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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 cost being $20,441 on a state bid. Schultz requested up to $23,500 in order to cover graphics and retrofitting. There is currently $21,500 in the new equipment fund.

The 2007 Chevy Impala that is currently being used by Officer Rick Dahly is anticipated to bring in about $3,000 at auction.

Fee Schedule

The council had a discussion about the schedule of fees. The schedule has been in a place for several years without any changes.

Maust asked about the fee for rock, which he felt was very low. The schedule reads $50 for less than 12,000 square feet, and he wondered if that was supposed to be 1,200 feet. There is also a fee for sanding. There is also a service fee for using a wood chipper and removing trees.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the city is trying to get out of doing that sort of work on private properties. “We are not a service for hire,” he said. “These are if we need to take care of something.” He gave the example of a tree falling into an alley, and the property owner being unable to remove it. The city would then bill the property owner for those services.

“This is for an emergency situation where you have to go out,” Mayor Reicks explained.

Hoffman said he couldn’t remember the last time the city has billed anyone for these services, but the fees are a base for a charge if it is needed.

The administrator will be looking into the fees and checking on costs for sanding, rocks, equipment rental, and others.

Employee Step Scale

The City of Preston and Preston Public Utilities Pay Step Scale was approved as presented. The 2014 budget included the two percent COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) that was previously approved by the council.

According to Deputy Clerk Sheila Marzolf, the step scale affects around 20 people, and some of them are part-time employees.

Maust asked if other towns use a pay step scale for their employees. Mayor Reicks said many of them do, and Preston has had the step scale in effect as long as he has been around.

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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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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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