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Preston TIF hearings scheduled


Mon, May 9th, 2016
Posted in Preston Government

At the May 2 Preston City Council meeting, two public hearings were called regarding tax increment financing districts.

Shelly and Paul Hanson have requested TIF assistance for their plans to reconstruct the B & B Bowl, including a bowling alley, restaurant, and lounge. Once up and running they intend to employ seven full-time, four part-time and five contracted parttime jobs.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the EDA has recommended subordinating the Hanson’s revolving loan fund loan position to the primary lender. The city opted to keep this loan in place after the New Year’s Day fire. The council approved the subordination of the loan.

The TIF financing is to be on all the Hanson property on that block, including the Brunsvold building. A resolution calling for a public hearing on June 6 was approved. The TIF for rebuilding the facility is to be for 20 years, with the total value of the increment being $125,000.

Hoffman explained that because construction costs for improvements on Dairy & Farm and Gehling have exceeded estimates, the TIF district budget will need to be modified. The TIF plan has a budget maximum for the tax increment over the life of the project. Modifying the TIF district budget will allow the city council to meet its obligations to the developers.

Hoffman said it is a good thing that the properties are being improved more than anticipated. Both projects are bigger than we thought they would be. There will be more market value for the future property tax base. A resolution calling for a public hearing on the TIF modification was approved.

Other business in brief

• The lease for the council room on Fridays by DVS examiners was extended. The lease was to run out in June. The lease was extended for five years at a standard rate of $20 per day or $1,040 per year, paid by Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services. There is an option in the lease to extend the lease an additional two years after the five year period.

• A report from architect Terry L. Grubbs on proposed exterior work on city hall was discussed. Grubbs estimated the total project will cost $348,600. Hoffman noted that it can be done in phases, postponing some items without damaging the building.

The roof is the priority and is believed to be the source of the leaking around the windows. Grubbs proposed reroofing the west portion of the roof .....
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“Hooked on Preston” mural will celebrate community Preston Library is awarded Community Collaboration Grant

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Arts & Culture

PRESTON, MN – Preston Public Library has been awarded a Legacy Community Collaboration grant from SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) to create a mural for the north wall of the building that houses both Preston Public Library and City Hall ..... 
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Kiera Olson selected for All State Concert Band

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

Kiera Olson, a junior trumpet player at Fillmore Central High School, was selected to participate in the 2016-17 All State Concert Band. This selection was based on a rigorous audition procedure. Kiera will attend the All-State Band Camp at Concor ..... 
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Blossom Hill orchard & farm

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Hillary and Dane Diede at the April 22 ribbon cutting for their business, Blossom Hill orchard & farm, formerly known as Preston Apple & Berry Farm. Blossom Hill is located on Hwy 52 near Preston. Photo submitted

Fillmore Central approves fall coaching positions

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board met for their regular meeting on April 26, 2016. The minutes of the March 22 meeting were approved. The district claims and bills were reviewed and approved. High School Principal Heath Olstad gave his report ..... 
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Read Across America “I Love to Read” - a big success for kids at Fillmore Central

Mon, May 2nd, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Community Education and area businesses partnered up to encourage a reading program for kids PreK-6th grade to promote Read Across America month in March. The Area businesses offered rewards to children who met their reading goals. ..... 
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Fillmore Central Spring Band Concert date change

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

The annual Fillmore Central Spring Band Concert is now scheduled for Monday, May 16, at 8 p.m., in the high school varsity gymnasium in Harmony. This change in schedule avoids a conflict with other important school activities. This year’s conc ..... 
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Fillmore Central announces Summer Food Service Program participation

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Education

Fillmore Central Public Schools #2198 is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Site name and ..... 
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Semcac commemorates 50 years of helping people

Mon, Apr 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Semcac is a nonprofit, Community Action organization that was founded in 1966. Community Action Agencies were established under the Economic Opportunity Act to fight America’s “War on Poverty”. Semcac assists people to achieve or maintain inde ..... 
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