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Planning ongoing for reuse of Dairy and Farm buildings


Mon, Dec 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Sheila Craig, Preston Historical Society, lead the discussion at the city council’s December 8 meeting presenting early plans for reuse of the now vacant former Dairy and Farm building at 304 Fillmore St. East.

Plans are in the works to possibly reuse the building for Tourism, the Historical Society, and the National Trout Center. The EDA has recommended moving forward to purchase the building. The purchase price would be $100,000 to be paid in 10 equal annual payments. Much of this cost may be offset with what is currently paid to rent the building for the NTC.

Necessary renovations are expected to cost $150,000 including the cost to raise the 4,500 square foot building out of the flood plain. Raising the building up 14 inches is estimated to cost $35,000. Craig said interior demolition to get ready to raise the floor will cost $5,400. Plumbing, heating and electrical will cost $37,000. The Historical Society is working to raise funds for renovations.

City administrator Joe Hoffman made several arguments as to why it would be more beneficial for the city to own the building as opposed to a lease. He suggested that a purchase agreement should include language that makes any necessary chemical clean-up the responsibility of Dairy and Farm.

Dairy and Farm wants a commitment by the end of this year.

Sarah Wangen, director of Tourism, maintained that a lot of the operating expenses are already in the budget. Having Tourism in this building will allow it to be open year round, adding “the possibilities can grow as we grow”.

Wangen described renovation plans for the building. When one first walks into the building one will see a giant trout aquarium. There will be two main offices with a reception center and meeting spaces will be in the back. All three groups together could share staffing and resources. The river will only be a few hundred feet away, where fishing demonstrations can be held. Councilman Robert Maust noted other possible uses for the two other buildings.

Language for a purchase agreement will be drawn up and reviewed at the next meeting. Also, the EDA should have more specifics for the renovation budget. A preliminary operating budget will be presented.

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Grant applications now being accepted Community Grant Assistance

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston Public Utilities (PPU), and Preston’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) is looking forward to assisting the community through Preston Public Utilities’ Spare Change Round Up program. Local organizations can apply today for grant a ..... 
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Toward zero deaths project

Mon, Oct 12th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their October 5 meeting agreed to participate in the Toward Zero Deaths project for another year. Councilman David Harrison was absent. In the grant agreement with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for the perio ..... 
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Preston certifies preliminary 2016 levy

Mon, Sep 28th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the September 24 Preston city council meeting, the preliminary levy for 2016 was set at $797,044.72, which is an increase of about 5.15% from last year. City administrator Joe Hoffman commented that a large portion of the increase is due to payme ..... 
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Preston council dissects 2016 budget proposal

Mon, Sep 21st, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

A nearly three hour September 10 special meeting of the Preston City Council allowed the council to closely examine each department’s proposed budget. The council will certify the 2016 budget at its September 24 meeting to be held at 8:30 a.m. A r ..... 
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Preston speculates about impact of 2017 street improvement project

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the September 8 Preston City Council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented the numbers of a hypothetical 2017 project as requested by the council. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The council is in agreement that more streets ne ..... 
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Preston discusses 2016 budget

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented the 2016 budget reflecting departmental requests at the city council’s August 25 meeting. This first draft shows a 9.11% increase in the levy, or an approximate increase of $69,000. Each percent of increase ..... 
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Revolving loan approved for Preston Dairy and Farm

Mon, Aug 10th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator/utility general manager Joe Hoffman explained the earlier commitment made by Preston Public Utilities (PPU) to Preston Dairy and Farm at the city council’s August 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David Harrison were a ..... 
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Preston 2015 sidewalk improvements

Mon, Jul 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, discussed proposed sidewalk replacements at the July 20 council meeting. Councilman Robert Maust was absent at the 8 a.m. meeting. Bakken recommended replacing the sidewalk on the south side of Vesterheim Apartments along ..... 
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