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Preston approves street maintenance plan


Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Jim Bakken, Public Works, outlined the 2015 plan for crack filling and seal coating numerous streets within the city at the July 6 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Two quotes had been submitted for the project. Bakken recommended the low quote from Pearson Brothers, Inc. in the amount of $44,932.08. He explained maintenance work to rout out cracks and fill them with joint compound to increase the life of streets is done about eight years after a street is constructed. The streets to be maintained were reconstructed in 2005 and 2007. After the cracks are filled, a tacky substance will be applied before aggregate is spread and packed.

The last maintenance work of this kind was done in 2011. City Administrator Joe Hoffman reminded the council that $45,000 was in the 2015 budget for street maintenance. The Pearson Brothers quote was approved.

Other business in brief

Hoffman informed the council that four windows on the west side of city hall leak pretty bad. The paint on the exterior of the building is also peeling in spots. The council by consensus agreed to let city staff retain a contractor to investigate the source of the leaks and to research options for maintenance of the exterior, determining the estimated cost of each.

Ambulance director Ryan Throckmorton recommended that associated repairs be made to increase the ambulance garage door height from 10 feet to 12 feet. He had obtained estimates in 2014, but the work was held off due to the expense of replacing one of the trucks. The low bid received in 2014 was from Spring Valley Overhead Door in the amount of $2,337, which includes additional panel, new hardware, tracks, and opener. A new electrical outlet will have to be added and two feet of sheetrock above the existing door will need to be removed. Throckmorton estimated all the work could be done for about $3,000. Approval was given to go ahead with the garage door project.

The third payment to A-1 Excavating, Inc. in the amount of $53,942.90 was approved. The last lift of asphalt has been made on Bluff Country Court in the North Industrial Park. Some seeding and shoulder work is left to be completed.

Work on the wear course of asphalt for the Twenty-14 project has been completed. Approval was given for the seventh payment in the amount of $149,261.53 to A-1 Excavating, Inc. for the north portion and $138,560.26 to Blitz Construction for t .....
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Preston approves EDA recommendations

Mon, Jun 22nd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Cathy Enerson, Economic Development Authority Coordinator, recommended that the city move forward with Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) applications at the June 16 city council meeting. The council approved the application ..... 
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Preston questions timeliness of MnDot invoice

Mon, May 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

An invoice from MnDot requesting final payment for work related to the 2005 Highway 52 reconstruction project was once again discussed at the May 18 Preston City Council meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent. Preston received a final payme ..... 
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Preston’s 2014 audit

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Pam Ristau, CPA, summarized her examination of Preston’s 2014 financial accounts at the May 4 city council meeting. As auditor she issued an unqualified opinion to the city for its 2014 financial statements, saying everything is in order. Many c ..... 
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Total estimated market value in Preston up nearly 10 percent

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Fillmore County appraiser Heidi Knepper briefed the Preston City Council at their April 20 meeting on assessed property value changes in Preston and the county. No one from the public was in attendance for the 2015 Local Board of Appeal and Equaliza ..... 
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Housing incentive applications approved

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the April 6 Preston City Council meeting three applications for 2015 housing incentives were approved. The incentive program is a partnership between the Preston Economic Development Authority (EDA), Preston Public Utilities, city government, and ..... 
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Preston Foods loading dock

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

In a relatively brief meeting of the Preston City Council on March 2, a variance request from Brad Hoiness on behalf of Rush Properties was granted to build a loading dock back of the Preston Foods grocery store. Planning and Zoning at a Februar ..... 
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Preston renews housing incentives

Mon, Feb 23rd, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At a relatively brief meeting of the city council on February 17 the Preston housing incentives were renewed for 2015 as recommended by the Economic Development Authority. The incentive program is a partnership between Preston EDA, Preston Public ..... 
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Informational signage for Preston discussed

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

Revisiting an old issue about the need for lighting on Preston’s south entrance sign morphed into a discussion about an informational sign to direct visitors downtown during the February 2 meeting of the Preston City Council. Jim Bakken, Public ..... 
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