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Preston TIF hearings scheduled


Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the May 2 Preston City Council meeting, two public hearings were called regarding tax increment financing districts.

Shelly and Paul Hanson have requested TIF assistance for their plans to reconstruct the B & B Bowl, including a bowling alley, restaurant, and lounge. Once up and running they intend to employ seven full-time, four part-time and five contracted parttime jobs.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the EDA has recommended subordinating the Hanson’s revolving loan fund loan position to the primary lender. The city opted to keep this loan in place after the New Year’s Day fire. The council approved the subordination of the loan.

The TIF financing is to be on all the Hanson property on that block, including the Brunsvold building. A resolution calling for a public hearing on June 6 was approved. The TIF for rebuilding the facility is to be for 20 years, with the total value of the increment being $125,000.

Hoffman explained that because construction costs for improvements on Dairy & Farm and Gehling have exceeded estimates, the TIF district budget will need to be modified. The TIF plan has a budget maximum for the tax increment over the life of the project. Modifying the TIF district budget will allow the city council to meet its obligations to the developers.

Hoffman said it is a good thing that the properties are being improved more than anticipated. Both projects are bigger than we thought they would be. There will be more market value for the future property tax base. A resolution calling for a public hearing on the TIF modification was approved.

Other business in brief

• The lease for the council room on Fridays by DVS examiners was extended. The lease was to run out in June. The lease was extended for five years at a standard rate of $20 per day or $1,040 per year, paid by Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services. There is an option in the lease to extend the lease an additional two years after the five year period.

• A report from architect Terry L. Grubbs on proposed exterior work on city hall was discussed. Grubbs estimated the total project will cost $348,600. Hoffman noted that it can be done in phases, postponing some items without damaging the building.

The roof is the priority and is believed to be the source of the leaking around the windows. Grubbs proposed reroofing the west portion of the roof .....
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Shady job offer targets area college students

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Government

BURNSVILLE, MN – April 5, 2016 – Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota ® (BBB) has received the first local report about an employment scam targeting college students nationwide. This scheme first came to the attention of BBB of ..... 
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Davids bill would assist residents with MNsure liens

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL – Following news reports that found a number of Minnesota residents had liens placed on their property after they had signed up for health insurance through MNsure, State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) is co-authoring legislation ..... 
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TZD grant and SHIP projects

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in All Government

Brenda Pohlman, health educator, gave a presentation at the county board’s May 3 meeting. About a month ago she attended a Lifesavers Conference in California. One session at the conference centered on pedestrian and driver distractions. Distrac ..... 
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Lanesboro celebrates EMS week

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council met for their regular meeting on May 2, at 5:30 p.m. All council members were present. The consent agenda was approved and included the minutes of the last meeting, accounts payable, and the fire lane ordinance. Poli ..... 
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Ostrander ponders fire truck purchase

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Ostrander Government

The Ostrander City Council met on May 3 for a regular meeting. Members present were Erin Brugh, Pam Kunert, Mayor Pat Nesler, and DJ Start. Clerk Chris Hyrkas and Heidi Jones were absent. Insurance agent Ann Keim addressed the council regarding t ..... 
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Rushford Village awards bid in road improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Rushford Village Government

The Tuesday, May 3 Rushford Village council meeting, a continuation of the April 19 meeting, went without a hitch as the council tackled several road and bridge items, as well as the hire of a new city clerk. The full council was in attendance. Bo ..... 
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Planning Commission approves Ag Tourism Business amendment

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in All Government

A public hearing was held at the April 21 Fillmore County Planning Commission on the proposed ordinance amendment to regulate Ag Tourism Business (permitted and conditional use). The amendment was discussed at a couple of prior meetings. Zoning ad ..... 
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Third annual cancer benefit in Chatfield

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Government

Jeff Hare, Jac’s Bar and Grill, made a request at the Chatfield City Council’s April 25 meeting to close a portion of Second St. for the third annual Kick Cancer benefit. Councilor Paul Novotny was absent. The request to close Second St. from ..... 
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