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Preston City Council sets preliminary budget and levy


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

During a short meeting on September 4, 2012, the Preston City Council approved the preliminary levy for 2013 at $672,725. This comes out to an increase of 2.9 percent. It was noted that at that increase, a person with a home that is worth $100,000 would pay $20 more per year in property taxes. Mayor Kurt Reicks reminded the council that they couldn’t increase the levy or budget before it is finalized, but they can decrease it. The final will be set in December.

The council approved a new five-year contract with S&S Sanitation. Owner Tony Severson went over a few changes from the previous contract. The cost will increase 0.5 percent each year. The senior citizens discount for people over 65 was $1.00 off and will now be $2.00 off. There is also a change from the 30-day notice to a 10-day notice. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained that if S&S Sanitation stops their services, the city won’t have to wait 30 days to find a replacement. He doesn’t foresee any issues with this.

Preston Public Works Director Jim Bakken explained the city’s need to replace the civil defense sirens in order to be compliant with state narrow band requirements. They need to have two of their four receivers upgraded.

A bid was approved from Whitewater Wireless to do the needed work for $5,500. There is $2,500 budgeted for 2012, and another $2,500 for 2013. Hoffman said they may be able to budget less in 2014.

Other business

The council approved the consent agenda, which included the annual membership in the League of Minnesota Cities for 2013. It also included setting the date for the final levy approval for Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 6:05 p.m. with a continuation on Monday, December 17.
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In Service - PFC Kyle D. Koch

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Private First Class Kyle D. Koch, 21, a 2009 graduate of Fillmore Central High School, has earned the title “U.S Marine” upon graduating from Marine Corps recruit training in San Diego on Aug. 10, 2012. Kyle is the son of Dale and Becky Koch of ..... 
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2012 Summer Reading at Preston Public Library

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

We had a fantastic Summer Reading Program this year, and we extend Congratulations to all of our successful summer readers! A total of 85 participated in Preston Public Library’s “Dream Big, Read!” reading program. Little ones in the Cuddle Me ..... 
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Area resident is a lottery winner

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Congratulations to Cheryl Miller of Preston. Miller won $5,000 by playing the Lottery’s Cash Multiplier scratch game. Miller claimed the prize on Aug. 20, 2012. The winning ticket was purchased at Preston Motor Mart, 209 Kansas St. NW in Preston. ..... 
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NASCAR competitor is ‘driven’ to recognize military women

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

In a male-dominated sport, Jennifer Jo Cobb, a driver with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, is doing something to show that women are just as capable as men. She is the creator of the promotional campaign “Driven2Honor,” which brings recog ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves staffing changes

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The new school year is off to a great start for Fillmore Central students, who started school early this year due to a project being done at the high school next summer. Principal Heath Olstad said everything is running smoothly. At their regular ..... 
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Preston reviews first draft of 2013 budget

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman presented a draft of the 2013 budget compiled from departmental requests at the council’s August 22 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent. The meeting was held in the fire hall due to the ongoing remodeling of city ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Audubon Program: “Preston Chimney Swifts”

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

In 2011, Preston set the record for the largest number of swifts in the state of Minnesota. Please join Audubon members for an enjoyable evening of watching Chimney Swifts do their amazing dive into the large chimney attached to the TrailHead Inn & ..... 
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Bauer Built announces acquisition of Hanson Tire Service, Inc. LeRoy, Minnesota

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Jerry Bauer, President of Bauer Built, Inc. of Durand, Wisconsin announces the acquisition of Hanson Tire Service, Inc. headquartered in LeRoy, Minnesota along with a location in Preston, Minnesota. Hanson Tire has been servicing the Midwest for the ..... 
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