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Preston 2016 sealcoating project


Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

Public Works director Jim Bakken presented a proposal for the 2016 street sealcoating project at the city council’s June 21 meeting.

Bakken had listed streets in the proposal at three levels of priority, noting that a lot of the streets in town are in need of rehabilitation. If just the top priority streets were sealcoated, he expected the cost to be about $100,000. The sealcoating of all three levels will total about $200,000. Bakken maintained that preventative maintenance is well worth the money, prolonging street life.

Crack filling will cost $7,000 to $8,000. Public Works employees will do the work themselves for the first time. The county is willing to rent their equipment to the city for crack filling. Bakken said doing it themselves will definitely result in savings.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said there is adequate funding available to do all the proposed work. Total expenses for seal coating/crack filling including curb replacement is estimated to be $220,000.

The total fund balance in the street maintenance reserve is $389,425. Hoffman maintained that paying for this project and transferring $68,110 to the street equipment reserve will leave over $100,000 in the street maintenance reserve at the end of 2016. The transfer of funds into the street equipment reserve is to provide adequate funding for a new plow truck, two new V-plows, and a park mower expected to be necessary purchases before the end of 2017. The street equipment reserve with the 2017 contribution will have $116,890 before adding the $68,110 for a total of $185,000.

Councilman David Collett said we should try to extend the life of the streets we have as much as possible. Councilman Robert Maust added that it is our responsibility to see that city streets are maintained. We have fallen behind and are playing catch up. Councilman Charles Sparks said there have to be savings in doing it all at once.

A motion was unanimously approved to do all the proposed seal coating and crack filling.

Mural

Kay Spangler updated the council on the City Hall/Library Mural project. Spangler said all the funding is in place. Southeastern Libraries Cooperating gave $6,000 plus some employee pay and advertising. A grant in the amount of $10,000 was received from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. Funds were raised from other multiple sources to make th .....
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Sheriff’s Office receives TZD outstanding agency award

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner At the June 14 county board meeting, the Office of Traffic Safety Law Enforcement Liaison Scott McConkey presented the outstanding agency equipment award to Patrol Sergeant Derek Fuglestad and Sheriff Tom Kaase. McConkey noted th ..... 
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County appoints interim auditor/treasurer, makes structural changes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Much of the June 7 meeting of the county board was dominated by discussion related to the future of the auditor/treasurer office and staff. Carrie Huffman was appointed as interim A/T. She has been employed by the county as an ac ..... 
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Preston approves TIF District for B & B Bowl

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown & Associates, reviewed the tax increment financing plan for TIF District no. 9 at Preston’s June 6 council meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent. Public hearings were held for both the esta ..... 
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You choose: elect or appoint

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County commissioners are considering putting two questions on the November ballot to let the people decide. They will consider a resolution for referenda at their June 14 meeting. The questions could read “Shall the office of auditor/tre ..... 
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Roof options for Preston City Hall

Mon, May 30th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the May 16 Preston City Council meeting, options to repair and/or replace the roof on city hall was discussed. Architect Terry Grubbs had given estimates for needed exterior work on the building, which he suggested be completed in three phases. T ..... 
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Rep. Davids announces deed grant for city of Preston

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

ST. PAUL – State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) announces that the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has awarded the City of Preston a $615,000 Small Cities Development Program grant. “I’d like to congratul ..... 
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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, ..... 
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Fund-raising plans for Riverside Center

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Preston Historical Society president Sheila Craig and Tourism director Sarah Wangen proposed sponsorship levels to raise money for renovation of the former Dairy and Farm building at the city council’s April 18 meeting. The city council appears ..... 
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