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Preston maintains favorable rating


Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston city council’s October 20 meeting, the sale of a general obligation bond was approved to finance utility extensions and improvements for the Industrial Park. Councilmen David Harrison and Charles Sparks were absent.

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, reported that Standard and Poor’s had reaffirmed the city’s AA/Stable rating, which is “fantastic for a city of your size”. Two bids for the bond sale had been received this day. The more favorable bid for the $640,000 bond sale was submitted by Northland Securities, Inc., with a net interest rate of 2.74 percent. The bond is to be repaid over 15 years.

Bubany noted the interest rate was slightly better than projected and will save the city $5,000 in interest over the life of the bond.

Reintroduction of Horses

The council again discussed the request from John and Bernice Penrose to reintroduce two horses on their property located at 624 Fillmore St. At the last council meeting, the possibility of changing the farm animal ordinance 91.04 was discussed. After considerable debate, staff was directed to research this kind of ordinance.

City administrator Joe Hoffman has since looked at several other area cities and their related ordinances. Harmony has exactly the same language. Chatfield requires property be zoned agricultural, rural residential. Spring Valley allows farm animals only if land is zoned agricultural. St. Charles limits animals within the city to traditional household pets. Eyota allows farm animals on agricultural land only.

The council seemed to have no interest in changing the ordinance requirement for the size of the lot from 10 acres to 1.5 acres or reducing the setback of the animal shelter from the property line from 300 feet to 50 feet. The changes would have allowed the Penrose family to have the two horses on their property.

Hoffman said there has to be a line drawn between urban and residential. Mayor Kurt Reicks noted that the city ordinances are available on the city’s web page. He added that three citizens have talked to him about the issue since the last meeting and their concern was a potential odor problem.

Bernice Penrose again asked if they leased additional land would it make a difference. City attorney Dwight Luhmann said he felt there are issues with a lease and additional land would still not deal with the required 300 foot setback of .....
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Preston Sets Alley Assessment Policy

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

An addition to Preston’s assessment policy was approved at the city council’s October 6 meeting. About three weeks earlier, requests for several possible alley improvements had been discussed. Councilman David Harrison was absent. At that time ..... 
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Preston Sets Preliminary Levy

Mon, Sep 15th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 15 meeting unanimously passed a resolution setting the 2015 preliminary levy. The 2015 levy increase may be as much as 6.94 percent. In December when the final levy/budget is approved this increase may be ..... 
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Preston 2015 budget discussed

Mon, Aug 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their August 20 meeting discussed options the city has to limit the levy increase in 2015. Councilman David Harrison was absent. City Administrator Joe Hoffman introduced the discussion draft for the 2015 budget which re ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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