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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 the intersection of Highway 52 and Highway 16, there will be considerable costs associated with construction of the necessary infrastructure. The Preston EDA wants to use a TIF district to help cover some of the cost.

The TIF district for the six acre property would be capped at nine years. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that two businesses are seriously interested in this location.

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, would draw up the plan for the TIF district (estimated cost of $8,000). After the public hearing on April 21, the council will make a decision as to whether or not to establish the TIF district.

Other Business in Brief

•The city will contribute $4,000 (which has been budgeted) for the Trout Days fireworks. The total cost of the show is $5,000. The Fire Department has contributed $500 to the show in the past and the other $500 has come from donations. A motion to approve the contract with J & M, the forgoing of additional insurance, and the issuance of a permit was approved. J & M provides insurance that exceeds tort limits.

•A cooperative agreement was approved with Fillmore County on the county’s 2014 project to resurface and make improvements to CSAH 17 (St. Paul Avenue) from CSAH 12 (Fillmore Street) to the south bridge. The agreement spells out the responsibilities of the county and of the city. Hoffman noted the cost share is what the city has anticipated and what the city was made aware of about a year ago.

•Preston has been a Tree City for 29 years. April 25 was proclaimed as Arbor Day in the city of Preston. The Tree Board will hold a tree planting ceremony on that day.

•Approval was given to pay $100 for membership to the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce. The Preston Public Utilities also paid $100 for their annual membership dues. The Chamber has planned a “Preston Pride Clean up Day” for April 26 for the beautification of the city. This is a new activity organized by the Chamber.

•The National Trout Center (NTC) will be asked to report on their first quarter expenses at an April council meeting as requested by Councilman Robert Maust.
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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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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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