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Preston calls for hearing initiating TIF process


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the March 17 Preston City Council meeting a resolution was adopted to set a public hearing on April 21 regarding a plan to set up tax increment financing district (TIF) number 8.

If an industrial park is developed at the southwest corner of the intersection of Highway 52 and Highway 16, there will be considerable costs associated with construction of the necessary infrastructure. The Preston EDA wants to use a TIF district to help cover some of the cost.

The TIF district for the six acre property would be capped at nine years. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that two businesses are seriously interested in this location.

Mike Bubany, David Drown and Associates, would draw up the plan for the TIF district (estimated cost of $8,000). After the public hearing on April 21, the council will make a decision as to whether or not to establish the TIF district.

Other Business in Brief

•The city will contribute $4,000 (which has been budgeted) for the Trout Days fireworks. The total cost of the show is $5,000. The Fire Department has contributed $500 to the show in the past and the other $500 has come from donations. A motion to approve the contract with J & M, the forgoing of additional insurance, and the issuance of a permit was approved. J & M provides insurance that exceeds tort limits.

•A cooperative agreement was approved with Fillmore County on the county’s 2014 project to resurface and make improvements to CSAH 17 (St. Paul Avenue) from CSAH 12 (Fillmore Street) to the south bridge. The agreement spells out the responsibilities of the county and of the city. Hoffman noted the cost share is what the city has anticipated and what the city was made aware of about a year ago.

•Preston has been a Tree City for 29 years. April 25 was proclaimed as Arbor Day in the city of Preston. The Tree Board will hold a tree planting ceremony on that day.

•Approval was given to pay $100 for membership to the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce. The Preston Public Utilities also paid $100 for their annual membership dues. The Chamber has planned a “Preston Pride Clean up Day” for April 26 for the beautification of the city. This is a new activity organized by the Chamber.

•The National Trout Center (NTC) will be asked to report on their first quarter expenses at an April council meeting as requested by Councilman Robert Maust.
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Fillmore Central to move forward with facility projects

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board held a special meeting on March 11 to pass a resolution to issue bonds for projects at both the Preston and Harmony sites. The district is going to finance approximately $4,660,000 in projects with no increase in ..... 
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Preston Area Community Foundation dinner, auction to be held March 24

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation will hold its 8th Annual Dinner, Auction & Celebration on Monday, March 24, 2014 at the Branding Iron Supper Club in Preston, Minn. Social Hour will be hosted from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 ..... 
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Janice E. (Simonson) Winch

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Janice E. (Simonson) Winch of Rockford, Ill., passed away from a sudden illness on March 8, 2014. Janice was born on March 2, 1931, in La Crosse, Wis., the daughter of J. A. and Lucille (Nelson) Simonson and was a 1949 graduate of Preston High Sch ..... 
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Mary Louise Waller

Tue, Mar 11th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Mary Louise Waller, 93, of Preston, Minn., died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield, Minn. Mary was born on September 16, 1920 in Preston Township the daughter of Charles and Anna (Madson) Barber. She attended co ..... 
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Fragmented support for NTC’s request to get state bonding

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

A resolution was adopted at the Preston City Council’s March 3 meeting to reaffirm its support of the National Trout Center (NTC) building project. In 2012 a unanimous resolution was approved stating that the City of Preston will serve as the fi ..... 
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Fillmore Central looks at maintaining facilities

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Superintendent Richard Keith presented the school board with some of the facility projects that need to be done in the next few years. “We have two great facilities,” he said. “We want to maintain and improve them the best ..... 
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Betty Halverson

Mon, Feb 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Betty Halverson passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in rural Ridgeway, Minn. on Friday, February 21, 2014 from a 14-month battle with heart failure at the age of 87. May she enter heaven wearing her dancing shoes and feeling young again. ..... 
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Plans for Preston street improvements move forward

Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

City Engineer Brett Grabau presented plans and specifications for the large 2014 street and utility improvement project at the city council’s February 18 meeting. Also, a hearing was held regarding the CSAH 17 (St. Paul Street) improvements plann ..... 
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