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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 center happen in Preston. The council decided to begin talks with the Ag Society. There was agreement that there is a need for a community center.

Reicks and councilman Robert Maust will meet with members of the Ag Society to talk about options for a community center.

Washed out driveway

Jim Bakken, Public Works, illustrated how the driveway on the north side of the New Horizons Mobile Home Park, adjacent to Casey’s, washes out repeatedly. The driveway is now gravel and when storm water from heavy rains run down Chatfield Street from the school the gravel is washed off the driveway. The driveway is private, but it is on the Farmers Street rite-of-way.

Bakken suggested the least expensive fix would be to raise the driveway approach and pave from the back of the approach. He said they didn’t want to tear up a brand new street to put in more catch basins, adding it is the city’s storm water that needs to be controlled.

It was decided to discuss sharing the cost of improving the driveway with the property owner.

Other Business In Brief

•Two quotes had been received to replace the brick facing on the Fillmore Street pedestrian ramp. One quote was from VanMinsel, Spring Grove, and the other was from Stone Expressions, Rochester. A motion was approved to request that Fillmore County pay for half of the repairs.

•A retaining wall located at 109 St. Anthony Street is in need of repair. There is some question as to where the responsibility for fixing the wall lies, be it with the city, the county, or the landowners. It was decided to negotiate with the property owners and the county.

•At&T had proposed a ground lease rent of $300 per month for 25 years to lease space from the city near the water tower for a 12-foot x 28-foot building. At the November 4 meeting the council approved a counter-offer of $500 per month. Matt Kundert, a consultant for AT&T explained at this meeting that the company was not willing to increase their proposal especially since they have to rent space on the Verizon tower as well.

The council approved a contract with the rent at $300 per m .....
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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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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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