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Preston to update street parking ordinance


Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

Councilman David Collett, at the January 19 meeting, requested a discussion regarding parking in the courthouse square area. He noted there have been complaints from county workers who are trying to remove snow from the streets and also from businesses because the parking areas aren't all plowed out.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman produced an ordinance that is currently on the books. The old ordinance put in place in 1950 prohibits overnight downtown parking. Police Chief Matt Schultz and Hoffman agree it would not be enforceable as it is too broad.

Schultz said he and Hoffman recommend a baseline ordinance which would apply to parking all over the city. Schultz said it will need to have teeth and be enforceable. They intend to draft an ordinance together and present it at the next council meeting for the council's approval. The ordinance will address parking of recreational vehicles, semi trucks and trailers, and utility trailers, besides snow removal.

Schultz said currently the police department tries to locate owners of vehicles to have them moved so one side of the street can be plowed at a time.

Hoffman stressed that to be effective the ordinance will have to be strictly enforced year round.

Floodway Acquisition

About a year ago properties in the floodplain were put on a list with the most likely to flood on top. Steve Schlick owns the property at 304 River Street SW which happens to be number one on the list. He has approached the city saying he is interested in selling his house.

Hoffman said Homeland Security Emergency Management is very interested in acquiring the property because of its location near the river. If all entities participate 75 percent of the buyout cost would be paid by FEMA, the other 25 percent split between the city and the Department of Natural Resources.

It was expected $60,000 would be enough to buy the property plus pay for demolition of the home. The city's share would be a little over $7,000, if both FEMA and the DNR participated.

Hoffman explained properties that are located in the floodway are limited in the kinds of improvements they can make which causes the properties to degrade over time. If the property is purchased this way it will be taken off the tax roles.

A motion to authorize the staff to proceed with the application to FEMA was approved. This is just the first step.

2010 Improvements

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Lanesboro school board approves board salaries

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The school board of the Lanesboro Independent School District met for its annual organizational meeting, followed by its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 21. All board members were present. Chairman David Ruen called the meetin ..... 
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Peterson city council

Fri, Jan 22nd, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council was called to order by Mayor Chuck Eidenschink. Council members present were: Tim Hallum, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, and Rick Lee. Molly Melander, city administrator, was also present. Jan Smaby wa ..... 
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Wykoff discusses water usage

Mon, Jan 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 14, 2009, at 7:01 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members present: Mike Holzer-mayor, Jeremy Comstock, Betty Niemeyer, Tim Grabau, Michele Hitchcock, Cheryl ..... 
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Harmony discusses projects

Mon, Jan 18th, 2010
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the Harmony City Council meeting on January 12. Several residents who have property adjacent to 3rd St. SW in Harmony were in attendance to discuss the upcoming street repairs and assessments.

Brett Grabau, t ..... 
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Boundary expansion for Forestville?

Mon, Jan 18th, 2010
Posted in Government



Mark White, Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park and Lake Louise State Park, informed the board about a possible boundary expansion for Forestville State Park. The proposed boundary line expansion would include about 469 acres of Vreeman famil ..... 
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Rushford city council gets off to a fresh start

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The new council convened for the first time Monday, January 11, and there were slight, yet noticeable changes to the flow of the meeting. While some of the changes were simply aesthetic, such as the rearranging of council seating to allow for more a ..... 
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Potter transfer

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

Questions and Answers

A joint meeting including the Chatfield Economic Development Authority, the city council and the school board was held at Potter on January 13 to discuss questions and details related to the transfer of title from the sc ..... 
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Pilot Mound continues to work through controversies

Fri, Jan 15th, 2010
Posted in Government

The board room was heated and filled to capacity once more on January 11 as the Pilot Mound Township board worked their way through controversial issues on their agenda. Public comment on the conflict between township clerk Joyce Borgen and chairman ..... 
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