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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.

The average residential customer will see an increase in their utility bill of $4.20* per month. The last electric rate increase took place in January of 2009. The last water rate increase took place in January of 2012. The last sewer rate increase took place in January of 2005.

“Even after this increase, Preston’s utility rates will remain near the very bottom when compared with other municipal utilities,” said Joe Hoffman, PPU General Manager, citing a recent rate survey.

The primary reason for the rate increase is planned capital expenditures for upgrades to the electric, water and sewer infrastructures. The Preston City Council is considering a significant street improvement project in 2014 and the Utility will likely replace the underlying water and sewer lines as part of that project.

“Sound financial planning has allowed the Utility to use rate stabilization reserves to keep rate increases at a minimum over the last decade,” said Hoffman, “however, Preston, like many communities, is facing the need for significant investments in water and sewer infrastructures.”

*Average PPU residential customer use is billed for 619kw of electricity and 2,777 gallons of water/sewer usage per month based on billing statistics for the twelve months preceding October 31, 2012.

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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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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