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Preston wraps up details for North Industrial Park


Fri, Jul 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council worked through an unusually long agenda at their July 21 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

A public hearing was held related to the proposed utility improvements for the North Industrial Park. Brett Grabau, Stantec, explained that a 10 inch water main and 8 inch sanitary sewer are to be extended to serve properties north of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52. These services will include the installation of fire hydrants. The improvements will also be extended to the proposed commercial lots south of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52.

Assessments at the rate of approximately 27.4 percent of the cost are expected for those property owners of parcels north of Highway 16. Due to these proposed assessments, a public hearing was required. There were no comments from the public.

The total estimated cost of the utility improvements north of Highway 16 is $283,221. The Utility Commission (city) is to cover about $14,000 because of an oversized utility for future expansion. The DEED funding will pay $140,000. The remaining $129,117 is to be split three ways between estimated assessments to Preston Dairy and Farm ($38,735) and Gehling ($38,735) and the balance to the Utility Commission ($51,647).

The council unanimously adopted three resolutions including the order for the utility improvements and for a preparation of plans and specs (completed), the approval of the plans and the advertisement for bids for the North Industrial utility improvements, and a document which reserves the right for the city to reimburse itself with bond proceeds. City Administrator Joe Hoffman expects they will have either a 10 or 15-year bond which will also be the time period allowed for the assessments to be paid.

Purchase of Land

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann noted that the EDA has had an option agreement with Bob Doherty for up to 8 acres south of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52. Rockny Moger had a prior agreement for 2 acres which tied up those two acres. The council unanimously voted to exercise their option for the remaining 4.32 acres for a total of 6.32 acres.

The preliminary/final plat of these acres for the industrial park was approved. Grabau noted that a minimal number of acres will be purchased, those that are most buildable. A public hearing had been held at Planning and Zoning to get feedback from the public.

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Preston approves bond sale for 2014 street projects

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 7 Preston City Council meeting, Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, informed the council that the city’s favorable “AA/Stable” Standard and Poor’s rating had been reaffirmed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The city ..... 
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North Preston regional pond planned

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the feasibility report for a North Regional Pond at the Preston City Council’s June 16 meeting. Early in April when Grabau discussed the details of the feasibility study for the proposed North Industrial Park, se ..... 
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Preston to receive DEED grants

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced at the city council’s June 2 meeting that the city had just received notification of grant awards from DEED (Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development). Mayor Kurt Reicks and Councilman Da ..... 
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Preston endorses Root River restoration project

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the plans for the restoration project at the council’s May 19 meeting. Trout Unlimited requested the city’s endorsement for their plans to improve Root River access for anglers on land owned by the city o ..... 
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Preston street construction to start after Trout Days

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council May 5 meeting, City Administrator Joe Hoffman provided updates on the Twenty-14 and Industrial Park projects. Contractors are expected to start Twenty-14 street projects on May 19. Construction for the street projects w ..... 
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Preston’s new industrial park to go forward

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, presented information related to the plan for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 8 at the Preston City Council’s April 21 meeting. Three public hearings were held related to the industrial park, includi ..... 
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Preston reviews industrial park feasibility study

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau, Stantec, presented his feasibility report for the North Industrial Park and utility improvements at the Preston City Council’s April 7 meeting. Preston attended to an unusually long agenda involving four public hearings ..... 
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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8. If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of th ..... 
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