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Preston speculates about impact of 2017 street improvement project


Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

At the September 8 Preston City Council meeting City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented the numbers of a hypothetical 2017 project as requested by the council. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

The council is in agreement that more streets need work and that utilities under those streets are significantly aged. There was less agreement on whether or not the increased tax burden could be borne by the property owners in the city.

Streets included in the hypothetical plan include an area from St. Paul St. on the west, Valley St. on the north, Pleasant St. on the east, and Fillmore St. on the south. Also included were Sunset Rd., a portion of Circle Heights Dr. and Washington St. Councilman Robert Maust insisted that Center St. should also be included.

Hoffman gave rough estimates of the cost of this size of project for engineering, construction, and financing. His estimate was $3.8 million requiring a bond payment of $128,000 for 15 years. He suggested that this would require a levy increase of 15% in 2017/2018, which would need to be held at that level through 2030. This levy increase would be on top of normal cost of doing business increases.

With expected utility improvements, water and sewer rates will also need to increase, possibly by 50% for residential properties and 25% for commercial properties.

Maust argued the timing was right because of low interest rates and low asphalt costs. City engineer Brett Grabau noted that Rochester projects are taking a lot of the work. Contractors are not short of work opportunities.

Mayor Kurt Reicks asked if we can expect taxpayers to come up with another 15% plus cost of living increases. He agreed the work needs to be done and that doing it in 2017 would probably cost less in the long run, but he didn’t believe, speaking as a taxpayer, that this kind of increase in the future levy would be acceptable.

Councilman Charles Sparks said “there has to be a lot of thinking about this.” Reicks said he would have a tough time supporting it right now. Councilman David Collett asked if the project could be scaled back and done in two steps. Grabau suggested that a $1 to $1.5 million project would be preferable.

Maust maintained that they are talking about infrastructure that can last 75 years, asking why it has to be paid off in 15 years. Hoffman noted that interest costs will be more if the payments ar .....
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HACF awards grant to Fillmore Central fine arts program

Mon, Sep 14th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Carrie Mathison, Fillmore Central fine arts teacher, is presented with a check for $1,525 by Steve Donney, treasurer of the Harmony Area Community Foundation. Mrs. Mathison applied for and received a grant from HACF to help sponsor her new ceramic ..... 
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Preston VFW Auxiliary inspected and schedules joint membership dinner with American Legion and VFW

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Pictured (left to right): Dawn Ristau (local treasurer), GeGe Abraham (district treasurer), Geraldine Daley (local president), and Muriel Hanson (local secretary). Magdlin-Gilbertson VFW Auxiliary #6893 of Preston was inspected at their Septemb ..... 
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Preston garlic grower wins first place award at Minnesota Garlic Growing Contest

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Paul Schmidt, owner of Sunfresh Foods, Preston, Minn., won a first place award in the Garlic Growing Contest (The Big, The Small, and the Not-So-Ugly) at the 10th annual Minnesota Garlic Festival in Hutchinson August 15. Schmidt’s Krasnodar garl ..... 
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Engagement - 9.7.15 - McCabe ~ Hareldson

Tue, Sep 8th, 2015
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Jerry and Kim McCabe of Lanesboro and Diane Hareldson of Preston proudly announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their children, Samantha Jean McCabe and Caleb Joshua Hareldson. Samantha is a resident assistant at Traditions in Preston an ..... 
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Preston discusses 2016 budget

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

City administrator Joe Hoffman presented the 2016 budget reflecting departmental requests at the city council’s August 25 meeting. This first draft shows a 9.11% increase in the levy, or an approximate increase of $69,000. Each percent of increase ..... 
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Jon W. Laging

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Jon W. Laging, 78, Preston, Minn., passed away Sunday morning, August 23, 2015, at his residence in Preston. Jon was born January 24, 1937, in Mountain Lake, Minn., the son of Werner and Marjorie (Rhoten) Laging. He was a 1955 graduate of Moun ..... 
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Preston resident has ties to Laura Ingalls Wilder

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Preston Features

Traditions of Preston resident Howard McFarland has never read the Little House on the Prairie series, but he knows all of the stories. Starting at the age of four, he heard them firsthand sitting on the knee of Laura Ingalls Wilder herself, who was ..... 
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Letter about Social Security...

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in Preston Letter to the Editor

To the Editor, A recent newspaper said that Social Security was 80 years old this year. It got me to thinking about taking a look back and also up to the present. My father’s experience with S.S. was the beginning. My parents were farmers and ..... 
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