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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 been completed.

To complete the trail to Carimona seven more bridges and 5.9 miles of trail will need to be constructed. A trail head/parking area at Carimona is also planned. The estimated cost is $4.9 million. This is part of an existing trail system and is shovel ready. Hoffman said he didn’t anticipate that there would be any local match. The only cost to the city probably will be some office time and a couple of trips to St. Paul. Councilman Robert Maust suggested the trail should be completed for safety reasons so it will be connected to a roadway in case of an emergency.

A motion to request state bonding money for completion of the Preston-Carimona state trail was approved.

Dairy and Farm reuse

Maust reported that they are still waiting for the new drawings, so they don’t have numbers yet for construction costs. He said Rowland Well estimates that it will cost $5,000 to $10,000 for a well and pump for the aquarium. The well is expected to be 125 to 150 feet deep.

City attorney Dwight Luhmann has drafted a purchase agreement which doesn’t include a closing date, because it is contingent on environmental clean-up.

Mayor Kurt Reicks maintained that the bottom line is going to be the estimated cost of the building and the remodeling of the facility. Maust said they plan to put a new roof on the 50 foot x 90 foot building. He suggested the old steel could be used to repair holes left in roof areas of the other buildings where equipment had been put through.

Hoffman has prepared an operating budget which he forwarded to Sheila Craig. No action was taken at this time. More information should be available by the first meeting of the new year.

Other business in brief

• The council approved the final budget/levy for 2016. The levy total of $797,044 is an increase of $39,038, or 5.15%. The levy provides revenue for 46% of the city’s 2016 budget.

• City engineer Brett Grabau presented the final invoice for the CSAH 17/St. Paul St. project. The county pays 100% of the roadway costs and shares 50-50 with the city associated costs like curb and gutter. Payment of $6,428. .....
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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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Preston speculates about impact of 2017 street improvement project

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the September 8 Preston City Council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented the numbers of a hypothetical 2017 project as requested by the council. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The council is in agreement that more streets ne ..... 
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Preston discusses 2016 budget

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented the 2016 budget reflecting departmental requests at the city council’s August 25 meeting. This first draft shows a 9.11% increase in the levy, or an approximate increase of $69,000. Each percent of increase ..... 
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Revolving loan approved for Preston Dairy and Farm

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator/utility general manager Joe Hoffman explained the earlier commitment made by Preston Public Utilities (PPU) to Preston Dairy and Farm at the city council’s August 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were a ..... 
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