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Grant approved for Preston, Chatfield and Ostrander


Fri, Jun 19th, 2009
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed the Preston City Council at their June 10 meeting that the Small Cities Development Program (SCDP) grant was approved in the amount of $474,200. He reminded them that the state/federal grant was applied for last year. The grants involve the state of Minnesota's Department of Employment and Economic Development with the grant funding coming through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Preston will have the lead position as the legal sponsor sharing the funds with Chatfield and Ostrander. The funds will be used to assist property owners with the rehabilitation of four residential, rental and four commercial properties in Preston.

Michelle Vrieze, Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC) explained that all the rehabs will be done with grant money costing the city of Preston nothing out of pocket. There will be advertisements for bids and applications. SCDP funds are generally targeted to low and moderate income beneficiaries. Semcac will inspect and certify the properties. SEMDC/Semcac will coordinate and administer the program.

A resolution was approved to adopt policies required for acceptance of the grant. Some of the funds will be an outright grant and forgiven and some will be loan monies that will be paid back into a revolving loan fund.

Hoffman declared, "This is great news to bring almost one half million dollars into Fillmore County."

Preston Foods

Hoffman noted that Preston Foods is in the midst of a major remodel and replacement of old equipment with energy-saving equipment. The Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA) recommended the Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants (REDLG) through USDA as a way to help with the project providing 20% of the financing. Cathy Enerson, EDA, said there was a special meeting of the EDA before the council meeting. The EDA recommended a 50% collateral position for the loan and a pass through loan for Preston Foods.

The REDLG program would loan $85,000 to Preston Public Utilities (PPU), which would act as a pass through agent, then loaning the funds to Preston Foods. The PPU had approved the loan to Preston Foods if the EDA/City would share the risk 50-50 with the Utility. Hoffman suggested it was a benefit for PPU to help one of their largest customers with an expansion. The council unanimously agreed to assist the business by guaranteeing 50% of the PPU l .....
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County signaling level budget for 2010

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

County Coordinator Karen Brown asked the board's direction to department heads in planning the 2010 budget at the June 9 meeting. She wanted to be able to give department heads notice as to limits on salary and wage increases. Brown warned that a po ..... 
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Spring Valley budget cuts?

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

"The General Fund is the only place left to cut." This statement came from City Administrator Deb Zimmer at the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night, June 8th. Zimmer walked the Council and the public through the Final Budgeted Expendi ..... 
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Harmony City Council speaks with Ropes

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council was able to speak to Senator Sharon Ropes during their regular meeting on June 9. They asked questions and got some information about the state's budget and the status of the city's LGA (Local Government Aid).

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Rushford City Council receives levee recertification update

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

In a lengthy, occasionally vague presentation, the council heard an initial report by URS Corporation and American Engineering Testing at the Monday, June 8th meeting. The presentation detailed the current analysis of the flood protection system, as ..... 
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Chatfield, Preston and Ostrander receive grants

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

Southeastern Minnesota Develpment Corporation (SEMDC), in partnership with Semcac awarded a $474,200 in Small Cities Development Program Grant. The grant will assist the following communities: Ostrander, Preston, and Chatfield to help pay for improv ..... 
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Cash for Clunkers passes House

Fri, Jun 12th, 2009
Posted in Government

(Washington, DC) - Last week, Congressman Tim Walz voted to create jobs, revitalize the economy, and help reduce harmful carbon emissions from vehicles.

H.R. 2751, the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009, also known as "Cash ..... 
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Fillmore-Houston boards approve grant agreement

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
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The June 2 meeting of the Fillmore County Board included a teleconference for the Fillmore-Houston Joint Board of Health. A resolution was once again passed for 2009-2010 to enter into a grant agreement for Toward Zero Deaths Safe Roads Gran ..... 
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Senator Ropes in Preston: We are all in this together

Fri, Jun 5th, 2009
Posted in Government



State Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes-DFL addressed the Preston City Council at their June 1 meeting. She discussed the recent legislative session and inquired as to how the city dealt with the loss of Local Government Aid (LGA) funds totaling ..... 
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