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Preston Council looks at 2008 street projects


Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Bill Cox, Public Works, presented maps and descriptions of three suggested projects to Preston City council members at their April 7 meeting. Work in the downtown area could be wrapped up with a mill and overlay of portions of St. Anthony and Mill Streets. A cost estimate was offered of $23,684.40 for that area.

A section of Chatfield Avenue from the school to Circle Heights Drive leading to the Branding Iron Restaurant may be combined with the tennis court project. Cox maintained that a sidewalk along Chatfield Avenue connecting from the school to the existing sidewalk along Hwy. 52 would be desirable. Father Francis Galles asked if there would be parking in the area available for tourists who may wish to photograph the proposed 30 foot artistic sculpture of a trout in the pond. Hoffman answered that there should be and these improvements would compliment those efforts. The total of street and sidewalk improvements for Chatfield Avenue is estimated to be $78,448.60.

Cox detailed the poor condition of Jefferson Street. He added that there have been several water main breaks in the area in the last few years. Cox explained that the curb and gutter is in good shape, but the street would need reconstruction to improve the water main and to check the sewers. The estimated cost is $29,218.56.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman stressed that these were preliminary figures. Cox asked the council to approve a feasibility study to be completed by the city's engineers to get more accurate estimates. Hoffman added that he sees some of the improvements suggested in the Chatfield Avenue and the Jefferson Street areas to fall into a "gray" area in the existing assessment policy, as to whether they would be considered maintenance or total reconstruction. The feasibility study was approved.

Mayor Kurt Reicks suggested that a request be made to the county engineer that the mill and overlay of a portion of St. Paul Street be made a high priority. A motion was approved to do that.

Bill Cox has been looking for a used Street Sweeper to replace the current aged machine. He set out to find one costing in the area of $50,000. He related to the council that he has received only one response meeting the department's specifications, a machine with 1025 hours on it at a cost of $55,000. Cox listed other machines from other vendors to give the council comparisons. Hoffman and Cox maintained that this machine is the best buy, considering the hour .....
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Harmony residents raise questions about property tax assessments

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Citizens of Harmony came to the City Council meeting on April 8 to discuss their property taxes and the assessments made on their homes recently. Fred Horihan and Cindy Blagsvadt from the Fillmore County Assessor's Office were there to answer any qu ..... 
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Lanesboro Council discusses capital improvement projects

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro City Council members got together for a special meeting on April 7 to discuss the capital improvement projects and financing. They were also able to hear about some new options and lower costs from Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates ..... 
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SV City Council holds special session on flood buyout

Fri, Apr 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in Special Session on Wednesday night (April 9, 2008) to take action on three items regarding buy out of property in the Flood Plain.

Flood Damage Buyout by City

Lucille Daggett had approached the Ci ..... 
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Design Team to help Rushford plan

Fri, Apr 4th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Susan Hart, co-chair of the Rushford Steering Committee, addressed the County Board at their April 1 meeting. Hart asked commissioners to come to Rushford during the visit of the Minnesota Design Team (MDT) from April 24 through the 26 to ..... 
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County looks at tax abatement for Chatfield

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board listened to the public and representatives from Chatfield encouraging the county to approve the tax abatement plan for the Hilltop Estates Development at their March 25 meeting. Commissioners Stafford Hansen and M ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Board discusses Old School and New School with the public

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

A much-hoped-for Rushford-Peterson facilities grant to buy land, build a new school and refurbish old classrooms will not be included in the 2008-09 Minnesota bonding bill.

Citing state fiscal constraints and competition from districts that ..... 
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Preston gives treatment site to city of Fountain

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council voted unanimously at a special meeting on Monday, March 24, to gift the site of a Preston owned wastewater plant in Fountain to the city of Fountain. For the past 19 years, the city of Preston has operated a pre-treatment pl ..... 
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Results of Rushford housing study unveiled

Fri, Mar 28th, 2008
Posted in Government

The results of the long-awaited housing study conducted by Maxfield Research, commissioned by the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, were unveiled last Thursday at Stumpy's.

Numerous sources of funding and grants are dependent upon this study b ..... 
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