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Preston citizens share questions and concerns about assessments


Fri, Mar 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A strong showing of Preston property owners first listened to, then questioned Joe Palen and Brett Grabau of Bonestroo and Associates about the proposed improvements and the estimated assessments at a public hearing held at Christ Lutheran Church on March 12.

Joe Palen and Brett Grabau explained in detail what work, both street and utility, was needed in each of the four areas of proposed improvements. These areas include streets in Corn Cob Acres, around the Valley Street area, and parts of Center Street and Main Street. Palen advised the crowd that the utility department is "telescoping" the sewer lines in some of these areas now. The lines are flushed out and a camera is run down them to look for deficiencies. He emphasized that water lines with "lead" joints will be dug up and replaced for health reasons.

Palen detailed the goal of the city to establish all of the 10 miles of streets throughout the city as "perpetual pavements." The city's staff has helped in evaluating all of the streets and placing them in one of three categories. The categories or priorities include 'high,' 1.8 miles, 'medium,' 2.77 miles, and 'low,' 5.93 miles. Pavements, depending on their overall condition will need work ranging from total reconstruction, which would be expected to last 50 years with proper maintenance, to mill and overlay.

More than once Palen asked the property owners present to notify him if they are having any difficulties with sewer and water services so that those problems can be addressed along with the planned street work.

Costs

Palen estimated the total cost of the projects to be around $950,000. He said that they have recently been working with the city staff and the city council to implement a new assessment policy. The council is expected to discuss and consider adopting the new policy at their March 19 meeting. Palen insisted that the new policy will be a more equitable means of applying assessments, with a 40% assessment to property owners in most cases. The projects being considered are projected to have assessments ranging from $20 to $55 per lineal foot depending on the degree of construction and the width of the street. Sanitary sewer services would be assessed from $950 to $1250 which according to the new policy would be 80% paid by property owners. Residential property owners can only be assessed for up to a maximum of 150 lineal feet, with a 60 foot minimum. Businesses will be assessed at the .....
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Tourism growth noted

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County board members dealt with a light agenda at their March 6 meeting. Commissioner Duane Bakke was absent.

Deb Thompson and Holly Zuck of the Preston Tourism Committee offered statewide and county statistics demonstrating the gr ..... 
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Lanesboro has "snow" problems

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council spent much of its regular March 5 council meeting dealing with snow problems. The first snow related issue was the consideration of a snow emergency ordinance for city streets. Currently no parking is permitted ..... 
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Agreement with Family Dollar okayed

Fri, Mar 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Members of the Preston City Council wrapped up their business in less than a half hour at their March 5 meeting. Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mensink chaired the meeting in the absence of Mayor Kurt Reicks.

A development agreement with Sore ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Future airport project may be moved ahead

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Commissioners adopted an airport plan for future hangers at the county airport at their February 27 board meeting. Highway Engineer John Grindeland explained that it was just a 'floor plan' or a layout for how future hangars will be ..... 
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Rushford approves tax exempt funding for residential home

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - Neighbors of the proposed FCHS (Fillmore County Handicapped Services, Inc.) residential home turned out for the public hearing February 26 regarding potential tax-exempt funding for the home. Steve Fenlon, representing FCHS, reminded the ..... 
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Spring Valley looks at options for sewer rates

Fri, Mar 2nd, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - Could Spring Valley residents and businesses be looking at a sewer rate increase? At the meeting of the City Council on Monday, February 26, Administrator Deb Zimmer said the city is looking at a rate increase that could come in thre ..... 
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Council prefers further negotiations over eminent domain

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
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PRESTON - An overflow crowd packed the Preston City Council chambers on Tuesday, February 20, to argue against the imposition of "eminent domain" to acquire the final two properties for the Forestville Trail.

Mayor Pro-tem Heath Mens ..... 
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Preston Council discusses Family Dollar and other issues

Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government



A public hearing was held on the proposed vacation of the north end of Farmers Street. Richard Sorensen of Sorensen Development explained that the extra land was needed to build the Family Dollar, without it there will be no store. The city ..... 
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