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Preston’s goals and hopes for the future


Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Molly Patterson-Lundgren reviews drafted community goals for the development of a new comprehensive plan for the city of Preston. Photo by Karen Reisner

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 residents.

The last comprehensive plan was developed in the 1990s and completing a new plan had been delayed several years due to budget constraints. In June a proposal was accepted from McGhie and Betts which has since merged with WSB and Associates, Inc. to complete a new plan for the city. In July a comprehensive plan committee was formed. On December 4 the first workshop did an analysis of the city’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to the city’s future.

Some of the strengths included but were not limited to the bluffs and river, school, small town values, proximity to Rochester, county seat, and airport. Weaknesses included aging infrastructure, old pool, lack of community center, aging population, lack of quality housing, empty stores in the business district, and lack of opportunities for youth.

Molly Patterson-Lundgren, municipal planner at WSB, led the group during this meeting citing six basic areas to be explored including housing, resource sustainability, business and industry (tourism), transportation, land use, and infrastructure and public services. She noted she had worked as a city planner for the city of Wabasha for nine years. During the process we are setting the baseline for who we are now and then developing a comprehensive plan for who we want to be in the future.

The larger group was split into smaller groups to add to or modify the lists in the goal setting process. Specific goals were outlined like the need for a community center or town hall, the production of quality multi--family housing, additional and better signage to locate businesses off Highway 52, a beautification of the business district, car wash, city kiosk near the Veterans Cemetery, and the improved availability of high speed Internet.

Future opportunities for the city will be impacted by the opening of the Southeast Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, the National Trout Center, and Destination Medical Center (DMC). A better mix of businesses is needed downtown including businesses related to tourism.

Times do change the direction a city may take and the need for an updated plan is demonstrated by the veterans cemetery, NTC an .....
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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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Bond rating upgrade for Preston

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced good news for the city at the council’s December 3 meeting. Standard and Poors in a random review raised the city’s bond rating from AA- to AA (stable). This is especially good news as the city is plann ..... 
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Discussion initiated for Preston Community Center

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council’s November 19 meeting Mayor Kurt Reicks began a discussion concerning a community center. Reicks had been approached by the Fillmore County Ag Society as to the possibility of working together to make a community cen ..... 
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Preston discusses residential issues

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their November 4 meeting again discussed whether or not to require a ‘green belt’ to screen the Brownsville Mobile Home Park. The issue was tabled after the discussion. A second issue concerning the possible purchase ..... 
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Chatfield and Preston put on a show House: Capital Investment Committee Tour

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

On Tuesday, October 8, 2013, members of the House Capital Investment Committee went for a road trip around Southeastern Minnesota to visit candidates requesting bonding support. Led by State Representative Alice Hausman, chair of the House Capital ..... 
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Green belt for Brownsville Mobile Home Park?

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Kerry and Nancy Soiney aired their complaint at the Preston City Council’s October 7 meeting insisting that a “green belt” should be established along the Brownsville Street section (in front of about five mobile homes) of the Brownsville Mobi ..... 
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Preston enters into option agreement for POP property

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council and the Preston EDA held a combined meeting on September 23 to discuss the possible disposition of Preston Oil Products (POP), the long abandoned gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Str ..... 
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