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Preston extends Small Cities Grant application

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained at the city council’s November 5 meeting that the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has suggested the city extend their preliminary application to include single family homes. Councilman David Collett was absent.

Back in May 2012, the city council approved a resolution to act as the legal sponsor for Bluff Country Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA/SEMCAC) to seek small cities grant funds to assist with the acquisition and updating of the Vesterheim apartment complex in Preston. The preliminary proposal that was approved by the city council today will now extend the application to include a request for funding to renovate up to 15 low to moderate income homes in Preston. The intention is to bring the homes up to code and make them more energy efficient.

The city does not need to contribute funds to the projects, but only to act as the legal sponsor and administer the funds. SEMCAC will work with the contractors and the owners. The submission of an application to request $471,000 for both the apartment complex and the single family homes was approved.

Other Business In Brief

•A letter of resignation from Kay Spangler effective December 1 was accepted. She and her husband are moving to Chatfield. Spangler notes in her letter that she will continue her interest in Preston’s development and future and offers her assistance in community projects.

There was some discussion about her replacement. Mayor Kurt Reicks suggested that an appointment to fill the rest of her term would be the least expensive way to go as opposed to a special election.

A motion to request letters of application from the public to be received at city hall no later than Thursday November 29 was approved. Applicants will be invited to the December 4 meeting.

•Hoffman reviewed Chapter 7 ordinance revisions relating to traffic, parking, and snowmobiles. A process to review and revise the city ordinances was started with the late Dr. Robert Sauer. Hoffman said once all the language changes are completed, they will be brought to the council for final review and adoption.

•Requests for proposals for the official newspaper, city attorney, and city auditor for 2013 were approved. Attorney proposals can be either at an hourly rate or by an annual retainer or both. Hoffman noted that they have typically accepted an auditor proposal for a two-year period.

•The canvassing board will meet November 9 to approve the general election vote totals from the city’s citizens.

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