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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 to be in agreement, contingent on environmental clean up, that the city will likely purchase the property for $100,000 payable over 10 years.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported that a Phase II study which will involve a more comprehensive soil investigation should be completed in May. The soil study will determine how much soil will have to be removed. The cost for the clean up is Dairy and Farm’s responsibility.

Wangen said all three entities, including Tourism, the Historical Society, and the National Trout Center have committed to moving forward with the project.

A kick-off event for the fund raising is planned for Friday, May 20, during Trout Days. She added that we need to reassure people that the city is on board. Councilman David Collett stated, “I think we’ve been on board from the beginning.” There are plans to have an open house at the Dairy and Farm/Riverside Center on May 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. The public can view the interior of the building and the plans to remake it.

The sponsorship plan identifies different levels for both corporate and individual sponsors. Sponsors will be recognized on plaques. Large sponsors will have a specific item that will recognize that sponsor. Craig explained that any funds raised will be kept in a special account, so they can be returned should the project not move forward.

Board of Appeal

and Equalization

Fillmore County property appraiser Heidi Knepper reviewed rules and duties of the council when faced with appeals. There were no appeals or comments from the public. Knepper made note of changes in assessment values affecting Preston.

The square foot house rate stayed level in the city of Preston. There was a slight decrease in the levy rate. Preston has some Ag land which saw significant decrease in value.

Ag land value decreases were even more significant for B and C tillable soils. There were also significant decreases in Ag land values for pasture, woods, waste, and seasonal recreational land. Decreases in Ag land values were consistent across the southeast Minnesota region.

The new construction total fo .....
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Exterior renovation of Preston City Hall

Mon, Apr 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Details, as to the kind of exterior maintenance work needed on the Preston City Hall/Library, were discussed at the city council’s April 4 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that there are four major ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation held 10th annual dinner and auction

Mon, Apr 4th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

On the evening of Monday, March 28, the Preston Area Community Foundation drew a crowd of nearly 200 local residents, business owners and community leaders to wine and dine at the Branding Iron atop the overlook of Preston. On the menu that evening ..... 
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Funding the Preston City Hall mural

Mon, Mar 28th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 21 meeting of the Preston City Council, Kay Spangler, representing the Preston Area Arts Council, updated plans and funding efforts for the 16 foot x 36 foot mural, “Get Hooked on Preston”. The mural is to be located on the north ..... 
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Manufactured home park green belt issue continues

Mon, Mar 14th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 7 meeting of the Preston City Council, there was a lengthy, contentious discussion concerning the city’s ordinance 152.04, which was approved in 1971. Specifically, discussion centered around the definition of a “green belt” and ..... 
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Up front funding an issue for Dairy and Farm reuse

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Once again, at the Preston City Council’s February 16 meeting, discussion of the possible purchase and reuse of the Dairy and Farm property was at the forefront. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the Phase I environmental study was compl ..... 
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Cost estimates for Dairy and Farm reuse

Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Preston city council members dicussed funding sources to pay expenses associated with the potential purchase and renovation of the Dairy and Farm property at their February 1 meeting. Plans are being made to renovate the 50- by 90-foot building to h ..... 
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Plan details for Dairy and Farm reuse

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Councilman Robert Maust updated the Preston City Council at their January 19 meeting, offering more detailed plans for use of the former Dairy and Farm building. If the city purchases and renovates the building, it will house the Historical Society, ..... 
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Preston’s resolution to request state bonding reignites an old dispute

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council met for the first time in 2016 on January 4. In this new year, an old controversy has resurfaced. On July 8, 2013, District Court Judge Jeffrey D.Thompson ruled that the proposed Preston to Forestville State Trail was neve ..... 
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