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Preston works through property issues


Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Numerous items on the August 4 Preston City Council agenda involved property issues. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Lot 1 (2.14 acres) of the Northwest Industrial Park is expected to be purchased by Rockny Moger, Bluff Country Manufacturing. The proposal from the city was to rezone this lot from B-2 Highway Commercial to I-1 Industrial. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the city generally tries to avoid spot zoning, but it is expected here. Planning and Zoning held a public hearing and recommended approval. The council approved the rezoning of Lot 1 to I-1.

Trish Keating had requested a variance to spit her lot on Valley St. NE into two lots, providing a second buildable lot. Her home is on the north side of the parcel. The parcel is 120 foot x 120 foot and splitting it will result in two parcels each 60 x 120. The city ordinance requires a minimum of 8,000 square feet and these two parcels would only be 7,200 square feet each. P and Z held a public hearing and recommended approval of the split. The council approved both the variance for the smaller lot size and the lot split into two parcels.

Andy Bahl and Karen Haugerud wanted to know if a consolidation of two lots of the Golfview Estates could potentially be approved. They are considering purchasing a couple of these lots when they become available at the tax forfeiture auction in the next month or so. P and Z recommended that the council look favorably on the consolidation of a couple of lots. The council could not approve a consolidation this day as Bahl and Haugerud do not own the lots. If they purchase the lots and apply to eliminate a lot line the council indicated that they would probably be supportive. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted that one larger house on two lots could add a similar amount to the city’s tax base as two smaller homes each on a separate lot. The lot lines were originally drawn for twin homes.

Laurice Kneeskern described the issue she has encountered with the sale of her property on Winona St. A potential buyer’s realtor has been working with Greg Schwarz to get an accurate property map. Her house may be in part on another property. Hoffman said vacating what is left of Winona St. will not entirely solve the problem. Kneeskern noted that part of Winona St. was vacated in 1957. The survey of the property had been done incorrectly. Hoffman said the situation might be resolved with quick claim deeds, adding a correctio .....
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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, St ..... 
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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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