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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 will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. No work is expected on Sundays or holidays. Construction should be substantially completed by October 13. Hoffman said the public will be kept informed as construction moves forward.

Discussion moved on to the North Industrial Park street and utility improvements. At the time of the meeting, Hoffman had not yet been notified as to whether or not the city will receive Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant funds. The business development infrastructure grant could pay up to 50 percent of the cost of extending water and electricity to the Industrial Park. Proceeds from the grant if awarded are estimated to exceed $300,000.

At the April 7 meeting Brett Grabau, Stantec, presented a feasibility report on infrastructure plans for the North Industrial Park which included a collection pond covering 1.9 acres. Councilman Robert Maust suggested it would make sense to have the collection or retention pond on the east side of Highway 52 further down the hill to allow for more development in the park. Members of the council were generally in favor of having the pond on the east side of the highway. Grabau said at the April 7 meeting that it was theoretically possible to have the pond on the east side of the highway, but it would be more expensive.

Hoffman said they have to make a decision as to where the pond will be located, adding the quickest option is to place the pond in the Industrial Park as originally proposed. Maust wanted to have the city engineer go ahead with a plan without the pond in the Industrial Park. Councilman Charles Sparks said until we know whether or not we will get the DEED grant, we should wait, adding “until it is approved there is no guarantee we will get the money.” Mayor Kurt Reicks commented that if the grant doesn’t come through, we will have to look at other options.

Hoffman said they should hear about the grant later this week or next week.

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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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Preston City Council approves purchase of police car

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz requested the Preston City Council’s approval for purchasing a new police car. The request was approved. “The 2007 is in dire need of replacement,” said Schultz. The new police car is a 2014 Chevy Impala, the co ..... 
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