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Preston EDA, pursuing growth opportunities


Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority (EDA), addressed the Preston City Council on November 3 to add work hours and to discuss potential development opportunities. During these times of limited budgets, the EDA made requests and presented opportunities which will cost the city up front, but potentially provide growth and gains for the future.

Expanded Hours and

New Position

•The city council unanimously agreed to expand the Southeastern Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) contract to allow Enerson to work for Preston one more day per month. The contract extension will cost an additional $5,000 per year. F & M Bank and POET have agreed to pay half the cost (each paying about one quarter of the cost) the first year if the city picks up the balance of about $2,500. The city's share was not budgeted, but will come out of the city's contingency fund which is used for unidentified expenditures. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted that Enerson spends a lot of time at the National Trout Learning Center (NTLC).

•Enerson's second request was to hire a Program Coordinator/Operations Manager for the NTLC. The position would be for about 20 hours per week with a yearly salary of $16,000. The NTLC will pay $4,000 of the cost of the hire. Enerson asked the city of Preston to pay $12,000 of which she said revenue is expected to be raised so that at least $4,000 can be refunded back to the city.

The focus of the new hire would be to raise revenue through programming and retail and membership drives. She said the position is a necessary step to make the NTLC a self sustaining entity. The intention is to fill the new position starting January 1, 2011. Applications will be accepted and reviewed for the position.

Councilman David Collett asked if the city has the money. City Administrator Joe Hoffman asked Enerson if there would be any additional financial requests from the NTLC in the coming year. She said there would not be more requests, that the center is working and growing into being self sustaining. Hoffman said the city has budgeted $35,000 in its contingency funds which could be used in part for this purpose.

EDA Chairman Dwight Luhmann said the center has had a lot of volunteers who have put in a lot of time. There is a need for programming and fund raising. Reicks said the city can support the center for another year. A motion was approved to use contingency funds up to $12,000 with the expectation of .....
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Immediate bridge closures in Fillmore County

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

Highway Engineer John Grindeland explained the sudden closure of six or seven bridges by the state to the county board at their November 2 meeting. He said State Aid with a special contract hired about five consultants to look at County State Aid Hi ..... 
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Chatfield prepares to restructure Waste Water Treatment Plant Bond

Tue, Nov 2nd, 2010
Posted in Government



In an effort to bring sewer rates under control the Chatfield City Council started the process to refinance the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) bonds at their October 25 meeting.

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, explained ..... 
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Spring Valley commemorates progress of industrial park

Fri, Oct 29th, 2010
Posted in Government



A regular Spring Valley City Council meeting took place on Monday, October 25th, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the City Hall. All city council members were present along with Dianne Swenson-Sikkink, Chad Hindt, John Fenske, Troy Lange, and Jim Cooper ..... 
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Sheriff's Department looks for best option

Fri, Oct 29th, 2010
Posted in Government



The county board at their October 26 meeting decided to go back to committee before going ahead with the pilot program in Spring Valley using the State's I-Mobile System. Sheriff Daryl Jensen recommended that they go back to the Jail Committ ..... 
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Environmental Protection Claim against DNR dismissed

Fri, Oct 29th, 2010
Posted in Government

Another leg in the legal process that began with the quest years ago to build a State Trail from Preston to Forestville State Park has run its course with a court order issued on October 21 by District Court Judge Jeffrey Thompson granting the Minne ..... 
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Housing Access Services can help you move

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Housing Access Services helps people move to a place of their own, one person at a time, to a place of their choice. Typically, people are moving to modest living arrangements by themselves or at times with a roommate to off-set household expenses. ..... 
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CrV special meeting minutes 2

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The September 28, 2010, special meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke. Absent: Elizabeth Atkinson. Zoning Board ..... 
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CRV minutes

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

A closed meeting took place at 6:00 p.m. with League of Minnesota Cities Attorney Jason Kaboushek regarding continuing litigation. The September 21, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon ..... 
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