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Preston reviews city projects


Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

City Administrator Joe Hoffman reviewed the progress on a variety of ongoing projects at the city council’s May 20 meeting. Councilman David Harrison was absent.

Hoffman said the city utility has authorized about $10,000 to televise sewer lines to determine their condition. The resolution of sewer issues is part of the Twenty-14 Street Project. At the March 18 meeting, the council ordered a feasibility study by the city engineer and a cost estimate for the improvements. The results of that study are expected this summer.

A number of additions to the power plant are being made to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide. The goal is to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 70 percent. Hoffman described the equipment, which acts like large catalytic converters. The total project cost is about $200,000 and is totally funded by Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA). Hoffman called it a good upgrade. Also, the city utility has provided funds in their budget to have engineering done on the south substation, putting some lines under ground. This will be helpful for liability issues.

SWCD has received a grant to help redesign water flow at the trailhead area. Areas that need work have been identified and water flow has been mapped through the city. They are working on finalizing the design.

The council had authorized getting proposals for a new Comprehensive Plan at their April 1 meeting. Hoffman said they have received 8 proposals ranging in cost from $10,500 to $25,000. After reviews of the proposals, there will be a recommendation presented to the council at the June 3 meeting. The project is expected to begin in early July.

Hoffman discussed the retaining walls along St. Anthony Street which are failing. He said the staff will be meeting with the county to discuss the issue. The walls were built less than 10 years ago.

A quote for work on the crumbling downtown brick wall and the addition of garbage receptacles is expected to be discussed at the next meeting.

The National Trout Center (NTC) revised budget is to be presented at the June 17 meeting. The city’s audit will also be reviewed at that time.

No action was taken on any of the above items.

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Fri, May 17th, 2013
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Letter about Davids following party line

Fri, May 17th, 2013
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Fri, May 10th, 2013
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Fri, May 3rd, 2013
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Fri, May 3rd, 2013
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