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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 gives details and answers questions about the proposed Twenty-14 Project. Photo by Karen Reisner

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 city council meeting to order plans and specifications for the project.

The project is to include the Fire Hall area bordered on the west by Washington and Winona Streets, on the north by Spring and North Streets, on the east by St. Paul Street and on the south by River and Main Streets. The second project area is referred to as the South Hill area and includes Judy Lane, Matthew Street and Russell Street. The reconstruction project will include both reconstruction of the streets and the underlying utilities.

The estimated total project cost is $3,295,754 of which about $2 million is for street improvements. The balance will be for water main, storm sewer, sanitary sewer, and utility service improvements. The assessed portion of the street improvements is expected to be about $790,000. The assessed portion of the utility service is about $95,000. Assessments will total about $855,617 or 26.9 percent of the total project cost. The assessments will be figured according to the city’s assessment policy which was put into place in 2007.

Grabau estimated that residents would be assessed $60 to $65 per assessable frontage foot and about $1,100 to $1,200 per sanitary sewer service. The assessment policy allows for a minimum of 60 foot and a maximum of 150 foot to be assessed per property.

The expected start date for the construction project is May 2014 with a substantial completion date of October 2014 and a final completion date of June 2015.

The public asked a variety of questions. One man asked if there was a possibility to make Winona Street a dead end street. The street is a one-way and he said has seen it used as a two-way. Grabau said the possibility hadn’t been considered, adding they could look into it.

Grabau noted that it wasn’t legal for sump pumps to empty into the sewer service. He said no new sidewalk will be added and no existing sidewalk will be eliminated. Grabau clarified that the city will be replacing the utility in the right of way, but not between the right of way and one’s home which is private property.

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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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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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