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Plans for Preston street improvements move forward


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau presented plans and specifications for the large 2014 street and utility improvement project at the city council’s February 18 meeting. Also, a hearing was held regarding the CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) improvements planned by Fillmore County. Several residents that will likely be assessed for the St. Paul Street improvements attended the meeting.

Grabau recommended that the total 2014 project (estimated to cost more than $3 million) be bid as two smaller projects. Contractors would be allowed to bid on one or both of the two smaller projects. Grabau noted there will be a large amount of utility work.

A resolution was adopted approving the plans and specifications for the project.

The council approved the splitting of the project. It will be divided into the south area including Judy Lane, Russell Street, Matthew Street, and the area south of Fillmore Street and the north area which will be those streets north of Fillmore Street. Splitting the project will not affect the planned time frame for completing the work.

Grabau believes the split will likely put the city in a better position to capitalize on the bidding process. A special meeting will be held on March 31 to review and possibly approve the bids.

The county’s planned work on St. Paul Street (a portion of CSAH 17) between Fillmore Street and the south bridge is not part of Preston’s 2014 street improvement project. Work is planned for this year. The council waived planning agency review because the plans are not related to the city’s comprehensive plan.

Grabau explained that the city shares in the cost of the St. Paul Street project with the county. Improvements like curb and gutter and sidewalks can be assessed in part to adjacent property owners. New driveway aprons are to be installed and the county plans to do a structural mill and overlay.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps will be constructed. Grabau recommended two different degrees of improvements. On the south side of Main Street all of the curb and gutter should be replaced and on the north side of Main Street only some curb and gutter and sidewalk will be replaced. Grabau estimated that property owners will be assessed $35 to $45 per lineal foot where improvements are made. Property owners will not be assessed for catch basins which are to be replaced.

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Public hearing set for CSAH 17 project

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Possible assessment levels were discussed concerning the CSAH 17 project at the Preston City Council’s February 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. Fillmore County has proposed the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of the portion of CSA ..... 
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Preston supports current Renewable Fuel Standard

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their January 21 meeting authorized City Administrator Joe Hoffman to draft a letter on behalf of the city council to the Environmental Protection Agency to be signed by Mayor Kurt Reicks asking for continued support for h ..... 
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Preston City Council approves purchase of police car

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz requested the Preston City Council’s approval for purchasing a new police car. The request was approved. “The 2007 is in dire need of replacement,” said Schultz. The new police car is a 2014 Chevy Impala, the co ..... 
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Preston’s goals and hopes for the future

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Preston is taking a look at where it is and where it wants to go in the future. A second workshop meeting to develop a comprehensive plan was open to the public on January 8. It was well attended by about 50 officials, business people, and resident ..... 
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Preston approves feasibility study

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

At the December 16 Preston city council meeting a feasibility study to determine the cost of infrastructure for a future industrial park on the Robert Doherty property south of the intersection of Highways 16 and 52 was approved contingent on an opt ..... 
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Preston City Council approves Preston Emergency Service to purchase

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Preston Emergency Service receives $2,500 grant from AGSTAR. Preston Emergency used the grant along with funds given by Preston Fire Department to Purchase a Masimo Rad-57 Carbon Monoxide Oximeter. This device is able to read oxygen levels and carbo ..... 
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Bond rating upgrade for Preston

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced good news for the city at the council’s December 3 meeting. Standard and Poors in a random review raised the city’s bond rating from AA- to AA (stable). This is especially good news as the city is plann ..... 
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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 cen ..... 
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