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Preston adopts assessment roll for 2014 improvements


Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government



The public hearing concerning assessments due to the Twenty-14 Street and Utility Improvements was held on November 17 during the Preston city council meeting.

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the 2014 improvements that involved a substantial portion of the city’s streets and utility connections. About 25 property owners attended the public hearing. Assessments have been proposed for 163 properties.

Total project costs are $3,745,683.23 of which $957,751.78 is to be assessed to benefiting property owners.

Forty percent of street project costs are to be assessed to benefiting property owners and 60 percent will be paid by the city. The city pays 100 percent of storm sewer improvements for street reconstruction projects. The Public Utility will pay 100 percent of costs for lateral water main improvements and water service replacement. Sanitary sewer service replacement costs are 80 percent assessed to the property owner and paid 20 percent by the Public Utility. Property owners with a sanitary sewer service replacement will be assessed $999.41 per service. The percentages are spelled out in the city’s assessment policy.

Numerous questions were asked, many concerning a particular property. For the most part property owners praised construction workers. They were courteous and willing to help individuals to get themselves or their groceries to their homes during construction. One lady called the workers very conscientious and very obliging. Judge Robert Benson concurred, calling them a really good crew.

Most comments were positive. Many sought clarification. One lady asked how the interest rate had been determined. City administrator Joe Hoffman explained that it was 1 percent higher than the city’s net effective bonding rate. Any amount of assessment not paid before December 17 will be financed for 15 years and paid in equal annual installments bearing interest at the rate of 3.76 percent per annum. There is an option to pay off the remaining balance at any time.

Neil Britton expressed his concern about all properties being treated the same with an assessment rate of $63.44 per assessable front foot. On the South Hill curb and gutter was only replaced where it was deficient. It was noted that at a public hearing in the fall of 2013 the city council made a decision due to the similarity of the projects to treat all properties the same. Grabau said that one r .....
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Celebrating National Homecare Month

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Good Samaritan Society Home Care of Preston is happy to be celebrating in the month of November not only National Homecare month, but also the ongoing 20 year celebration of their existence. This service which was somewhat unique in 1994 is more the ..... 
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Richard Wildgrube

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Richard “Dick” Wildgrube, age 82, of Preston, Minn., died Wednesday morning, November 19, 2014, at the St. Mary’s Hospital ER. Dick was born March 10, 1932, in Winona, Minn., the son of Roy and Marie (Troppman) Wildgrube. He was a graduat ..... 
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Preston Lions celebrate 70 years

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston All

The Preston Lions Club of Preston, Minn. have a reason to celebrate. Club members, spouses, and guests gathered on November 17, 2014 to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the clubs formation. Preston Lions Club was founded on November 29, 1944 whe ..... 
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Lions Club Peace Poster winners

Mon, Nov 17th, 2014
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Lions Club Peace Poster winners Winners of the Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the Preston Lion’s Club were awarded their prizes November 13. Joe Liew, first place and Ariannah Barrett, third place, are pictured. Second place winner, Liala Vorw ..... 
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Assessment Hearings in Preston

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Two public hearings concerning assessments for St. Paul St. improvements and the North Industrial utility improvements were held on November 3 during the Preston City Council meeting. Only one property owner attended the hearings. St. Paul St. Br ..... 
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FCHS to host financial aid/college information night

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central High School will be hosting a Financial Aid/College Information Night on Tuesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school media center. A representative from St. Mary’s University in Winona will be here with a financial aid pr ..... 
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Fillmore Central students prepare for college

Mon, Nov 3rd, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

With the first quarter of the school year already gone, some Fillmore Central High School students are making plans for their futures. At the school board meeting on October 28, Principal Heath Olstad stated juniors would be attending a college f ..... 
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The Preston High School class of 1949 celebrated their 65th reunion on September 18

Mon, Oct 27th, 2014
Posted in Preston Education

The party was hosted by Ila Mae Olstad at her home in Preston. Assisting serving a delicious dinner were Marie (Ila’s daughter) Shirley (daughter-in-law), and Sue (like a daughter). It was a beautiful day filled with lots of reminiscing. 1st Row ..... 
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