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Preston City Council Report: Sturgis Rules adopted

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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A more subdued and businesslike council worked together through Tuesday night’s agenda. Mayor David Pechulis requested a quiet moment for Council member Mike Gartner who is hospitalized.

Over the last few months council members have been reading the ‘rules of order.’ Discussion ensued over which of the three possibilities were best suited to their needs. Robert’s Rules are the most detailed and formal, Sturgis is less detailed but still formal, and Democratic are informal and the simplest. Council member Mike McGarvey remarked that the Democratic Rules reminded him of rules for a Cub Scout Master. He felt that Sturgis “spells it out and explains it better.”

City Attorney David Joerg said that the main thing is “the council should adopt one as quickly as possible... any would be better than none.”

Council member Jerry Scheevel said, “The simpler the better, since we haven’t followed any rules.”

Dr. Robert Sauer looked around acknowledging the crowd and stated that he “hoped that when all this mismash is done that we still have all these (interested) people.” Pechulis felt that the Democratic Rules left a lot of “holes out there that would need to be filled.”

Dr. Sauer warned that “Robert’s Rules can be used as a weapon to stifle debate...the people out here need to be able to talk.” The council voted unanimously to adopt Sturgis Rules.

Public Hearing on Kansas Street Improvements and

Sanitary Sewer Replacements

Joe Palen of Bonestroo, Rosene, Annderlik & Associates took questions from citizens about the proposed utility and street improvements for Kansas Street. The estimated street and boulevard assessment per lineal foot will be between $55.00 to $60.00 a lineal foot. Sanitary sewer replacement would require an individual property owner to pay for the replacement of the four-inch PVC pipe from the main to the owner’s home.

Kansas Street would be 44 feet wide instead of the existing 39 feet wide. However, the individual’s street assessment is based upon a 32 foot wide street model. Sidewalks and water mains are not scheduled to be replaced.

One citizen maintained that if assessing were done fairly, all streets should be assessed the same. Palen explained that in his opinion, “the city needs to develop some sort of process, a policy to treat everybody the same.”

Along with the TH 52 project, streets connecting to 52 including Houston, St. Paul, and Pleasant Streets will have sanitary sewer replacements on portions of the streets costing property owners an estimated $850 to $1,100. Citizens were concerned about water and sewer service interruptions during construction. Mr. Palen assured them that they would have service; water interruptions may occur but usually not for more than a couple of hours.

Palen said that the project is scheduled to be bid next March. City Administrator Fred Nagle explained that citizens would have the same time to pay as the city has to pay for the bond which will probably be 15 years. Citizens can pay it off at any time prior to that if they wish, paying less in interest.

Sign for City Hall

A total of $1600.00 was approved for a double sided 4' x 8' sign for city hall. The sign being made by Kelly Printing & Signs will be displayed outside city hall to help direct citizens to the utility and police offices.


Mike McGarvey distributed information detailing the importance of tourism both to the state and local economy. It is the third largest retail industry behind automotive and grocery stores. It is about equal to the agricultural industry in this state.

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