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Preston starts process for 2010 street reconstruction


Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

Public Works Director Bill Cox discussed the city's recommendation for 2010 street improvements at the council's November 13 meeting. The council approved a resolution to begin the process to have the city engineer provide a cost estimate with a feasibility report.

The report will cover River Street between St. Paul Street and St. Anthony Street and all of Jefferson Street. Due to the damage River Street sustained in the 2008 flooding, around $40,000 of the cost of the improvements would be funded by FEMA. If the FEMA funds are not used by the end of 2010, they may be lost.

Cox estimates the considerable utility improvements, sewer and water, needed on Jefferson Street could cost about $55,000. There will be assessments for portions of the projects. The city of Preston has approximately $180,000 set aside for 2010 street improvements.

Additional Fund Raising

for the Tennis Court

Wayne Dreier representing the tennis court committee, updated the council on their goal to raise $100,000 for the tennis court. At this point $97,000 has been raised with the help of the Preston Area Foundation. Fifty-five organizations and individuals, along with Fillmore Central Schools, have contributed to the fund total. Additional funds raised will be matched by the Foundation.

The new court is expected to be dedicated next year at the Trout Days celebration.

Emerald Ash Borer Grant

Grants are being offered to cities from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to help cover the cost of tree removal equipment, labor and replanting. The grant applied for by Preston could total $31,286.09. The city would be required to match 15 percent of the grant with labor and city funds. The city's match would be less than $3,500.

Bill Cox reported the 1978 dump truck that is currently being used only for a wood "chipper" truck is costing more to keep road worthy than it is worth. It is in need of brake repair currently. He explained the purchase of a used one ton dump truck expected to cost between eight and 10 thousand, was included in the grant application. Cox said they should know by the middle of December if this use of the grant funding is accepted by the state. The cost of the purchase of the used vehicle would be shared by Preston Public Utilities, which has approved its purchase.

Other Business In Brief

• Jerry Olson, representing the city fire department, discussed the options available to r .....
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Peterson sewer project update

Fri, Nov 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Chuck Eidenschink on November 11, 2009. Council members present were: Randy Benson, Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland. Also present was Lolly Melander. Jan Smaby was absent. Gues ..... 
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Sheriff continues discussion on narrowbanding

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board's November 10 meeting was dominated by the ongoing debate on which alternative will best serve the county in order to be in compliance with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) mandate to be narrowbanded by January 1, ..... 
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Canton approves one liquor license, denies another

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Canton City Council met Wednesday, November 4, 2009, with Mayor Donivee Johnson calling the meeting to order. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Ross Duckett, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Cindy Shanks was a ..... 
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Harmony City Council approves exception for new meat processing and packaging plant

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Michael Aggen recently attended a Planning and Zoning meeting for the meat processing/packing plant he is planning on building in Harmony. The building is going up in the Industrial Park in the lot south of Torgerson's Auto. A special exception is n ..... 
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Rushford city council moves on

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

A packed room, with attendees searching for chairs a full 15 minutes past the start of the meeting, was the scene at the Monday, November 9, council meeting. Likely, there were some who expected intense drama at the meeting, which was the first foll ..... 
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Wykoff approves Fillmore County's authorization to sell old creamery

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 12 , 2009, at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-Mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl Davis Clerk/Tre ..... 
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Whalan approved for Siren Grant from Fillmore County Emergency Management

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Mayor Larry Johnson called to order the regular monthly meeting of the Whalan City Council for November. Those present were: Mayor Johnson, David Rahn, Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo, Johnny Halverson and Lolly Melander. Motion was made by Margare ..... 
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Chatfield hears MnDot access plan

Fri, Nov 13th, 2009
Posted in Government

Representatives of the Minnesota Department of Transportation, District 6, detailed the results of their two-year study and the resulting Chatfield area Access Management Safety Plan (AMSP) for US 52, MN 30 and MN 74/30 at the council's November 9 m ..... 
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