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Preston discusses 2016 budget


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jacob Ristau, Preston’s newest police officer, is sworn in by councilman Charles Sparks. Photo by Karen Reisner

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented the 2016 budget reflecting departmental requests at the city council’s August 25 meeting. This first draft shows a 9.11% increase in the levy, or an approximate increase of $69,000. Each percent of increase equals about $7,500.

Local Government Aid is anticipated to be $496,379, which is an increase of $491. Bond payments for the Twenty-14 Improvements and the North Industrial Park are largely driving the projected increase in the levy. Mayor Kurt Reicks acknowledged that the public is anticipating an increase due to the Twenty-14 project.

Hoffman located a spreadsheet from September 2014 where an anticipated 9.41% increase in the levy would be needed in 2016 to meet bond payments from the Twenty-14 project.

Hoffman said this draft is very preliminary. Councilman Robert Maust asked for updated market values in the city to see how costs will be split up. It was the consensus of the council to try to shave off a little of the increase. An increase of 7% in health care costs is figured in. That increase may be less, but actual figures will not be available until later in the fall.

The council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, September 10 at 8:30 a.m. to hear from department heads on their budget recommendations and to discuss the budget.

North Regional Pond

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reported that the pond will require modifications in order to meet the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency storm water quality component of the permit. The pond has not sealed itself. He detailed three options to correct the problem. Two different liner options were very costly. The least costly option is to convert it to a dry pond with filtration. The pond meets the MPCA’s retention requirements. The estimated cost for the conversion is $35,000.

There was a discussion on how to pay for the conversion. The industrial park project is expected to cost about $30,000 less than bid. Hoffman was optimistic that half the cost of the pond modifications can be reimbursed through a DEED grant. Grabau said he should get quotes for fall work to be completed by November 1 or spring work to be completed by June 1. Approval was given to convert the pond to a dry pond with filtration and to get quotes for the work.

Public hearing, sidewalk replacements

Jim Bakken reviewed the projected costs and assessments for replacing the .....
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Revolving loan approved for Preston Dairy and Farm

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator/utility general manager Joe Hoffman explained the earlier commitment made by Preston Public Utilities (PPU) to Preston Dairy and Farm at the city council’s August 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were a ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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