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Preston 2015 sidewalk improvements


Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, discussed proposed sidewalk replacements at the July 20 council meeting. Councilman Robert Maust was absent at the 8 a.m. meeting.

Bakken recommended replacing the sidewalk on the south side of Vesterheim Apartments along Kansas St. Pedestrian ramps are in the plans to be added on both sides of Chatfield St. This section of sidewalk is used as the school emergency exit route to Christ Lutheran Church.

The addition of the pedestrian ramps will allow all students and staff to use the shortest emergency exit route. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $7,215. The city’s portion will be $5,152.50. Assessments will include $250 to the school and $1,812.50 to Vesterheim Apartments for a total of $2,062.50. The city’s portion includes the cost of the pedestrian ramps and necessary curb replacements associated with the ramps; these costs are not assessed to property owners.

Bakken said the project is slightly over budget for 2015 sidewalk replacements, which is $5,000. The improvement project was approved. City administrator Joe Hoffman noted that Bakken does an annual assessment of city sidewalks, a policy that was adopted by the council several years ago. The city makes the improvements it can with the funds available.

Other business in brief

Hoffman reported that the city’s group health insurance is purchased through Southeast Service Cooperative (SSC). This group health fund is a collaboration of several cities, counties, and school districts. Preston has received a claims margin refund in the amount of $11,723 because the number of claims in 2014 were significantly below expectations. Preston employees are on a Blue Cross plan which bills the service coop.

Hoffman said this is great news, as it follows a healthy year for Preston employees. He presented several options for the disbursement of these funds. The check is made out to the city and could all go into the General Fund or 15% could be divided among the city’s 14 employees. Hoffman asked for a few weeks to allow department heads to weigh in on how best to use the money.

Councilman David Collett suggested it be put toward next year’s insurance premium. Hoffman said another option could be ‘seed’ money for health care savings accounts to help with deductibles. The issue was tabled.

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Preston approves street maintenance plan

Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, outlined the 2015 plan for crack filling and seal coating numerous streets within the city at the July 6 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Two quotes had been submitted for the project. Bakken recommended the ..... 
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Preston approves EDA recommendations

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, recommended that the city move forward with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) applications at the June 16 city council meeting. The council approved the application ..... 
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Preston questions timeliness of MnDot invoice

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

An invoice from MnDot requesting final payment for work related to the 2005 Highway 52 reconstruction project was once again discussed at the May 18 Preston City Council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Preston received a final payme ..... 
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Preston’s 2014 audit

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Pam Ristau, CPA, summarized her examination of Preston’s 2014 financial accounts at the May 4 city council meeting. As auditor she issued an unqualified opinion to the city for its 2014 financial statements, saying everything is in order. Many c ..... 
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Total estimated market value in Preston up nearly 10 percent

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County appraiser Heidi Knepper briefed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting on assessed property value changes in Preston and the county. No one from the public was in attendance for the 2015 Local Board of Appeal and Equaliza ..... 
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Housing incentive applications approved

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the April 6 Preston City Council meeting three applications for 2015 housing incentives were approved. The incentive program is a partnership between the Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), Preston Public Utilities, city government, and ..... 
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Preston Foods loading dock

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

In a relatively brief meeting of the Preston City Council on March 2, a variance request from Brad Hoiness on behalf of Rush Properties was granted to build a loading dock back of the Preston Foods grocery store. Planning and Zoning at a Februar ..... 
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Preston renews housing incentives

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At a relatively brief meeting of the city council on February 17 the Preston housing incentives were renewed for 2015 as recommended by the Economic Development Authority. The incentive program is a partnership between Preston EDA, Preston Public ..... 
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