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Preston invites volunteers to help

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

By Karen Reisner

The Preston City Council at their July 1 meeting discussed the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Ronald McDonald Charity Cruise, and Goose Flat Park. The city is looking for interested volunteers to serve. Councilmen David Harrison and David Collett were absent.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman said the Planning and Zoning Commission is looking for some volunteers to represent various groups in the community to serve on the Comprehensive Plan Core Committee. This committee will guide the Comprehensive Plan update and will meet about six times in the next nine months. Hoffman estimated that there could be 10 to 20 members, adding that with a larger group, it is expected that not every member will be able to attend every meeting.

The committee will have two P and Z members and one council member. Councilman Charles Sparks will serve as the council member with Robert Maust filling in during any meeting Sparks can not attend. Interested citizens should submit their names at city hall by Monday, July 15.

The 2013 Ronald McDonald Charity Cruise will be through Preston between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, July 28. The event will be held around the courthouse square. There will be 1,500 riders of which as many as 600 will be expected at one time.

Volunteers are needed to direct traffic, stamp rider cards, and so on. Kathy Dahl is coordinating the event. There will be food vendors and possibly a band. The council approved the closing of Main Street from St. Paul Street to St. Anthony Street and the closing of St. Anthony Street from Main Street to Fillmore Street as recommended by the police chief for the event.

The city will request that the county close Fillmore Street from Pleasant Street to Houston Street and St. Paul Street from Fillmore Street to Main Street.

Goose Flat Park planting areas have become very overgrown. Most of the original members of the garden club that planted and maintained the area are gone. Hoffman said there is a tremendous amount of work to be done and that it would take an unreasonable amount of staff time to do it.

Sparks who is on the Park Board noted that Heath Mensink who is chairman of that board could look at it and see what can be salvaged. One possibility is to remove the planting beds and replace them with grass that can be easily maintained. Mayor Kurt Reicks suggested they inform the public first to see if there is a volunteer group interested in taking it over before they remove the flower and shrub beds.

Other Business In Brief

• The purchase of a new server for the city from Bluff Country Computer Works (Harmony Telephone) for a total cost of $5,664.32 was approved. The old server was purchased in January of 2007 and had a major failure in May and has other problems. The replacement cost will be split with the Utility.

• The Part I amendment to the Wellhead Protection Plan was reviewed. The city has three wells. A motion was made and approved to direct the Minnesota Department of Health to review and approve the plan. The city’s plan was adopted in 2003 and is up for its 10 year amendment. The 10 year update is required and is prepared with the assistance of the Minnesota Department of Health.

• The next council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 9 to continue the discussion of the National Trout Center’s finances. The next regular meeting will be July 15.


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9:40:45, Jul 8th 2013

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