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Public hearing set for CSAH 17 project


Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Possible assessment levels were discussed concerning the CSAH 17 project at the Preston City Council’s February 3 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Fillmore County has proposed the rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of the portion of CSAH 17 between Fillmore Street and the south bridge within the city of Preston. The project is to include curb and gutter and pedestrian ramps, driveway aprons, and portions of adjacent sidewalks. At the Main Street intersection pedestrian ramps will be constructed with bump-outs to be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The council adopted a resolution ordering the feasibility study. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that the county will pay half of the cost of the sidewalks that have to be cut back and replaced. The council could decide to assess all of the other half to property owners. Curb and gutter is usually assessed 40 percent to the property owner with the city paying the other 60 percent. Because the county will pay 50 percent on this project, the city could be responsible for only 10 percent with the rest being assessed to property owners.

The total project cost is roughly estimated to be $200,000 with the city’s portion being nearly $50,000 ($21,631 for sidewalks and $27,873 for curb and gutter). A resolution to accept the feasibility study and call for a public hearing to be held on February 18 in the city council chambers at 6 p.m. was approved.

Other business in brief

•Ron Schrier, representing the Fire Relief Association, asked the council to ratify the decision to increase the Fire Department Retirement from $1,300 to $1,500 per year of service. It has not been increased since 2007. When firefighters retire, they can receive a lump sum payment for each year of service. They are vested after 10 years at 50 percent.

Hoffman explained that the state has a formula setting limits for relief organizations on the amount of retirement that they can have. Schrier noted that the state could allow them to do up to $2,300. Hoffman said if the organization’s investments do well, the city may not have to provide a lot of aid. Schrier said they had $335,000 at the end of 2013 with total liabilities of $327,000. The proposal for an increase in Fire Department Retirement was approved.

•Cathy Enerson, EDA Director, explained that the EDA board has recommended the continuation of the H .....
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Preston supports current Renewable Fuel Standard

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their January 21 meeting authorized City Administrator Joe Hoffman to draft a letter on behalf of the city council to the Environmental Protection Agency to be signed by Mayor Kurt Reicks asking for continued support for h ..... 
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Preston City Council approves purchase of police car

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz requested the Preston City Council’s approval for purchasing a new police car. The request was approved. “The 2007 is in dire need of replacement,” said Schultz. The new police car is a 2014 Chevy Impala, the co ..... 
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Preston’s goals and hopes for the future

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Preston is taking a look at where it is and where it wants to go in the future. A second workshop meeting to develop a comprehensive plan was open to the public on January 8. It was well attended by about 50 officials, business people, and resident ..... 
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Preston approves feasibility study

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

At the December 16 Preston city council meeting a feasibility study to determine the cost of infrastructure for a future industrial park on the Robert Doherty property south of the intersection of Highways 16 and 52 was approved contingent on an opt ..... 
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Preston City Council approves Preston Emergency Service to purchase

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

Preston Emergency Service receives $2,500 grant from AGSTAR. Preston Emergency used the grant along with funds given by Preston Fire Department to Purchase a Masimo Rad-57 Carbon Monoxide Oximeter. This device is able to read oxygen levels and carbo ..... 
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Bond rating upgrade for Preston

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman announced good news for the city at the council’s December 3 meeting. Standard and Poors in a random review raised the city’s bond rating from AA- to AA (stable). This is especially good news as the city is plann ..... 
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Discussion initiated for Preston Community Center

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council’s November 19 meeting Mayor Kurt Reicks began a discussion concerning a community center. Reicks had been approached by the Fillmore County Ag Society as to the possibility of working together to make a community cen ..... 
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Preston discusses residential issues

Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council at their November 4 meeting again discussed whether or not to require a ‘green belt’ to screen the Brownsville Mobile Home Park. The issue was tabled after the discussion. A second issue concerning the possible purchase ..... 
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