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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 cost being $20,441 on a state bid. Schultz requested up to $23,500 in order to cover graphics and retrofitting. There is currently $21,500 in the new equipment fund.

The 2007 Chevy Impala that is currently being used by Officer Rick Dahly is anticipated to bring in about $3,000 at auction.

Fee Schedule

The council had a discussion about the schedule of fees. The schedule has been in a place for several years without any changes.

Maust asked about the fee for rock, which he felt was very low. The schedule reads $50 for less than 12,000 square feet, and he wondered if that was supposed to be 1,200 feet. There is also a fee for sanding. There is also a service fee for using a wood chipper and removing trees.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the city is trying to get out of doing that sort of work on private properties. “We are not a service for hire,” he said. “These are if we need to take care of something.” He gave the example of a tree falling into an alley, and the property owner being unable to remove it. The city would then bill the property owner for those services.

“This is for an emergency situation where you have to go out,” Mayor Reicks explained.

Hoffman said he couldn’t remember the last time the city has billed anyone for these services, but the fees are a base for a charge if it is needed.

The administrator will be looking into the fees and checking on costs for sanding, rocks, equipment rental, and others.

Employee Step Scale

The City of Preston and Preston Public Utilities Pay Step Scale was approved as presented. The 2014 budget included the two percent COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) that was previously approved by the council.

According to Deputy Clerk Sheila Marzolf, the step scale affects around 20 people, and some of them are part-time employees.

Maust asked if other towns use a pay step scale for their employees. Mayor Reicks said many of them do, and Preston has had the step scale in effect as long as he has been around.

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Preston’s Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-off

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

Let it snow - just in time for Preston’s annual Candlelight Ski & Chili Cook-Off event! Bundle up and come on down to the Trailhead Inn office on Saturday evening, January 18 to ski on the trail and to test-taste some wonderful chili contest entri ..... 
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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 Red Kettle Campaign helps county

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

The Salvation Army of Fillmore County held one of its Red Kettle Campaigns on Friday, December 20, 2013 in Preston, Minn., which is a very important fundraising event for the Salvation Army in Fillmore County as it collects a large portion of the en ..... 
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Find your Serenity Within in Preston

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

A new business has opened in Preston, Minn. where area residents can go for a relaxing massage that can be beneficial to their health and well-being. Nancy Back has opened Serenity Within, which is located at 133 Fillmore Street W., Suite 4, in dow ..... 
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The National Trout Center, an investment in our future

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The New Year celebrates the fifth operating year of the National Trout Center (NTC) in Preston, Minn. Conceived in 2009 by the Preston Economic Development Authority as a regional economic development engine, the NTC showcases the extraordinary land ..... 
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Adult co-ed basketball

Thu, Jan 2nd, 2014
Posted in Preston Sports

Fillmore Central Community Education sponsored adult co-ed basketball will resume activities on Wednesday, January 8 at 6:45 p.m. at the middle school gymnasium in Preston, Minn. This scheduled activity will run weekly on Wednesday nights up to East ..... 
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Fillmore County Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Preston Chamber of Commerce members and City Administrator Joe Hoffman welcome Lisa Stensrud and her technician Kristina Ruud with a ribbon cutting at the Fillmore County Physical Therapy open house on December 12, 2013. Pictured from left to right a ..... 
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Budget and levy approved by Fillmore Central School Board

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board approved the budget for the 2014-2015 school year, as well as the 2013 payable 2014 tax levy, at the regular board meeting on December 18. There was an increase in the levy of 24.32 percent, a difference of more ..... 
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