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City of Preston applies for Small Cities Rehabilitation Grant


Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston EDA Director Cathy Enerson representing Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) gave a presentation on the rehab grant at the city council's December 2 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported that the city has been invited to submit a full application for the grant along with Chatfield and Ostrander by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

The grant would provide for commercial and rental housing rehabilitation. As required a public hearing was held regarding the application to the Minnesota Small Cities Development Grant Program (SCPD) for the grant funds. No citizens commented.

Resolutions authorizing the full application and a Cooperative Agreement were adopted. The city will act as a fiscal agent for the projects. Semcac and SEMDC will administer the projects and work with contractors and commercial and rental housing owners.

Housing Incentives

Cathy Enerson described a housing incentive program approved by the Preston EDA. It will work in partnership with the EDA, Preston Public Utilities, city government including the Park Board and the Tree Board, and the Preston Golf and Country Club. Three separate incentive areas include new construction, existing housing, and rehabilitation. Each of the three areas will allow for three applications or a total of nine applications in 2009.

The EDA has budgeted $4,800 plus administration costs for the nine incentives. The city is to contribute up to $270 to allow for the waiving of building permit fees. The partnership for the incentives hopes to add new customers for Utility, increase use of services in the community with "Preston Bucks," add jobs with the construction projects, increase tax revenue for the city, and provide energy savings for participants.

The housing incentive proposal was approved. Enerson noted that the Park Board and the Tree Board are the only entities left to approve the partnership proposal.

Truth in Taxation Hearing

City Administrator Joe Hoffman gave a brief summary of the 2009 budget. The total city budget is a little less than one half property tax levy, a little less than one half state aid, with the balance being made up of fees like pool admissions. Hoffman noted a large levy increase of 16.84%. However, the tax rate increase will be only 1.7% which is what most home owners will see on their property tax bills. The large addition to the tax base is made up b .....
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Lanesboro council approves 2009 budget

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council approved the budget and levy for 2009 during their meeting on December 1. During the Public Hearing held before the regular meeting, there were no residents present with questions or concerns about the budget. T ..... 
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Rushford Council approves a slew of recommendations

Fri, Nov 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford city council heard a slew of recommendations from two of its commissions last Monday and approved all of them.

From the Planning Commission was what administrator Windy Block's newsletter referred to as one of those " ..... 
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Complaint filed over improper debris burning

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Kay Spangler attended the November 17 Preston City Council to explain her grievances about the demolition and burning of the debris from two homes. The debris was hauled to a pit area on the property of David and Rita Wilson on the west ed ..... 
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Planning Commission recommends approval of Harmony quarry

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

An over flow crowd spilled out of the commissioner's board room at the Fillmore County Planning Commission's November 20 meeting. Keith Bruening, Bruening Rock Products, Inc., Decorah, Iowa, had applied for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for a rock ..... 
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Green Acre forms need to be returned

Fri, Nov 21st, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Commissioner Duane Bakke made an announcement forewarning landowners with Green Acres at the board's November 18 meeting. Commissioner Stafford Hansen was absent.

Bakke stressed that one of the boxes must be checked on a form from ..... 
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No deer hunting in city of Rushford, yet

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Deer.

Your garden can't live with 'em, and you can't shoot 'em out of season. Or within city limits. Yet.

Not only are deer a nuisance in the city of Rushford, but according to councilman Robert Dahl, there are statistics to show tha ..... 
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Harmony City Council trims 2009 budget

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

Another discussion was held on the 2009 budget at the Harmony City Council meeting on November 10. Using suggestions from council members at the October meeting, City Administrator Jerome Illg made some revisions to the budget that were looked at du ..... 
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Lanesboro residents raise concerns over street assessments

Fri, Nov 14th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council adopted the resolution on assessments made for the Capital Improvement Projects. A final public hearing was held Monday evening, November 10 and the council spoke to a full house. Residents affected by both the Whittier St ..... 
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