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Preston City Council Report: No assessments for street maintenance


Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

Concerned citizens of Preston made clear their opinions at the public hearing portion of the Preston City Council meeting on August 7. Engineer Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates explained the planned milling and overlay street projects. Overlays are scheduled for Parkside Drive between Cottage Grove Avenue and the Hellickson Addition, Main Street between St. Paul Street and St. Anthony Street, and St. Anthony Street between River Street and Fillmore Street. Many of the citizens that owned properties in these areas were present for the public hearing.

This is the first time the city was considering assessing for costs for an overlay maintenance project. Total costs for the overlay projects were estimated to be about $79,000. The projects have been sent out for bids and are to be started the first week of September and finished by the end of that month. The question up for debate was how the project was to be financed. Will property owners along the streets be assessed for a portion of the cost or will the total cost be borne by the city of Preston which, in essence, spreads the cost to all of Preston's citizens.

Kay Laging raised concerns about parking and the blocking of traffic in a business district. Palen explained that parking will not be allowed for at least one half of a day when the milling machine is working. He expected only three to four days would be required to do the actual work on each of the streets. The streets could be opened relatively quickly to light traffic after the overlay is completed.

Historic Brick

David Joerg noted that there is the old brick under the existing pavement on St. Anthony Street. He suggested that the brick was historical and in comparatively good shape. Joerg urged the council to take the opportunity to reconstruct the street by uncovering and using the brick. Mayor Kurt Reicks said that the current project is for maintenance and that the possibility of restoring the brick street could be addressed when the street is in need of total reconstruction. Joerg asked when that would be. Palen answered that with the overlay the need for total reconstruction may be delayed for as long as forty years. He warned that brick streets would not be appropriate for heavy traffic and that they would be a "maintenance nightmare." Council member Heath Mensink insisted that the cost of restoring the brick could be four times as much as an overlay and Palen agreed.

Assessment Argument

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Harmony City Council Report: Board hears music event proposal

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
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Harmony - On August 8 Corey Scrabeck attended the Harmony City Council meeting to propose a music event that would be held within the city. "For the last couple of years I've been thinking about how to bring young people to town to have fun," stated ..... 
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E911 signs

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board continued reviewing 2007 budget proposals from several departments at their August 8 meeting. Commissioners look through detailed budget proposals for items that can be reduced or that may need additional dollars. ..... 
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What's next for Lanesboro's Ox Trail?

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - "Ox Trail's been there since the conception of Lanesboro!" declared Kate O'Neary at the public hearing on the Ox Trail during the Lanesboro City Council meeting August 7. O'Neary urged the council to keep the old trail as is, even turnin ..... 
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Going forty on 40

Fri, Aug 4th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The county board on the first day of August was dominated by departmental proposals for the 2007 budget. However, when county engineer John Grindeland was ready to give the Highway Department's budget proposal, county board chairman Duane ..... 
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Voter record updates will be completed by primary election

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Government

"We are committed to getting done by the primary election," Shirl Boelter, Fillmore County Election Administrator, told the Fillmore County Board at their July 25 meeting. She was referring to the process of updating county polling records with new ..... 
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Olmsted and Fillmore boards discuss issues

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County commissioners from Olmsted and Fillmore counties met at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Tuesday, July 25, to discuss common issues. The meeting coincided with the Fillmore County Board meeting.

Of primary concern was the o ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: New fire truck on its way

Fri, Jul 28th, 2006
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Fire Chief Mike Ebner presented the received bids for a new fire truck to the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting July 24. Ebner advocated accepting the bid from Clarey Fire Safety of Rochester; not only did the company have the low bid o ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: $$$ - Roadblock for Ox Trail grant

Fri, Jul 21st, 2006
Posted in Government

In order to submit a grant application for roads of regional significance for the Ox Trail, the city of Lanesboro would need to pay preliminary engineering costs of $15,000 to $20,000. Mayor Steve Rahn added, "Personally, I don't think we have much ..... 
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