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Preston discusses parking ordinance for residential streets


Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz, along with City Administrator Joe Hoffman, described the concern over "on street parking" of semi trucks and trailers and recreational vehicles at the city's August 17 meeting. Hoffman said the city has received an increasing number of complaints over the last couple of years. David Harrison was absent.

Minnesota state statute allows up to 24 hours of uninterrupted parking for these types of vehicles. Schultz pointed to a Spring Valley ordinance which doesn't allow RV's or trucks over 10,000 pounds to be left on city streets over 24 hours. Semi and trailers are limited to one hour.

Hoffman made it clear the city was not targeting any one individual. He said many of the residential streets are too narrow to allow parking of large vehicles. Mayor Kurt Reicks said they should designate a semi-parking area in town.

Schultz encouraged the council to get an ordinance in place before snow falls for snow emergencies. Councilman Robert Sauer said any ordinance put in place must be enforced. There was a consensus to go ahead and draft an ordinance for alternate side parking during the winter. Staff would work on drafting an ordinance for semi trailers, RV's, commercial vehicles, and utility trailers.

Caboose location at elevator

Dick Petsch and Bob Maust, representing the Preston Historical Society, asked the council's approval of their recommended site for a caboose near the historic elevator. They had staked out a preferred location and council members had been asked to look at the staked area before the meeting.

Sauer asked if they had considered placing the caboose north of the elevator. Petsch reminded him that the area north of the elevator is the proposed site of a planned addition. Sauer was concerned about the caboose blocking the covered picnic area which will be somewhat behind the caboose when viewed from the parking area. Maust said there is enough room for handicapped accessible five foot walkways. The caboose is to be placed on a second track offset from the boxcar. The addition on the north side is to be built similar to what it once was in 1909 when it was a feed room. They plan to make it into an interpretive center to learn about grains.

Maust says the project is listed on page 72 of the sales tax amendment passed in the 2008 election and should qualify for funding. The application for grant funds needs to be submitted prior to November 1. Petsch asked for a .....
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Lanesboro strives for approved 2010 budget

Fri, Aug 21st, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman informed the City Council that the skateboard park had been vandalized for the second time in two weeks. She said the panels were ripped off, cigarettes were all over the place, graffiti had been spray ..... 
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Preston considers its energy future

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met in special session with the Preston Utility Commission to hear a presentation from the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) early on August 10. Four officers of the company, including Ray Hayward, CEO, Larry ..... 
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Spring Valley's new ambulance

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The August 10, 2009, Spring Valley City Council meeting might have been classified as one of the shorter meetings. The main item on the agenda was the purchasing of a new ambulance. City Ambulance Director Jim Cooper was present to review the option ..... 
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Harmony approves EDA loans

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

Two public hearings were held before the regular city council meeting in Harmony on August 11. The first one was for the street assessment project on 5th Avenue SE. The property owners that will be affected by the project, Fred Young and Allan Dahl, ..... 
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Ropes has dialogue with county board

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

State Senator Sharon Ropes reviewed details of the last legislative session and took notes on commissioner concerns to be explored in the next session at their August 11 meeting. Ropes continues to make an effort to visit cities, townships and count ..... 
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Rushford City Council "takes a stab" at a community center

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

At the Monday, August 10th meeting of the council, the city made the decision to move forward with plans to seek out proposals on the construction of a 400-seat community center. On a limited budget, the city is offering grant funds of $593,000 for ..... 
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No eminent domain proceedings for Burr Oak extension

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council took the possibility of eminent domain off the table as a method to acquire property needed for the Burr Oak extension at the council's August 10 meeting. City Attorney Fred Suhler had followed the council's July 23 instru ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses signs

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Government

During a quick meeting on August 3, the Lanesboro City Council had some discussion with City Attorney Tom Manion about signs in the downtown area. At the last meeting, Manion explained that Cheryl Lamon, who owns Cheryl's Apparel, had asked him if s ..... 
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