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Preston debates purchase of derelict properties


Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The old POP gas station is located on the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Street SW. Photo by Karen Reisner

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 the Root River in Preston. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

The three parcels include the Hellickson rental house on Mill Street SW which could be purchased for $1,500 and the Preston Oil Products (POP) old gas station at the corner of St. Paul Street SW and Mill Street SW and the bulkhead tank area near the trailhead for a combined price of $3,000. The Preston EDA recommended the purchase of the three parcels for a total of $4,500 with Robert Maust voting against.

Enerson insisted that by removing the run down structures and cleaning up the property, there would be an opportunity for commercial development. In the end the intention would be to sell the properties for commercial development. She added that the present condition of the structures discourages business development in the area.

Councilman Robert Maust approved of purchasing the residential property, but was concerned about the potential expense for the city if the POP property was found to be contaminated when the underground tanks are removed.

Enerson said the properties could be kept as green space until redevelopment could occur. She said they could go into a voluntary clean-up program to get the ground tested. If clean-up cost as much as $50,000 with a cost share program, the city’s maximum exposure would be $12,500. Enerson explained the first issue would be to remove the tanks. The city would have a year to have the tanks removed after purchase. There are funds in the EDA budget to purchase the properties and to remove the tanks. She noted that since there has been considerable flooding in the area, any pollution may already have dissipated.

Mayor Kurt Reicks suggested the POP is probably the worst looking building downtown and that they have been talking about cleaning it up for years. He said why would you clean up the residential parcel with the dilapidated station still standing next to it. Maust maintained there are too many unknowns as to what the cost will be to clean up a brownfield area. He suggested letting it go to the state for non payment of taxes which could potentially be years from now.

Reicks said if we want the POP site cleaned up, th .....
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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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Preston reviews city projects

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the progress on a variety of ongoing projects at the city council’s May 20 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Hoffman said the city utility has authorized about $10,000 to t ..... 
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Preston requests proposal to develop new comprehensive plan

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported at the council’s April 1 meeting that the current 1999 Preston Comprehensive Land Use Plan is 14 years old. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Hoffman noted that Planning and Zoning h ..... 
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Old Barn Environmental Assessment Worksheet

Fri, Mar 15th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County, designated Responsible Government Unit (RGU), hereby affirms the availability of the following Environment Assessment Worksheet (EAW). Project Title: Old Barn Resort Expansion, Preston, MN Description: The Old Barn Resort is an ..... 
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Duane Benson to keynote the Preston Area Community Foundation Banquet

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston Area Community Foundation announces Duane Benson as the featured speaker for their Annual Banquet. The Celebration has been set for Monday, March 25, 2013 at the Branding Iron Supper Club, Preston with the social hour from 5:30 – 6:30 ..... 
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Options for financing Preston’s 2014 street project

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman at the council’s March 4 meeting detailed the pros and cons of combining the estimated $4 million worth of street improvements into one project. In early February councilman Robert Maust had suggested it may be cost ..... 
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