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Preston Foods loading dock


Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government



In a relatively brief meeting of the Preston City Council on March 2, a variance request from Brad Hoiness on behalf of Rush Properties was granted to build a loading dock back of the Preston Foods grocery store.

Planning and Zoning at a February 25 public hearing had recommended approval of the variance. The variance will allow a setback of 4 feet instead of the 20 feet required in the commercial downtown zone. The loading dock addition will be 10 feet by 25 feet. It will match the existing setback.

F & M Bank in a letter expressed support of the variance. Police Chief Matt Schultz did not think it would affect safe travel in the alley. City administrator Joe Hoffman noted the new loading dock will lesson the time that the street and alley are blocked during deliveries.

Public hearing

There were no comments from the public during a hearing on the nuisance removal of a tree. A dying tree located on 103 Valley St. W property was discussed at a February 2 Tree Board meeting. The Tree Board recommended removal of the tree. The city has made two attempts to contact the owner by letter with no response. The tree is hazardous and considered a risk to the public.

A resolution ordering the removal of the tree with the cost to be assessed in full against the property was approved. Jim Bakken, Public Works, expects the cost of removal to be between $500 and $1,000.

Other business in brief

•Tom Burke requested that the two lots he has purchased in Golfview Estate be consolidated. The lots are located on the north side of the intersection of Overlook Lane and Overlook Drive. He said his family plans to build a house this year. With a 40 foot by 40 foot attached garage the planned home will be long and fit more easily across the two lots which make up just short of one acre. His request was approved.

•Approval was given for the city to hire a summer helper to assist with maintenance work, including cutting grass and weeds, spraying, painting curbs, and filling potholes. Bakken said the city cost for the summer helper was just over $3,000 last year. The city has budgeted $5,000 for the summer hire. The city Utility also hires a summer helper.

Preston renews housing incentives

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At a relatively brief meeting of the city council on February 17 the Preston housing incentives were renewed for 2015 as recommended by the Economic Development Authority. The incentive program is a partnership between Preston EDA, Preston Public ..... 
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Informational signage for Preston discussed

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Revisiting an old issue about the need for lighting on Preston’s south entrance sign morphed into a discussion about an informational sign to direct visitors downtown during the February 2 meeting of the Preston City Council. Jim Bakken, Public ..... 
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Preston Community Foundation took center stage at PACC annual meeting

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Will Mensink, representing the Preston Area Community Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at the Branding Iron in Preston. Mensink addressed an audience of app ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Preston discusses possible meeting schedule changes

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The regular meeting time for the Preston City Council was discussed at the January 5 meeting. Re-elected Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilmen Charles Sparks and Robert Maust recited the oath of office as they began their new terms. Reicks said they ..... 
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2014, a busy year in Preston

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston city council at their December 15 meeting, the last in 2014, concluded its business for the year. City administrator Joe Hoffman maintained that this has been a very busy year with a number of different projects. The largest of these b ..... 
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Preston approves 2015 budget revisions

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented information on the 2015 budget and levy to the public at the December 2 council meeting, allowing for a public comment period as required by state law. One resident attended, but didn’t comment during the ..... 
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Preston adopts assessment roll for 2014 improvements

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The public hearing concerning assessments due to the Twenty-14 Street and Utility Improvements was held on November 17 during the Preston city council meeting. Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the 2014 improvements that involved a substantial por ..... 
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