedlot Officer Michael Frauenkron as he briefed county commissioners on Tuesday on new technology used to measure odor and determine setback limits. OFFSET: ..... 
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Commissioners review department budgets

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

The county board, as part of their budget review process, met with a number of department heads on Tuesday.  •Recorder’s Office. Recorder Richard Mensink informed the board that for every document the office updates and files ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Six area men were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 11, with felony criminal damage to property in the first degree stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on March 2, 2003. [Read the Rest]

Ostrander open meeting law challenge goes to court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The first jury trial to take place in the temporary courtroom set up in Chatfield City Hall will concern a suit brought by Mark Schumann, Jim Start and 40 other citizens from Ostrander against former Ostrander mayor Victor Feine and former council me ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Harmony discusses tax-free zone

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority, outlined a new project the state hopes will help fuel the rural areas’ economy called Job Opportunity Building Zone. The intent of the zone is to provide tax breaks to encourage expansion and new business g ..... 
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