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Preston’s 2014 audit


Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Pam Ristau, CPA, summarized her examination of Preston’s 2014 financial accounts at the May 4 city council meeting. As auditor she issued an unqualified opinion to the city for its 2014 financial statements, saying everything is in order.

Many capital improvements were made in 2014. The North Industrial Park area was annexed into the city. Not all associated construction projects were completed by the end of 2014. The Twenty14 project included improvements to the Fire Hall area, and portions of River, Main, Houston, Franklin, Washington, Preston, North, Spring, and Winona Streets and the South Hill area.

The Twenty-14 project was financed with $4.15 million of general obligation bonds. The city council authorized $640,000 in general obligation utility revenue and tax increment financing bonds. Two new TIF districts were authorized, one for the Preston Dairy and Farm relocation and one for the North Industrial Park area, including Bluff Country Manufacturing and other possible future businesses.

Four businesses within the city utilized the city’s revolving loan fund. In 2014 the loan limit was raised to $25,000 from $15,000.

City administrator Joe Hoffman explained the picture will be clearer in the 2015 audit, as there was a large number of capital projects in 2014. He said there still is grant money coming in from the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). There was some discussion about how much grant money will still come in. The audit report had been made available just before the meeting. Hoffman said staff will look through the audit materials before the next meeting. The council will consider acceptance of the 2014 audit at the next meeting.

F&M Bank alley

improvement

Dan Christianson, F & M Bank, requested that the city share the cost of improvements made to an alley (180 feet) that was paved last fall. He had addressed the council last fall about the needed work on bank property and the alley, when the city’s assessment policy for alley improvements was treated the same as for city streets (60% city, 40% assessed). Christianson went ahead and had the work done on the alley since Rochester Sand and Gravel was ready to do other paving work on bank property. Both sides of the alley are bank owned.

The city has approved a new policy for alleys, separate from the policy for streets, since this work was completed. The .....
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Spring Valley “junk ordinance” being enforced

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on April 27, with all members present. Minutes of the previous meeting, and April accounts payable, were approved. A citizen, Paul Mittelstadt, addressed the council about the city’s “junk o ..... 
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Lanesboro makes zoning change to allow short-term rentals

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on May 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm. All city council members were present. The minutes from the April 6, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved. A public hearing was opened to discuss the zoning change request for the 200 ..... 
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Rushford Village continues support of trail development

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

Vern Bunke, head of Bluff Tracks, is continuing efforts to see development of an expansive all- trail system in the Rushford Peterson Valley. Presenting an update to the Rushford Village Council, Tuesday, May 5, Bunke noted that approximately 500 mi ..... 
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Commissioners tour county jail

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Sheriff Tom Kaase and jail administrator Jamie Fenske guided the commissioners through the county jail facility after the May 5 county board meeting. The Fillmore County Jail is about 50 years old and one of the two or three oldest county jails in ..... 
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The impact of Houston County public hearings

By Justin Zmyewski

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

The year 2015 is the year of two historic decisions for the county board. On February 18, 2015 a public hearing was held fundamentally addressing the issue of frac sand mining in Houston County. For nearly three hours the board of commissioners hear ..... 
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Government this week - 5.11.15

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 11, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. •Monday, May 11, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. •Monday, May 11, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. •Monday, May 11, Chatfield City Council, City Hal ..... 
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Government this week - 5.4.15

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Government

•Monday, May 4, Lanesboro City Council, City Hall, 5:30 p.m. •Monday, May 4, Preston City Council, Council Chambers, 6 p.m. •Tuesday,May 5, Fillmore County Commissioners, Courthouse, 9 a.m. •Tuesday, May 5, Houston School Board, 5:30 p.m ..... 
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Rep. Davids supports nursing home funding increase proposal

Mon, May 4th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL – Southeastern Minn. nursing homes would each receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in new revenue if a comprehensive health and human services finance proposal is signed into law. “Our nursing homes are critical to the success of ..... 
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