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Preston Fire Relief Association retirement increase


Mon, Aug 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Fire Chief Dave Keene and treasurer Dustin Arndt made the case for a $100 per year increase in Fire Relief Association retirement at the council’s August 1 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were absent.

The mayor and city administrator were appointed to the Fire Relief Association Board per state rules.

The $100 increase was approved and will raise retirement to $1,600 per year of service after a fireman is fully vested. This is average for the state of Minnesota.

Arndt explained that after 10 years of service, a fireman is vested and is to receive 50% and another 5% each year of service there after until he has 20 years of service and is fully vested. When a fireman retires, he receives a lump sum payment based on years of service.

The last increase of $200 was made in 2014. City administrator Joe Hoffman said this increase wouldn’t change the city’s contribution this year. However, if markets were to tank, it could cause a need for a mandatory contribution.

SMMPA

The Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency is the city’s wholesale electric provider. Hoffman pointed out that there was a joint meeting with Preston Public Utilities on May 10 about amending the SMMPA agency agreement. It has been unchanged since 1977. He expects the PPU will approve the amended agreement on August 9.

Rochester and Austin are among the 18-member municipal utilities. Sixteen members have signed agreements to extend contracts through 2050. Rochester and Austin will end their memberships in 2030, but would like to jointly own some assets post 2030. They want the option to pursue their own generating sources and other purchasing options. The amended agreement presented allows for this arrangement.

Councilman Robert Maust questioned whether this agreement is good for the rest of us. Hoffman said we don’t want to jeopardize any projects that are being built now; the costs are being shared by Rochester and Austin.

A motion was approved to table this issue until more council members are present and more information is provided.

Other business in brief

• An agreement with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was approved. It allows the city’s police department and officers to access the Minnesota Criminal Justice Data and Communication Networks. The agreement was last approved in 2011 and .....
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Mobile home park greenbelt issue continues

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the July 19 meeting of the Preston City Council, this issue was again raised by Scott Springer, attorney for Kerry Soiney. The complaint has been made to the city council several times over the last couple of years. Mobile home park owner Tim Joh ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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