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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 Street SW. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

EDA members Dwight Luhmann, Tim Kiehne, and Joanne Szuch were present.

The first issue was whether or not to close the meeting. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann noted that they have had an open dialogue to this point and suggested it should be closed only if they were to negotiate a price. City Administrator Joe Hoffman added they should close a meeting only when they really need to. Councilman Robert Maust seemed to agree, saying it is public money we will be spending. The meeting remained open.

Cathy Enerson, business development director, reviewed the recommendation of the EDA to purchase the three dilapidated parcels that was first discussed at the August 5 meeting of the city council. The other two parcels are the Hellickson rental house on Mill Street SW and the bulkhead tank area near the trailhead.

At the August meeting Councilman Robert Maust had expressed concern about the potential expense for the city if the ground were found to be contaminated when the underground tanks at the POP are removed.

Enerson described an option agreement which would protect the city from exposure to unknown risks (the possibility of contaminated ground). The city would pay the estate or a subcontractor $19,000 to remove the tanks after which the soil will be sampled. The city would hold an option to buy the POP property for $1. If the ground were found to be contaminated, the city could walk away. If there wasn’t any contamination, the city could exercise the option and pay an additional $2,200 in costs (10 percent of investigation costs and of a response action plan) and own the property. The property would at this point still have the above ground structures and cement in place. It will cost an additional $12,280 to then remove the above ground structures and level the site to make the site more attractive to developers.

A very long back and forth debate ensued. Luhmann explained that there was a chance that the estate could qualify for the state’s Petrofund which would cover 100 percent of the tank removal costs. It would have to be proven that the tanks were abandoned by 1988. .....
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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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A leaner National Trout Center

Fri, Jul 19th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at its July 13 meeting after a long discussion concerning the past and future of the National Trout Center voted to approve the revised, leaner budget for the center. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The NTC was found ..... 
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Preston invites volunteers to help

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their July 1 meeting discussed the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Ronald McDonald Charity Cruise, and Goose Flat Park. The city is looking for interested volunteers to serve. Councilmen David Harriso ..... 
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Preston selects McGhie and Betts to develop comprehensive plan

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman at the council’s June 17 meeting reported that eight proposals were received to complete a comprehensive plan for the city. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Planning and Zoning had reviewed ..... 
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