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Preston Fire Department to manage gambling


Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

At the May 5 Preston City Council meeting, council members considered three proposals submitted by local organizations applying for the opportunity to manage gambling activities at the B & B Bowl. Several months ago the council had decided to try to have the gambling managed by a local organization so that most all of the proceeds could be used to fund local charities.

The owner of the B & B Bowl prefers that the organization would not only fund its own needs, but also donate portions to other local charities and non-profits. The three applying organizations included the Fire Department, Maple Leaf Services (formally FCHS,Inc.), and the Fillmore Central Booster Club. After some reluctance to pick only one of each of the deserving organizations, the council voted to go with the Fire Department as they seemed most willing to donate portions to other community charities. The sharing of some of the profits proposed by the Fire Department seemed to honor the wishes of the owner of the B & B Bowl. The business hopes the gambling will draw more people into the establishment and benefit it as well.

Councilman Heath Mensink expanded on the proposal of the Fire Department, but abstained from the vote as he is on the Fire Department's Gambling Committee. All twenty-four members of the Fire Department who are all Preston residents would vote on which non-profits would receive donations. Most of the profits would go to support the department's "truck fund," an account for future truck and equipment purchases. The department expects that the profits retained by the fire department will allow them to decrease the amount of funds to be requested from the city and townships. The vote selecting the Fire Department was unanimous with Mensink abstaining.

Pumper Truck

Fire Chief Jerry Olson offered five bids for a new pumper truck. Olson recommended the second lowest bid, primarily because the truck can be built in less than half the time as the lowest bid. He stressed that the current pumper needs to be replaced as soon as possible. The bid from Custom Truck, Osceola, Wisconsin, was for $266,780.

Councilman Robert Sauer was concerned about the difference of several thousand dollars for the second lowest bid. Mayor Kurt Reicks explained that the city would only pay their limit of $130,000, essentially the same for each of the two lowest bids. The difference would be paid by the fire department. This satisfied Sauer as the Preston tax pa .....
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Lanesboro Council looks at property issues

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council meeting on May 5 included a few different planning and zoning issues with property in town. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city approve a request from Bob Schrupp about his property located kitty c ..... 
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Full house at Lanesboro assessment hearing

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

There was a full house at the Community Center when Lanesboro held a Preliminary Assessment Hearing for upcoming street repairs on Monday,April 28. Many residents who live on both Whittier Street and Maple Drive showed up to ask questions and expres ..... 
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Spring Valley Council deals with routine business

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

Mainly routine business at the Spring Valley City Council meeting. A resolution was passed approving write-offs of certain uncollectible ambulance accounts. The total write-off for 2008 so far is $11,204.77. In 2007 those write-offs amounted to $84, ..... 
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Rushford looks at water problem

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - There was a lengthy discussion about water at last Monday's, April 28, 2008, regular city council meeting in Rushford, but surprisingly, the topic was not flood water.

The need for a water treatment plant was evident and funds we ..... 
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Lanesboro council hears about Buffalo Bill Days events, need for volunteers

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Plans are already under way for Lanesboro's Buffalo Bill Days celebration, held every August. The co-chairs of the committee Karen Scheevel and Diane Marzolf had planned on being at the City Council meeting on April 21 but were unable to ..... 
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Preston Council okays bike time trials for Trout Days

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council wrapped up its business on April 21 in a mere seven minutes. David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there was a request to again have the bike races ran against the clock on Saturday, May 15 ..... 
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County Board supports conservation efforts on Earth Day

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Kevin Kuehner and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), detailed projects the district is working with and requested the Fillmore County board's support at their April 22 meeting. As County Coordinator Karen Brown acknowledge ..... 
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County okays Hillside Estates tax abatement

Fri, Apr 18th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - On April 15 the Fillmore County Board unanimously adopted a resolution approving a property tax abatement for infrastructure improvements for Hillside Estates in the city of Chatfield. Hilltop Estates includes the new elementary school to ..... 
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