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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. Councilman Charles Sparks was absent.

Bakken related the work would probably be scheduled for July or August. He confirmed that the water and sewer utilities are in good shape under that section of street. Core drillings collected by the county found that there was a variety of surfaces under the street including brick, cement and gravel.

The city will be responsible for the cost of new curb and gutter (300 to 400 feet), the provision of a cement edge (walkway) connecting to the brick side street, and at least part of the cost of fixing or replacing a couple of catch basins. Sidewalks are also in poor condition and would be fully the city’s responsibility. Bakken estimated the total city cost could be about $20,000.

Small Cities Grant

In May of 2012 the city council approved a resolution to act as legal sponsor for HRA/Semcac to seek small cities grant funds to assist with the acquisition and updating of the Vesterheim apartment complex. The application was extended to request funding to renovate up to 15 low to moderate income homes in November of 2012. The intention is to bring the homes up to code and to make them more energy efficient.

To qualify the homes must be owner occupied. Surveys are being sent out to home owners. There will be a public hearing on February 4. Grant applications are due February 28. The grant amount per home will be a maximum of $22,000.

There is no cost to the city other than some staff time. The city staff does accounting and pays the contractors. After the contractor is paid, the amount is submitted to the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) for reimbursement.

Other Business In Brief

•A resolution was adopted encouraging law makers to maintain the tax exemption for municipal bonds. Preston is looking at about $4 million in infrastructure improvements over the next ten years. Without the tax exemption for purchasers (a bond buyer doesn’t pay federal tax on earned interest) of the bonds it is estimated that interest rates on those bonds will be 1.5 to 2.0 percent higher. This could cost Preston residents about $600 per household over the life of thi .....
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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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Greenleafton established as subordinate service district

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Several Greenleafton residents addressed the county commissioners raising their concerns and questions about the Greenleafton wastewater treatment project at the November 13 board meeting. Sheila Craig, Southeast Minnesota Wastewater Initiative, and ..... 
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Preston extends Small Cities Grant application

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s November 5 meeting that the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has suggested the city extend their preliminary application to include single family homes. Counci ..... 
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Preston City Hall remodel progressing

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner The Preston City Council for the first time in over a month met in their city council chambers for their October 15 meeting. The last few meetings have been held in the fire hall while city hall was being remodeled. Councilman Da ..... 
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Preston reviews street assessment report

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reported on the street assessment completed by his firm at the Preston City Council’s October 1 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. The purpose of the detailed street assessment is to help the city council and s ..... 
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Requests to vacate streets and grants variances approved

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their September 17 meeting discussed and granted two petitions for vacating portions of city streets and two requests for building variances. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Jon and Christine DeVries requested tha ..... 
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