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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 county attorney Brett Corson answered questions.

Craig said they have been working on the project for the past three to five years, first with York Township. The township decided they couldn’t handle the project and asked the county to act as the fiscal agent for the project. The project involves first identifying the wastewater needs of the unincorporated community of Greenleafton, and then following up with the planning, construction financing, hook-up and long term maintenance and operation of a wastewater collection and treatment system

Craig anticipates that about 75 percent of the project will be funded through grants. The rest of the funds will come through a loan from the state of Minnesota. The service district will include parcels within the community of Greenleafton with the exception of the Greenleafton Reformed Church and its parsonage.

Corson confirmed that the drain field area that has yet to be acquired does not have to be in the subordinate district. Stantec is ready to go ahead with the geological survey. Residents can potentially replace their current home with a new structure or add a bedroom or two, but no additional residences can be added to the subordinate district. Craig said grants don’t allow for further development. Once the service district is formed, residents will not be allowed to put in their own private septic system.

During the public hearing there were no comments from the officers of York Township. There are a few homes that have compliant septic systems that are relatively new. Residents with compliant systems could defer payment until they decide to hook on to the community system. However, as part of the subordinate district they would be required to pay interest on the amount deferred. It is estimated that the cost to each member of the subordinate district will be from $5,000 to $10,000. Members of the district would get a low interest loan payable over 10 years.

The county will get a monthly fee from subordinate district residents to recover any funds which the county commits to the project and any future improvements to the system. The county can charge up to three percent interest for the sta .....
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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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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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