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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 David Harrison was absent.

The city staff and council members now sit around a horseshoe-shaped table. A large video aid screen will provide citizens attending the meeting with information on topics being discussed. The room is much brighter due to better lighting, lighter colored walls, and larger windows which allow more natural light during daylight hours.

Outside the walkway in front of the office has been newly paved with paving stones and a new retaining wall has been built to replace the wall that was leaning and crumbling.

Other Business In Brief

•An addition to the city personnel policy was approved that will allow employees needing workers compensation for work-related injuries or illnesses the opportunity to use accrued sick leave time to fill the three-day gap before workers compensation kicks in. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that an employee will not be able to make more money while injured than he or she would normally. The intention is to allow employees to receive an amount equal to the employee’s regular gross salary.

•Additional language was approved for the S & S Sanitation contract dealing with fees charged for the usage of credit cards. Hoffman said the language makes sure the the sanitation company pays their portion of the credit card fee for their portion of the Utility payments. The Utility accepts credit card payments, and Hoffman noted that they don’t know what percent of customers pay by credit card. An additional three cents per month will be charged to customers to allow the sanitation company to recover the credit card fee. Hoffman said the provision will be revenue neutral.

•The council accepted the generous donation of nine used Kenwood narrowbandable mobile radios from the Houston Fire Department, which is upgrading to 800 MHz radios. The city will send a letter of thanks to the Houston Fire Department.

•The city shop renovation and addition has been completed. There will be an open house held by the Utility on Friday October 26 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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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Preston City Council sets preliminary budget and levy

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

During a short meeting on September 4, 2012, the Preston City Council approved the preliminary levy for 2013 at $672,725. This comes out to an increase of 2.9 percent. It was noted that at that increase, a person with a home that is worth $100,000 w ..... 
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Preston reviews first draft of 2013 budget

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented a draft of the 2013 budget compiled from departmental requests at the council’s August 22 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. The meeting was held in the fire hall due to the ongoing remodeling of city ..... 
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Chimney Swift tower/kiosk to be built

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Representatives of the Zumbro Valley Audubon Society (ZVAS) addressed the Preston City Council at the August 6 meeting about their preference to gift the soon to be built chimney swift tower/kiosk to the city. Mayor Kurt Reicks and councilman David ..... 
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Preston City Hall remodel progressing

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reported at the July 16 meeting that the city hall remodel project had begun and that they were on budget at this point. The council had accepted a quote from H and J Construction to do the remodel at their March 14 ..... 
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Legacy grant to be pursued

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Jeff Broberg, a member of the National Trout Center (NTC) board of directors, discussed the possibility of obtaining Legacy grant funding (from the three-eighths Minnesota sales tax) at the Preston City Council’s April 16 meeting. Broberg, Minneso ..... 
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Preston’s National Trout Center included in MN 2012 Senate Bonding Bill

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Senator Jeremy Miller recently informed National Trout Center (NTC) representatives that the current Minnesota Senate Bonding Bill includes a $1 million item for the center’s permanent home located in Preston, “Minnesota’s Trout Capital.” ..... 
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