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Preston to spruce up council chambers


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman received the go ahead from the Preston City Council at their February 19 meeting to do some research on costs and ideas for remodeling the city council chambers. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Hoffman explained that over the last ten years portions of city hall have been remodeled. The council chambers is in line to be updated and brightened. Hoffman listed several possible changes including sheetrock to replace dark paneling, a realignment of the lighting, a new suspended ceiling, an opening up of the space, audio and visual aid improvements, and a horseshoe or L-shaped council table. The degree of work will depend on the costs. Hoffman added that money has been set aside for improvements already. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted that this will be the last step in remodeling the city offices.

Historical Society

Richard Petsch informed the council that the historical society has been turned down for the T-21 grant which could have been as much as $200,000. They had hoped to use the funds to add structures to the elevator site. However, the Preston Historical Society is to receive a $9,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society for the purpose of transcription to the written word from forty-six cassette tapes made in 1978. This will provide a permanent record. He hopes to burn CDs from the audio tapes.

Petsch expects the historical society to spend $4,500 of their money on top of the grant to complete the work. He assured the council that no city money would be needed. He requested and received approval from the council to authorize the city to be the applicant for the grant and in doing so the city would act as a fiscal agent. Petsch plans to make duplicates of the CDs available to people who want them.

B & B Bowl Charitable

Gambling

At the last council meeting, Joe Hoffman was tasked with finding out how much of the money obtained by the Community Charities of Minnesota at the B & B Bowl remained in the community. The permit has been for two years and is to be renewed by April 1. Hoffman explained that Community Charities had netted about $8,600 and about $3,600 of that went to charities elsewhere in the state with about $5,000 staying in the Preston area.

Hoffman said that because Community Charities operated in 35 cities, they had a combined net revenue that caused them to pay a large portion of their intake to the state of Minnesota in taxes. That amount .....
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Lanesboro adopts Assessment Policy

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council adopted the revised Assessment Policy following a public hearing at its Tuesday, February 19 meeting. The meeting was a joint meeting of the council and the Lanesboro Public Utility Commission. Vince Jeannette ..... 
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Hypersonic still on hold

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was ironic really, walking over to last Wednesday evening's February 20 special session of the Rushford City council under a clear sky, temperatures below 10-below, the snow pack blue as the Earth from space, a shadow drifted across th ..... 
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Progress made on sewer systems

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District, updated the board on the progress of the program at the board's February 12 meeting. Craig explained that since 2004 there have been 4,205 individ ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Play ball

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

This much is clear, the great August flood and six-months of unprecedented public demand for decisions-to-be-made and actions-to-be-taken has tested the capacity of Rushford's small governing council, volunteer-staffed boards and commissions, as wel ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Schedule set for Hudson Street improvements

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

A very well attended informational meeting for citizens about the Hudson Street Improvement Plans preceded the regular Spring Valley City Council meeting on February 11. Bryan Holtz with Yaggy Colby and Associates answered questions and individual c ..... 
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Harmony Council discusses Community Center renovations

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council meeting on February 12 included a lot of discussion on the upcoming projects needed at the Community Center, for the building itself as well as the parking lot and driveway.

The city is planning on putting two heati ..... 
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Moratorium on campgrounds ends

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig went over the proposed ordinance changes governing campground regulations with the county at their Tuesday meeting. The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the amendments at th ..... 
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Public Hearing set for Hilltop Estates

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ron Ziegler representing the City of Chatfield Economic Development Authority asked the county board at their February 5 meeting to consider scheduling a Public Hearing for the approval of a Tax Abatement to construct public improvements t ..... 
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