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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 televise sewer lines to determine their condition. The resolution of sewer issues is part of the Twenty-14 Street Project. At the March 18 meeting, the council ordered a feasibility study by the city engineer and a cost estimate for the improvements. The results of that study are expected this summer.

A number of additions to the power plant are being made to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide. The goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 percent. Hoffman described the equipment, which acts like large catalytic converters. The total project cost is about $200,000 and is totally funded by Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA). Hoffman called it a good upgrade. Also, the city utility has provided funds in their budget to have engineering done on the south substation, putting some lines under ground. This will be helpful for liability issues.

SWCD has received a grant to help redesign water flow at the trailhead area. Areas that need work have been identified and water flow has been mapped through the city. They are working on finalizing the design.

The council had authorized getting proposals for a new Comprehensive Plan at their April 1 meeting. Hoffman said they have received 8 proposals ranging in cost from $10,500 to $25,000. After reviews of the proposals, there will be a recommendation presented to the council at the June 3 meeting. The project is expected to begin in early July.

Hoffman discussed the retaining walls along St. Anthony Street which are failing. He said the staff will be meeting with the county to discuss the issue. The walls were built less than 10 years ago.

A quote for work on the crumbling downtown brick wall and the addition of garbage receptacles is expected to be discussed at the next meeting.

The National Trout Center (NTC) revised budget is to be presented at the June 17 meeting. The city’s audit will also be reviewed at that time.

No action was taken on any of the above items.

Other Business In Brief

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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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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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