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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 associated with Dairy & Farm and Gehling developments north of Highway 16 and west of Highway 52.

The North Industrial Park is to be located in the southwest quadrant of the Highway 16 and Highway 52 interchange. Grabau noted that a couple of businesses are interested in breaking ground this summer in the proposed North Industrial Park. The possible commercial/industrial development of the two interested businesses combined with the possible annexation of the Dairy & Farm and Gehling properties has brought about utility extension discussions by the EDA and the Utility Commission. The feasibility of the extension of utilities to serve parcels on both sides of Highway 16 was part of the study. There would also need to be improvement to a proposed roadway for the Industrial Park. Access would be off Golfview Drive setback off of Highway 16 for the Industrial Park.

Storm water improvements will be a large part of the development. Grabau explained that with the additional hard surfaces, storm and water retention will be required. He proposed a retention pond requiring 1.19 acres of the Industrial Park.

Councilman Robert Maust suggested the collection pond be moved to property on the other side of Highway 52 to reduce land usage, which is limited in the proposed Industrial Park. There is potentially room for only three lots, possibly just two. He insisted that run off could be controlled without a pond on the top of a hill. Grabau agreed that theoretically Maust’s suggestion would be possible, but more expensive.

Mayor Kurt Reicks was in favor of moving the placement of the retention pond saying it would be great to get the pond out of the industrial area, adding the pond would be further out of town. Reicks said that with the Veterans Cemetery coming, our vision of Preston has to be different than seeing three weedy ponds when coming into town. He maintained that citizens are not pleased with the two Highway 52 ponds that we already have.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman commented that we are assuming costs are the same to treat water off site as on site. Grabau was in the end directed to look into another option for the storm water containment pond, .....
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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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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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