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Codification of city ordinances adopted at Preston Council meeting

Fri, Oct 11th, 2002
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“I hope everybody has done their homework,” said Mayor Clarence Quanrud at the Preston City Council meeting on Monday night. The statement was made in reference to the new publication of the Code of Ordinances, which each of the council members was instructed to read and review at the last meeting.

The publication, which is several hundred pages thick, is a compilation and clarification of current Preston city ordinances carried out by the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC). Codification brings all of the codes of the city into compliance with federal and state laws. The Code of Ordinances are also presented in a user-friendly, easy to understand format. The book comes with a price tag of about $12,000.

Mayor Quanrud confessed, “I have not read the whole book.” Other members of the group also admitted that they had not read the entire publication. City Administrator, Fred Nagle, told the Journal that the old ordinances were very confusing and “tough to find anything.” Mr. Nagle confirmed that an attorney from the LMC has reviewed the individual ordinances and was in contact with Mr. Nagle for approval on some questions and rewording. It was unclear if the Preston City Attorney has reviewed the book.

“It was difficult to interpret the ordinances before with all of the additions and changes over the years. (The revised Code) is sure going to be nice for the (city) staff and the public” commented Mr. Nagle.

The council unanimously adopted the publication as the Code of Ordinances for the city of Preston. Copies will be available at the city hall and the library and may become available on the city website.

Heartland Energy and

Recycling Plant

Several letters were received by the Council regarding the proposed tire recycling facility, which would be located near the ethanol plant in the north part of Preston.

The letters were in opposition to the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling Plant, and each asked for support from the city in requiring an Environmental Impact Statement to be performed on the facility.

The Mayor made a simple reference to the letters, commenting that he “hoped they made for a bit of light reading” for the council members.

The Mayor then announced that the next city council meeting will be completely devoted to the controversial Heartland subject. Because of the large attendance expected, the meeting will be held at the F&M Community Bank in Preston at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 21st, 2002.

“Hopefully, we can limit the comments to one hour for each side (of the issue),” said the Mayor. He suggested that the council members should come to the meeting with ideas and questions. The public is also encouraged to attend.

Planning and zoning

Council member Kurt Reicks, who serves on the Planning and Zoning Board, presented a recommendation from the Board to rezone a Residential 1 area to Residential 2. The R1 area is the west side of Highway 17, extending from the south bridge to the city limits at the top of the south hill.

The reasoning was that three variances have been requested in that area in the last three months. The change would allow smaller lot sizes and more versatility for properties in that area. However, livestock would no longer be permitted.

After weighing the advantages and disadvantages, the council decided to leave the zoning as it is and to continue to handle variances on a case by case basis.

Other business

•Cornucopia Art Center requested a small donation from the city to support the Picture Parade program provided to the Fillmore Central Schools. Even though the council has donated in the past, the group decided to take no action and no donation was made.

•Semcac's Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) also requested a donation from the city. The council voted to “donate the same amount as last year, but no more than $500.”

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