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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 founded in 2009 via a resolution passed by the EDA establishing the NTC.

Dan Christianson, board member and chief financial officer for the NTC, declared, “We made a mistake.” He admitted that taking the step to hire a full time person as the director of programs and operations may have been premature. Heath Sershen who has served in that position is actually a city employee. Christianson said we will have to take a couple of steps back in order to move forward.

Christianson encouraged the city council to help address the mistake and move forward toward a positive result for the community and the region.

NTC chairman George Spangler offered the revised budget for the rest of 2013. The board has been faced with a revenue shortfall. As of June 30 the city’s 251 account for the center shows a deficit of $2,947. He noted that the board of directors had met on July 11 and after considering options to reduce expenditures, the board recommended the termination of the director of programs and operations position effective at the end of July. The single largest expenditure for the center is the salary and associated benefits for this one full time employee.

Spangler explained that they had included in the revised budget the retention of communications officer Kathy Dahl at 12 hours per week. The center will be largely staffed during its hours of 10 am to 4 pm Thursday through Saturday by volunteers, the board of directors, and community volunteers.

Spangler referred to a chart that showed the increase of visitors to the center over the years since it opened. Last year there were a total of 887 visitors and this year there have been 1,226 to date. He said the board is prepared to write a check to the city for $5,000 to stay solvent in the month of July.

Mayor Kurt Reicks, referring to the NTC’s proposed revised budget, noted that it included a $11,900 deficit through the end of 2013 without any additional input from the city. He asked what it will cost the city to keep the center open until the end of the year. The answer was at best an estimate. If the NTC can realize its revenue estimates, the city will be kicking in an additional $10 .....
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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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Preston to proceed with planning for 2014 street project

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City Administer Joe Hoffman reviewed at the council’s February 5 meeting estimated levy increases that would be necessary over a twenty year period to finance the Twenty-14 street project. Hoffman explained one scenario for the street improvemen ..... 
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