The Preston City Council attended to annual business items at their first meeting in the new year on January 3. Councilman Dean Aug was absent.
Changes to the city’s fee schedule originally adopted in 2011 were approved. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said fees were discussed with department heads to get their input for recommended changes. Changes were minor and included the increase of a temporary liquor license fee from $7.30 to $15.00.
The council had approved the rezoning of property owned by Tim Johnston at 216 Brownsville St. NE from R-2 (One & two family residential) to R-1 (Agricultural residential) during the December 20, 2021, meeting. This day a resolution to formally rezone the property was approved when the council approved Ordinance 293 amending the zoning map.
A conditional use permit for Tim Johnston to construct a ground-mounted solar system larger than 5kW on the property at 216 Brownsville St. NE was approved at the December 20 meeting. This day the CUP with 13 conditions was formally approved for the installation of a ground mounted solar system.
A list of 2022 appointments and the city council’s meeting schedule were approved. There is a new vacancy for a volunteer to sit on the Library Board. The city may run an ad seeking volunteers for any open positions.
The corporate authorization resolution was approved which authorizes Mayor Kurt Reicks, Mayor Pro-tem David Collett, Hoffman, and Deputy Clerk Sheila Marzolf to sign checks (two signatures required). This resolution will be forwarded to F & M Community Bank.
Membership to the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce was approved for 2022 at a cost of $125.
A list of donations received by the city in 2021 were accepted.
The next meeting of the city council will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18.