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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 had wanted to update the plan in 2009. At that time, it was postponed because of Local Government Aid cuts. He maintained an updated plan will be valuable when making land use decisions. Funding to pay for an updated plan has been budgeted.

The council gave the go ahead to request proposals. All proposals must be submitted by April 23.

Once the process to select a consultant is completed, it is expected that the project to develop a new plan will begin in July and be completed by March 1, 2014.

The new plan will consider the changing needs of the community.

The four goals of the plan are to have a document to guide land use decisions, raise public awareness of planning and development issues, gain public input, and to help the city better serve residents. There will be a Core Committee including members of the city council and P and Z members. At least two public meetings will be held to help develop goals and objectives.

Upon the development of a Final Draft, a final presentation will be made at a public hearing prior to the adoption of the plan.

Destination Medical Center

A resolution in support of the DMC proposal for southeastern Minnesota was adopted. Mayor Kurt Reicks remarked he supported the proposal “whole heartedly,” pointing out the large number of people that go from here every day to Mayo Clinic to work. Councilman Robert Maust maintained, “It should be a no brainer.” Seventeen area cities have passed resolutions of support.

The expansion is expected to bring as many as 30,000 new jobs to the area, $2.5-$3 billion in additional tax revenue to the state over 20 years, and millions in new local and other tax revenues.

Other Business In Brief

•Dodge-Fillmore-Olmsted County Victim Services will recognize Sexual Assault Awareness Month by placing teal ribbons on every third light pole along Fillmore Street during April. The ribbons are to remind people of sexual violence, promote prevention, and encourage them to take a stand against sexual violence.

•The deterioration of the brick facing on the pedestrian ramp on the 10 .....
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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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St. Paul Street improvement

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Public Works Director Jim Bakken reported at the Preston City Council’s January 22 meeting that the county is considering a mill and overlay project on CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) from Fillmore Street to the south bridge, before the power plant. Co ..... 
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Preston Ambulance to provide education incentive

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council at their first meeting in 2013 approved financial incentives for EMTs and First Responders for the completion of up to twenty hours of additional education through a Transitional Course. Twenty-four hours ..... 
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Robert Maust joins Preston Council

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council during their December 4 meeting filled the open seat left by the resignation of Kay Spangler effective December 1. Spangler’s resignation was accepted as she and her husband were moving to Chatfield. Early in November the ..... 
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Preston utility rates remain competitive despite increase

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Preston, Minn – The commission of the Preston Public Utilities (PPU) approved a five percent increase in electric, water and sewer charges for all residential, commercial and industrial customers. The increase will take effect January 1, 2013. T ..... 
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