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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 by consensus it was decided to authorize the city attorney and engineer to draft a proposal for an alley assessment policy different from the street assessment policy. City administrator Joe Hoffman introduced a draft for additional language to be added to the city’s assessment policy this day without the percent being filled in. “Property owners may petition for the reconstruction or improvement of alleys. The City will assess 100 percent of the costs associated with alley improvements to all lots abutting the alley in the block being improved. Corner, second, and third side assessment reductions shall not apply to alley assessments.”

After some discussion, it was decided to accept the policy as written with the 100 percent assessment number. This is different from street assessment policy which is assessed at 40 percent, with the city paying 60 percent. Hoffman said the city will provide upkeep for alleys, but mill and overlay or reconstruction would be the responsibility of the property owners. Property owners can petition for improvements or reconstruction of their alley. If 35 percent of property owners sign a petition, the council will be obligated to consider the improvement. All property owners affected would be notified and they could express their opinion. The council has the option to approve or deny any petition. Councilman Robert Maust suggested if 60 percent want the improvement, the city should do it.

Hoffman questioned whether the policy should apply to the alley reconstruction requested by Phil Milne. Milne had requested the repair of the north end of the alley where it connects with Cottage Grove Ave. Mayor Kurt Reicks said to do it right, it will have to be reconstructed. Milne asked what happens if property owners don’t want it done, but the city does?

Request to Reintroduce Horses

John and Bernice Penrose requested that they be allowed to have two horses (for their two daughters) on their property at 624 Fillmore St. East. Bernice noted they had previously had a horse on the property for two years, but not for at least the last two years. They have since fenced the property and renovated the existing, older barn. .....
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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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Preston endorses Root River restoration project

Mon, May 26th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the plans for the restoration project at the council’s May 19 meeting. Trout Unlimited requested the city’s endorsement for their plans to improve Root River access for anglers on land owned by the city o ..... 
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