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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 of the Knies home located partially in the floodway went a step forward.

Tim Johnston, the owner of the mobile home park property, was invited to attend a council meeting to discuss his plans. He had responded to city staff saying he would be out of town until November 20. He requested that staff keep him informed of the council’s decision concerning the green plantings.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said he needed clarification as to how the council interprets the ordinance. Hoffman listed three issues that needed to be clarified. Is the ‘green belt’ required on the side of the mobile home park that abuts the street? If so, what is necessary for the ‘green belt?’ What period of time will be allowed for the ‘green belt’ to be established?

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann said the city could take either position; requiring a ‘green belt’ on the portion of the mobile home park that abuts the street or not. He added they should be consistent with their interpretation.

Councilman David Harrison said he interprets the ordinance to require a ‘green belt’ all around the perimeter of the park. Councilman Charles Sparks later said he thinks the ordinance requirement of a ‘green belt’ would include the street side. Luhmann suggested that the drafters of the ordinance probably assumed there would be an entrance to the park instead of individual driveways. Hoffman noted the mobile home park along Chatfield Avenue doesn’t have individual driveways.

Mayor Kurt Reicks stated the planting of trees would probably be the responsibility of the landowner rather than the city’s responsibility. The trees would likely have to be planted back of the boulevard area so as not to block visibility when a motorist backs on to the street. Council members were concerned about safety if the ‘green belt’ were established.

Kerry Soiney owns the home on the north side of the street across from three of the trailers. He said he offered three years ago to pay for some trees, but Johnston failed to return his numerous calls. Soiney said that about 12 Arborvitae trees would cost less than $1,000. He suggested that a landscaper should .....
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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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Walz announces $10 million grant for Preston Veteran Cemetery

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Construction of the cemetery will give peace of mind to 51,150 Minnesota Veterans and their families MANKATO, Minn. – Representative Tim Walz announced that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded a $10 million grant covering 100 percent o ..... 
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Ten year plan for Preston street maintenance

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karne Reisner Jim Bakken, Public Works, reviewed a detailed 10 year street maintenance schedule at the city council’s September 16 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Streets have been assigned a numerical rating. Bakken said $4 ..... 
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Preston to proceed with plans for Twenty-14 Project

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Stantec engineer Brett Grabau explained at the public hearing for the Twenty-14 Project that the proposed project will involve about one-third of the city’s streets and underlying utilities. A resolution was adopted later during the September 3 ci ..... 
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Preston discusses preliminary 2014 budget

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner A long discussion ensued at the Preston City Council’s August 21 meeting as to the specific details outlined in an early draft of the 2014 budget. Councilman Robert Maust peppered city administrator Joe Hoffman and city clerk S ..... 
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Preston debates purchase of derelict properties

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Preston EDA, presented details at the Preston City Council’s August 5 meeting for a possible land acquisition of three parcels. The potential purchases would be to further the EDA’s efforts to clean-up dilapidated properties near ..... 
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