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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. These estimates were reviewed at the last meeting.

Grubbs suggested reroofing the building in Phase 1. He initially suggested replacing about one-third of the roof, the west end at a cost of $67,565. The rest of the roof could be fixed with some repairs.

At the May 2 meeting, the council directed City Administrator Joe Hoffman to ask Grubbs to provide estimated costs on different options to replace the entire roof.

Three options have now been provided by Grubbs to replace the entire roof. Option 1) a rubber roof estimated to cost $146,000. Option 2) a metal roof estimated to cost $246,688. Grubbs suggested this option will require an additional structural engineering cost of $10,000. Option 3) similar to the first option with a pitch roof area behind the main entry of the library to be shingled with metal shingles. This option is estimated to cost $154,104.

Hoffman explained that a peaked roof that extends over the side was not advisable in the opinion of the architect.

Hoffman said the first decision the council will have to make is whether to replace the entire roof or to just replace the west end as first recommended by Grubbs and repair the other two-thirds of the roof area.

Councilman Robert Maust stated that he would like Hoffman to get a second opinion. No action was taken this day.

Other business in brief

• Approval was given to pay for the replacement of an opener which failed on the main double door (22 feet x 14 feet) on the city shop. Also, replacement of the opener on the east end door which is in poor condition was approved. The total cost of the two openers is $2,800. Half will be paid for by the Preston Public Utility.

• EMS week was proclaimed, May 15-21.

Preston Emergency Service annual fund raiser dinner will be held May 20 at the Preston Emergency Service Building.

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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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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