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Housing incentive applications approved


Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the April 6 Preston City Council meeting three applications for 2015 housing incentives were approved. The incentive program is a partnership between the Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), Preston Public Utilities, city government, and the Preston Golf and Country Club.

The program offers three incentive applications for new construction, three for existing housing, and three for housing renovation projects. The council approved three applications as recommended by the EDA; two for existing housing for Gabby Kinneberg and Kenneth “John” Hall and one for new construction for Tom Burke.

Other business in brief

•A rezoning request from Eric and Tara Corson to rezone their property at 516 Pleasant Street NE from R-2 (Family Residential) to R-3 (Multiple Family Residential) was approved. This will allow the property to be used for weekly and nightly rental or a ‘vacation’ rental house. Eric Corson said he had discussed this with a number of his neighbors. Planning and Zoning had held a public hearing and recommended approval since R-3 was compatible zoning in the neighborhood. Kerry Soiney had written a letter to P and Z asking that renters respect neighboring property owners’ rights to privacy and peace and quiet. There was no other comment at the public hearing.

•This is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted County Victim Services asked permission to place teal ribbons along Fillmore Street for the month of April. The intention is to draw attention to sexual violence and to promote prevention and to take a stand against sexual violence. Placement of the ribbons was approved.

•Jim Bakken, Public Works, reported that they had received three applications for a summer helper. The council approved the hire of Sam Bahl. Bakken said he worked for the city last year and did an outstanding job.

•The purchase of 10 Lifetime composite 8-foot long folding tables was approved for a total of about $1,000 to be used for city related activities.

•Officer Rick Dahly’s resignation was approved effective at the end of April. Approval was given to post internally for his replacement among current part time officers. City administrator Joe Hoffman reported that Police Chief Matt Schultz feels there is a strong pool of candidates with the part-time officers. Preston has three full- time officers, including the chief. Preston cont .....
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Preston Foods loading dock

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

In a relatively brief meeting of the Preston City Council on March 2, a variance request from Brad Hoiness on behalf of Rush Properties was granted to build a loading dock back of the Preston Foods grocery store. Planning and Zoning at a Februar ..... 
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Preston renews housing incentives

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At a relatively brief meeting of the city council on February 17 the Preston housing incentives were renewed for 2015 as recommended by the Economic Development Authority. The incentive program is a partnership between Preston EDA, Preston Public ..... 
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Informational signage for Preston discussed

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Revisiting an old issue about the need for lighting on Preston’s south entrance sign morphed into a discussion about an informational sign to direct visitors downtown during the February 2 meeting of the Preston City Council. Jim Bakken, Public ..... 
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Preston Community Foundation took center stage at PACC annual meeting

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Will Mensink, representing the Preston Area Community Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at the Branding Iron in Preston. Mensink addressed an audience of app ..... 
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Preston refinances 2007B bond

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, in his capacity as Preston’s financial adviser, recommended refinancing the General Obligation Improvement Bond issued in 2007 (Valley Street & Corn Cob Acres area project) at the council’s January 20 m ..... 
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Preston discusses possible meeting schedule changes

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The regular meeting time for the Preston City Council was discussed at the January 5 meeting. Re-elected Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilmen Charles Sparks and Robert Maust recited the oath of office as they began their new terms. Reicks said they ..... 
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2014, a busy year in Preston

Mon, Dec 22nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston city council at their December 15 meeting, the last in 2014, concluded its business for the year. City administrator Joe Hoffman maintained that this has been a very busy year with a number of different projects. The largest of these b ..... 
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Preston approves 2015 budget revisions

Mon, Dec 8th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented information on the 2015 budget and levy to the public at the December 2 council meeting, allowing for a public comment period as required by state law. One resident attended, but didn’t comment during the ..... 
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