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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 for a Small Cities Block Grant, a DEED grant, for commercial rehabilitation. The $300 cost associated with submitting the grant application will come out of the EDA Fund. The grant program will aid in the renovation of downtown Preston.

The city has $74,000 in Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) revolving funds. MIF funds are awarded to local units of government which provide loans to assist expanding businesses. The council approved the use of these funds to satisfy the 20% private contribution required. As a revolving loan, payment of this money will be paid back to the city for another program in the future.

A second part of the Small Cities Block Grant is the apartment rehabilitation program. This program “would offer rental property owners the opportunity to apply for the rental housing rehab loan program.” Approval was given for the EDA to apply for Greater Minnesota Housing Revolving Loan Funds to be used to satisfy the 20% private match for the apartment rental rehabilitation program. The $700 (1%) origination fee for the application will be paid out of the EDA Fund.

North Regional Pond

Brett Grabau, Stantec, explained that the pond is not in compliance with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) regulations because it is not holding water as it was designed to do. The pond is designed to hold water during large rain events treating the runoff through settlement before being released though the outlet structure. Grabau expects that water permeates through a karst feature.

Grabau offered three options to alter the pond to meet MPCA regulations and to protect the karst, including a synthetic liner, clay liner, or the conversion of the pond to a dry pond with filtration. The conversion to a dry pond will be by far the least costly fix, estimated to cost $35,000. The MPCA has agreed to this fix. Stantec recommended that the city move forward with the dry pond plan. There is the possibility that the pond could repair itself given enough time, but not likely in the near future.

A contract with A-1 for the industrial park project is expected to come in about $30,000 less than the base bid which could offset the c .....
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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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Informational signage for Preston discussed

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Revisiting an old issue about the need for lighting on Preston’s south entrance sign morphed into a discussion about an informational sign to direct visitors downtown during the February 2 meeting of the Preston City Council. Jim Bakken, Public ..... 
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Preston Community Foundation took center stage at PACC annual meeting

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Will Mensink, representing the Preston Area Community Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at the Branding Iron in Preston. Mensink addressed an audience of app ..... 
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