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Preston discusses 2016 budget


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jacob Ristau, Preston’s newest police officer, is sworn in by councilman Charles Sparks. Photo by Karen Reisner

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented the 2016 budget reflecting departmental requests at the city council’s August 25 meeting. This first draft shows a 9.11% increase in the levy, or an approximate increase of $69,000. Each percent of increase equals about $7,500.

Local Government Aid is anticipated to be $496,379, which is an increase of $491. Bond payments for the Twenty-14 Improvements and the North Industrial Park are largely driving the projected increase in the levy. Mayor Kurt Reicks acknowledged that the public is anticipating an increase due to the Twenty-14 project.

Hoffman located a spreadsheet from September 2014 where an anticipated 9.41% increase in the levy would be needed in 2016 to meet bond payments from the Twenty-14 project.

Hoffman said this draft is very preliminary. Councilman Robert Maust asked for updated market values in the city to see how costs will be split up. It was the consensus of the council to try to shave off a little of the increase. An increase of 7% in health care costs is figured in. That increase may be less, but actual figures will not be available until later in the fall.

The council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m. to hear from department heads on their budget recommendations and to discuss the budget.

North Regional Pond

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reported that the pond will require modifications in order to meet the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency storm water quality component of the permit. The pond has not sealed itself. He detailed three options to correct the problem. Two different liner options were very costly. The least costly option is to convert it to a dry pond with filtration. The pond meets the MPCA’s retention requirements. The estimated cost for the conversion is $35,000.

There was a discussion on how to pay for the conversion. The industrial park project is expected to cost about $30,000 less than bid. Hoffman was optimistic that half the cost of the pond modifications can be reimbursed through a DEED grant. Grabau said he should get quotes for fall work to be completed by November 1 or spring work to be completed by June 1. Approval was given to convert the pond to a dry pond with filtration and to get quotes for the work.

Public hearing, sidewalk replacements

Jim Bakken reviewed the projected costs and assessments for replacing the .....
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Jon W. Laging

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Jon W. Laging, 78, Preston, Minn., passed away Sunday morning, August 23, 2015, at his residence in Preston. Jon was born January 24, 1937, in Mountain Lake, Minn., the son of Werner and Marjorie (Rhoten) Laging. He was a 1955 graduate of Moun ..... 
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Preston resident has ties to Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Traditions of Preston resident Howard McFarland has never read the Little House on the Prairie series, but he knows all of the stories. Starting at the age of four, he heard them firsthand sitting on the knee of Laura Ingalls Wilder herself, who was ..... 
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Letter about Social Security...

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A recent newspaper said that Social Security was 80 years old this year. It got me to thinking about taking a look back and also up to the present. My father’s experience with S.S. was the beginning. My parents were farmers and ..... 
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Thomas Daniel Moe

Thu, Aug 20th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Thomas Daniel Moe, 82, of Rochester passed peacefully August 19, 2015 at Cottagewood Senior Communities in Rochester. Thomas was born on August 22, 1932 in Preston, Minnesota to Sam and Delia (Anderson) Moe. He attended schools in Preston graduat ..... 
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Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation provides loan to the Driftless Fly Fishing Company

Mon, Aug 17th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) recently approved funding from its Small Enterprise Loan Fund to The Driftless Fly Fishing Company LLC (Driftless), an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide service and supply store in Preston. Driftless ..... 
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Engagement - Bakke ~ Prinsen

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Jacob Prinsen and Rebecca Bakke were united in marriage on July 8, 2015, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They currently live in Aurora, Ill. Jacob is the son of Rick and Janet Prinsen of Greenleafton. Jacob graduated from Fillmore Central High School i ..... 
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40th class reunion

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

The Preston High School class of 1975 recently got together to celebrate their 40th class reunion. Enjoying each other’s company were, back row left to right: David Bushman, Donnette Ristau Vickse, Carla Bakalyar Slostad, Mary Bunge Docken, Steve ..... 
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Revolving loan approved for Preston Dairy and Farm

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator/utility general manager Joe Hoffman explained the earlier commitment made by Preston Public Utilities (PPU) to Preston Dairy and Farm at the city council’s August 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were a ..... 
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