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Preston wraps up details for North Industrial Park


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council worked through an unusually long agenda at their July 21 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

A public hearing was held related to the proposed utility improvements for the North Industrial Park. Brett Grabau, Stantec, explained that a 10 inch water main and 8 inch sanitary sewer are to be extended to serve properties north of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52. These services will include the installation of fire hydrants. The improvements will also be extended to the proposed commercial lots south of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52.

Assessments at the rate of approximately 27.4 percent of the cost are expected for those property owners of parcels north of Highway 16. Due to these proposed assessments, a public hearing was required. There were no comments from the public.

The total estimated cost of the utility improvements north of Highway 16 is $283,221. The Utility Commission (city) is to cover about $14,000 because of an oversized utility for future expansion. The DEED funding will pay $140,000. The remaining $129,117 is to be split three ways between estimated assessments to Preston Dairy and Farm ($38,735) and Gehling ($38,735) and the balance to the Utility Commission ($51,647).

The council unanimously adopted three resolutions including the order for the utility improvements and for a preparation of plans and specs (completed), the approval of the plans and the advertisement for bids for the North Industrial utility improvements, and a document which reserves the right for the city to reimburse itself with bond proceeds. City Administrator Joe Hoffman expects they will have either a 10 or 15-year bond which will also be the time period allowed for the assessments to be paid.

Purchase of Land

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann noted that the EDA has had an option agreement with Bob Doherty for up to 8 acres south of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52. Rockny Moger had a prior agreement for 2 acres which tied up those two acres. The council unanimously voted to exercise their option for the remaining 4.32 acres for a total of 6.32 acres.

The preliminary/final plat of these acres for the industrial park was approved. Grabau noted that a minimal number of acres will be purchased, those that are most buildable. A public hearing had been held at Planning and Zoning to get feedback from the public.

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County to consider local option sales tax

Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in All Government

County Engineer Ron Gregg reviewed an eight-year capital improvement plan for county roads at the board’s July 22 meeting. The plan has to be in place, detailing specific improvement projects, before funds can be generated by a Local Option Sales ..... 
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Help Our Neighbors/tourism center

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Government

At the July 14 Chatfield City Council meeting a proposal from Help Our Neighbors (HON) to share space at the Tourism Center was approved. This non-profit organization was established in 2012 to help senior citizens stay in their homes. HON will s ..... 
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Rushford EDA revamps forbearance terms

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Government

There’s no denying that the Economic Development Authority’s revolving loan fund has done great things for Rushford’s economic growth. At least two past audits have garnered praise for its efforts. Still, there is room for improvement, as note ..... 
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Whalan City Council talks town improvements and house demolition

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Whalan Government

At the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council that took place on Monday, July 14, a number of items were discussed and actions were approved. Present at the meeting were Mayor Larry Johnson, Everett Johnson, Jim Gustavson, David Rahn, Ma ..... 
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Rep. Davids named “Legislator of Distinction”

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

By Jason Wenisch ST. PAUL – The League of Minnesota Cities has honored State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) with its 2014 “Legislator of Distinction” award. The League annually recognizes lawmakers who display leadership in supporting ..... 
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Rushford Village weeds out issue; looks ahead

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Following the Tuesday, July 15 council meeting, the City of Rushford Village has taken decisive action against the flourishing thistle population within its borders. According the Mayor Gordon Johnson, a specific complaint regarding a property was b ..... 
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Houston locks into animal control contract

By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
Posted in All Government

The Houston City Council held a meeting on July 14. At the meeting, Chief David Breault informed the council of the weekly animal complaints which the police department is called to deal with stray or neglected animals in town. Chief Breault suggest ..... 
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Wykoff citizen questions city council ethics

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Wykoff Government

The Wykoff City Council met on Tuesday, July 8 with a full audience in attendance. With standing room only, the council wasted no time approving a new council member to fill the seat left open when Protem Mayor Jeremy Comstock was put into office at ..... 
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