"Where Fillmore County News Comes First"
Saturday, November 29th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 8:03:53, Nov 24th 2014 - FountainFarmer - Doc, Why do people like you have to turn stories that don't have ... [Read More]
- 7:13:36, Nov 21st 2014 - FountainFarmer - doc, why do people like you think that every story needs a sense ... [Read More]
- 3:50:54, Nov 21st 2014 - Frank Wright - Does the author of this article realize it is not April 1st? ... [Read More]
- 3:03:32, Nov 21st 2014 - Roberto - That IS a stereotype on Libertarians from extreme right-wingers BTW. See ... [Read More]
- 5:10:46, Nov 17th 2014 - doc - I'm surprised conservatives aren't picketing there for their war on women. ... [Read More]
- 5:09:30, Nov 17th 2014 - doc - Is it illegal to push THEIR snow into the street though? ... [Read More]
- 4:16:40, Nov 15th 2014 - Gudrun - Ralph's burial at Arlington National Cemetery is scheduled for February 12, ... [Read More]
- 4:47:53, Nov 7th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - Hey winters coming, why don't you take your concerns to that of the ... [Read More]
- 6:43:44, Nov 6th 2014 - winters coming - Tell Fillmore central in harmony that it is against the law to push t ... [Read More]
- 11:34:53, Nov 3rd 2014 - Tom Kaase - First of all, thank you again to Editor Jason Sethre for allowing people ... [Read More]
Fri, Jan 3rd, 2003
Posted in Features
Posted in Features
The Preston City Council approved a parking variance for Fillmore County’s courthouse addition at a special meeting of the city council on Monday, December 30.
The county, which has 49 parking spaces available in its two existing parking lots, asked the city of Preston for a variance for the entire number of spaces needed for their 21,000 square foot addition. The county’s argument was that while they are adding space to deal with courtroom security, they are not adding staff. Preston’s Zoning Ordinance calls for one parking space for every 250 square feet of building. If the county was forced to comply with the ordinance, they would need to provide 84 new parking spaces. An informal survey conducted by Fillmore County Court Administrator Jim Attwood showed that generally speaking, off street parking is readily available in Preston’s downtown. Fillmore County Attorney Matt Opat told the council that the county is willing to work with the city on parking issues. Opat noted that things like signage could help improve usage of the two city owned parking lots (by the fire hall and behind the optometry clinic). Preston City Council member Kurt Reicks, who sits on the Planning & Zoning Commission, said that parking has improved in the downtown since social services and the health department moved to the new county office building. “The businesses I talked to were very satisfied after the move,” Reicks told the council. Council member Mike Gartner asked the county about parking during construction. “We will need to use one parking lot for construction staging,” Architect David Kane responded. Kane said that one of the county’s parking lots will be lost for the estimated 20 months of phased construction that will take place. “We will need to work with county staff on parking during this period,” Kane said, hoping to minimize the impact construction will have on downtown businesses. Reicks told the council that the Planning & Zoning Commission recommended that the council grant the variance. The council agreed, voting unanimously for the motion. Other business •The council reviewed the work that has been done to date by Helping Minnesota Cities, Inc (HMC). The consulting firm has been hired by the city to update job descriptions, evaluate comparable worth, design a city-wide pay structure and conduct pay equity reviews for city employees. Council members Steve Knoepke and Jerry Scheevel, who participated on the committee working with HMC, briefed the rest of the council on the proposed pay structure. According to Knoepke a city employee will be able to reach their maximum pay compensation after 12 years on the job. The council set a meeting for January 7 to meet with representatives of HMC to finalize the plan. •The council has forwarded a resolution passed by the city council on November 18 asking the Environmental Quality Board to require an Environmental Impact Statement on the Heartland Energy & Recycling energy plant to the appropriate regulatory agencies. •The last action of the night was taken by council member Mike Gartner. Gartner, speaking on behalf of the city, commended Mayor Clarence Quanrud and council members Steve Knoepke and Kurt Reicks for the many contributions to the city of Preston. All three men have worked the past eight years on the city council.