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Cost estimates for Dairy and Farm reuse


Mon, Feb 8th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Preston city council members dicussed funding sources to pay expenses associated with the potential purchase and renovation of the Dairy and Farm property at their February 1 meeting. Plans are being made to renovate the 50- by 90-foot building to house Tourism, Preston Historical Society, and the National Trout Center.

The purchase price for all of the property remains at $100,000 which could be paid with 10 equal annual payments. A purchase agreement will not be entered into until after possible environmental issues are resolved. Other structures on the property are not included in the renovation plans at this time. If the Dairy and Farm property is purchased, it will be owned by the city.

City administrator Joe Hoffman reported that construction costs for the building’s renovation are estimated to total $217,619. Other expenses including the aquarium and furnishings are estimated to be $50,000.

Mayor Kurt Reicks made it clear that he wasn’t against the project, but he wanted to know how the city will pay for construction costs. Councilman Robert Maust explained that the furnishings will be the responsibility of each of the three organizations. He estimated that Tourism could provide $5,000 per year, the Historical Society $10,000 per year, and the NTC $15,000 per year to help the city pay for construction costs.

Reicks noted that part of the contributions from the three organizations each year will go toward operating costs, only a portion toward construction costs. He asked where the up front money will come from. Maust argued that it will have to come out of the General Fund. There was some discussion about how this could affect budgeted items.

Hoffman maintained they will have to get a commitment from each of the three organizations as to the amount they can commit to each year. Next they will have to put together a budget recognizing that which will not be covered by the commitments.

Discussion of Ordinance 152.04, Manufactured Home Park Specifications

In 2013, Kerry Soiney brought a complaint to the city council. He wanted Chapter 152 of the city’s ordinance enforced. Specifically, he referred to this language: “there shall be a green belt, 15 feet in width, of plantings around the periphery of the manufactured home park that adjoins any residential zones, to effectively screen the interior of the manufactured park.” Soiney suggested that e .....
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Plan details for Dairy and Farm reuse

Mon, Jan 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

Councilman Robert Maust updated the Preston City Council at their January 19 meeting, offering more detailed plans for use of the former Dairy and Farm building. If the city purchases and renovates the building, it will house the Historical Society, ..... 
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Preston’s resolution to request state bonding reignites an old dispute

Mon, Jan 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council met for the first time in 2016 on January 4. In this new year, an old controversy has resurfaced. On July 8, 2013, District Court Judge Jeffrey D.Thompson ruled that the proposed Preston to Forestville State Trail was neve ..... 
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Preston to request state bonding to complete Preston-Carimona Trail

Mon, Dec 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s December 21 meeting that he has been asked monthly about efforts to complete the state trail to Carimona. The first two bridges and the trail between them just outside of the city have ..... 
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Planning ongoing for reuse of Dairy and Farm buildings

Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Sheila Craig, Preston Historical Society, lead the discussion at the city council’s December 8 meeting presenting early plans for reuse of the now vacant former Dairy and Farm building at 304 Fillmore St. East. Plans are in the works to possibly ..... 
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Grant applications now being accepted Community Grant Assistance

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU), and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) is looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities’ Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply today for grant a ..... 
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Toward zero deaths project

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their October 5 meeting agreed to participate in the Toward Zero Deaths project for another year. Councilman David Harrison was absent. In the grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for the perio ..... 
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Preston certifies preliminary 2016 levy

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the September 24 Preston city council meeting, the preliminary levy for 2016 was set at $797,044.72, which is an increase of about 5.15% from last year. City administrator Joe Hoffman commented that a large portion of the increase is due to payme ..... 
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Preston council dissects 2016 budget proposal

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

A nearly three hour September 10 special meeting of the Preston City Council allowed the council to closely examine each department’s proposed budget. The council will certify the 2016 budget at its September 24 meeting to be held at 8:30 a.m. A r ..... 
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