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Preston to negotiate with Mediacom


Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

At the July 5 meeting of the Preston City Council, City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported that the Mediacom franchise agreement will expire on April 23, 2019. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Mediacom can initiate a renewal process three years prior to expiration of the agreement. They have started that process. The current 15 year agreement was approved in 2004. Federal law provides for formal proceedings or informal negotiations.

Hoffman explained the city’s process is to identify needs and deficiencies, agree on terms, draft language, and finally approve an agreement. He recommended using the informal process which may include a public hearing. Hoffman would encourage people to submit comments.

One possibility to be considered is a public access channel that could run local sporting events, church services, other public events and meetings.

A motion to proceed with an informal process with Mediacom was approved.

Small Cities

Development Grant

The council adopted policies and programs for administration of the Small Cities Development Grant. Hoffman said these policies need to be in place to accept the grant, adding that they are and have been in place since the last grant was accepted.

The EDA recommended approval of four items which will supplement the grant funds which are for residential and commercial projects. This will allow the grant funds to go further. The council approved an amendment to the terms for Commercial Loans, accepted a Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) award of revolving loan funds in the amount of $150,000, accepted loan terms for GMHF loans, and accepted an offer of support from F & M Bank for low interest financing.

The use of these loan funds are intended to improve the commercial and rental buildings in downtown Preston. GMHF funds are to be used to assist building owners to renovate existing or to create new rental units for low and moderate income renters.

Other business in brief

• The EDA recommends to sell the two parcels at the Preston Industrial Park for a welding business for $50,000 in cash or for $70,000 to be paid over 15 years at 0% interest. Shamiah Womeldorf has expressed interest in the two parcels of about one acre each. He intends to build a 60 foot x 80 foot steel building.

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Preston 2016 sealcoating project

Mon, Jun 27th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Public Works director Jim Bakken presented a proposal for the 2016 street sealcoating project at the city council’s June 21 meeting. Bakken had listed streets in the proposal at three levels of priority, noting that a lot of th ..... 
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Sheriff’s Office receives TZD outstanding agency award

Mon, Jun 20th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner At the June 14 county board meeting, the Office of Traffic Safety Law Enforcement Liaison Scott McConkey presented the outstanding agency equipment award to Patrol Sergeant Derek Fuglestad and Sheriff Tom Kaase. McConkey noted th ..... 
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County appoints interim auditor/treasurer, makes structural changes

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner Much of the June 7 meeting of the county board was dominated by discussion related to the future of the auditor/treasurer office and staff. Carrie Huffman was appointed as interim A/T. She has been employed by the county as an ac ..... 
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Preston approves TIF District for B & B Bowl

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown & Associates, reviewed the tax increment financing plan for TIF District no. 9 at Preston’s June 6 council meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent. Public hearings were held for both the esta ..... 
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You choose: elect or appoint

Mon, Jun 13th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County commissioners are considering putting two questions on the November ballot to let the people decide. They will consider a resolution for referenda at their June 14 meeting. The questions could read “Shall the office of auditor/tre ..... 
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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. T ..... 
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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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