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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 or the Minnesota DNR.

Trout Unlimited will apply for funding from the state through the Outdoor Heritage Legacy Grant (sales tax money) to make improvements along 1.25 miles of the Root River from the south bridge to Camp Creek. The money will be used to stabilize the banks, to remove weedy tree species and reduce erosion, to install ADA compliant and safer accesses for fishermen, and to install in-stream habitat.

The National Trout Center developed the cooperative agreement with Minnesota Trout Unlimited and the DNR.

The city is expected to contribute some in-kind work (helping with tree removal) and to permit work to be done on its property. The city will not contribute to the funding of the project. The council agreed to participate endorsing the project.

Industrial Park

A couple of unanswered questions concerning the Industrial Park to be located south and west of the intersection of Highways 52 and 16 north of town created considerable discussion. DEED has not given the city an answer on their grant request to help pay for necessary infrastructure for the park and won’t until after the governor signs the bonding bill which has been approved by both the state house and senate.

The other hurdle seems to be the location of a retention pond. Members of the council do not like the idea of the pond being located in the industrial park area as it would take over an acre of space on the developable site and not add to the attractiveness of the area.

City Engineer Brett Grabau explained other options which would be considerably more expensive and would require a willing seller of private property and/or MnDOT approval. One site being considered would drain a much larger area requiring considerably more capacity. Grabau maintained that treating on site as was recommended in the original plan is the most economical option.

Councilman Robert Maust suggested that creating a retention pond on private property that would drain many times as many acres would cost more now but would serve the city better years down the road.

Mayor Kurt Reicks commented that he has been hearing concerns from residents over pl .....
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Preston street construction to start after Trout Days

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council May 5 meeting, City Administrator Joe Hoffman provided updates on the Twenty-14 and Industrial Park projects. Contractors are expected to start Twenty-14 street projects on May 19. Construction for the street projects w ..... 
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Preston’s new industrial park to go forward

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, presented information related to the plan for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District 8 at the Preston City Council’s April 21 meeting. Three public hearings were held related to the industrial park, includi ..... 
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Preston reviews industrial park feasibility study

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau, Stantec, presented his feasibility report for the North Industrial Park and utility improvements at the Preston City Council’s April 7 meeting. Preston attended to an unusually long agenda involving four public hearings ..... 
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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8. If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of th ..... 
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Fragmented support for NTC’s request to get state bonding

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

A resolution was adopted at the Preston City Council’s March 3 meeting to reaffirm its support of the National Trout Center (NTC) building project. In 2012 a unanimous resolution was approved stating that the City of Preston will serve as the fi ..... 
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Plans for Preston street improvements move forward

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau presented plans and specifications for the large 2014 street and utility improvement project at the city council’s February 18 meeting. Also, a hearing was held regarding the CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) improvements plann ..... 
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Public hearing set for CSAH 17 project

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Possible assessment levels were discussed concerning the CSAH 17 project at the Preston City Council’s February 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Fillmore County has proposed the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of the portion of CSA ..... 
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Preston supports current Renewable Fuel Standard

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their January 21 meeting authorized City Administrator Joe Hoffman to draft a letter on behalf of the city council to the Environmental Protection Agency to be signed by Mayor Kurt Reicks asking for continued support for h ..... 
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