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Preston discusses preliminary 2014 budget


Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

A long discussion ensued at the Preston City Council’s August 21 meeting as to the specific details outlined in an early draft of the 2014 budget.

Councilman Robert Maust peppered city administrator Joe Hoffman and city clerk Sheila Marzolf with a range of questions, asking for clarification and more information about funding for street maintenance to budgeting for the National Trout Center. Questions were answered and Hoffman said he would make more details and reports available for Maust’s review, including the Preston Utility audit and specific wages for city employees. Maust again said that he would like to see the NTC operate on its own with one set of books.

Maust argued that city staff should be able to decide which streets need maintenance instead of hiring the city engineer for his services. Hoffman disagreed saying the city engineer has expertise which will save the city money. For example, the city engineer can determine when seal coating a street will not result in extending the usable life of the street because it is already too far gone. Maust said there should be a 10 year plan and Hoffman agreed that was a good idea. Hoffman made it clear that the council makes the decisions, adding if the council wanted staff to make decisions on street maintenance, they would do it.

Hoffman said there will be a slight increase in Local Government Aid of $9,005. The LGA anticipated for 2014 is $493,985. For budgeting purposes a 15 percent increase in health insurance was included. In the past several years the health insurance increase has been about half that. The city will learn before the end of August the actual amount of the increase.

Employees will receive a 2 percent cost of living increase, plus step increases per union contract. A $21,000 line item was added to the 2014 budget for the planned 2014 Project Bond. This item was included to build a fund for an early interest payment expected in February 2015. This funding will add roughly 3 percent to the 2014 levy.

The total levy increase anticipated for 2014 in this preliminary budget would be $36,137 or 5.37 percent. The total levy would be $708,862. The preliminary levy must be adopted by September 15. Preliminary numbers can be lowered but not raised when the final numbers are approved in December. No action was taken. The preliminary budget will be acted on either at the September 3 meeting o .....
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Engagement - Gatzke ~ Kinneberg

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Jon and Elizabeth Gatzke of Preston, Minn. are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Gabrielle Lynn Gatzke, to John Francis Kinneberg, son of Sheldon and SueAnn Kinneberg of Preston. The bride-to-be is a 2010 graduate of Winona Sta ..... 
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Fillmore County Advocates are awarded grant

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

The Preston Area Community Foundation recently awarded a $3,000 grant to Fillmore County Advocates. Fillmore County Advocates is a non-profit victim services agency that provides advocacy and support to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sex ..... 
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Lemonade stand

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

All smiles, Gracie Pfaff and Kendyl Kraling set up a lemonade stand in Preston, Minn. during the hottest days of August. Photo by Jason Sethre

Robert Warren “Bob” Berry

Tue, Aug 20th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Robert Warren “Bob” Berry, age 84, of Preston, Minn., passed away peacefully Friday, August 16, 2013, at the Harmony Community Healthcare after a one month illness. Bob was born October 6, 1928, in St. Paul, Minn., the son of Lloyd G. and Marg ..... 
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Lois Carol Bumgarner

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Lois Carol Bumgarner, 67, of Preston, Minn. passed away peacefully in the arms of her daughter-like niece Amy, at Seasons Hospice in Rochester, Minn. August 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Lois was born on October 21, 1945, in P ..... 
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Book signing event held for Preston author

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

By Jade Sexton Tom Driscoll of Lanesboro, Minn. decided to start a publishing company, and he wanted to launch his business with a book written by Nancy Overcott. Shipwrekt Books published “Living in a Dream,” and a book signing was held on Au ..... 
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Preston Veteran’s Scholarship Fund Awards 18 in 2013

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Education

By Mitchell Walbridge As college students are counting down the days to campus move-in day, 18 of Preston, Minnesota’s finest are one step closer to receiving their scholarships from the Preston Veteran’s Scholarship Fund. The Preston Vetera ..... 
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Engagement - Mensink ~ Persons

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in Preston Social Scenes

Craig and Pam Mensink of rural Preston, Minn. are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Marie Mensink to Chad Allan Persons, son of Keith and Kathy Persons of St. Charles, Minn. Megan is a 2006 Graduate of Fillmore Central H ..... 
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