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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 fiscal agent for the bonding requested from the state for the NTC. A resolution to reaffirm this support and stating that the NTC “will create a significant and positive impact on the local economy and general welfare of the city, the region, and the state of Minnesota” was approved with a simple majority. Councilmen David Collett and Robert Maust voted nay.

The resolution of support is to be taken to the state legislature in an effort to be included in the 2014 state bonding bill. The NTC is requesting $3.5 million to be used to acquire the site, to complete any necessary demolition and preparation of the site, and to build the NTC facility.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the city, as the fiscal agent, would receive the funding and see to the construction of the building. The city would own the building and the property it sits on. The city would have no fiscal responsibility in the acquisition of the land, preparation of the site, or the construction of the facility.

Councilmen David Collett and Robert Maust were concerned about the ability of the NTC to support itself in its day to day operations once the facility is built. Maust insisted that the NTC hasn’t shown us how they could operate and maintain the NTC. He stated that they need to have a plan to support it once it is built. Maust was concerned about all the “unknowns,” adding that he didn’t believe the NTC had the financial support or the ability to raise money to maintain and operate a project of this size.

Dwight Luhmann, City Attorney and Chairman of the Preston EDA, noted that a feasibility study had been done. He also agreed that fund raising is an issue.

Mayor Kurt Reicks responded that in his opinion this is a way to move forward, to acquire the property and to build the facility.

Councilmen David Harrison and Charles Sparks voted yea and David Collett and Robert Maust voted nay. Reicks broke the tie with a yea vote, adopting the resolution.

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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

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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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Preston’s goals and hopes for the future

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Preston is taking a look at where it is and where it wants to go in the future. A second workshop meeting to develop a comprehensive plan was open to the public on January 8. It was well attended by about 50 officials, business people, and resident ..... 
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Preston approves feasibility study

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

At the December 16 Preston city council meeting a feasibility study to determine the cost of infrastructure for a future industrial park on the Robert Doherty property south of the intersection of Highways 16 and 52 was approved contingent on an opt ..... 
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Preston City Council approves Preston Emergency Service to purchase

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Preston Emergency Service receives $2,500 grant from AGSTAR. Preston Emergency used the grant along with funds given by Preston Fire Department to Purchase a Masimo Rad-57 Carbon Monoxide Oximeter. This device is able to read oxygen levels and carbo ..... 
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Bond rating upgrade for Preston

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced good news for the city at the council’s December 3 meeting. Standard and Poors in a random review raised the city’s bond rating from AA- to AA (stable). This is especially good news as the city is plann ..... 
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