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Discussion initiated for Preston Community Center

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council’s November 19 meeting Mayor Kurt Reicks began a discussion concerning a community center.

Reicks had been approached by the Fillmore County Ag Society as to the possibility of working together to make a community center happen in Preston. The council decided to begin talks with the Ag Society. There was agreement that there is a need for a community center.

Reicks and councilman Robert Maust will meet with members of the Ag Society to talk about options for a community center.

Washed out driveway

Jim Bakken, Public Works, illustrated how the driveway on the north side of the New Horizons Mobile Home Park, adjacent to Casey’s, washes out repeatedly. The driveway is now gravel and when storm water from heavy rains run down Chatfield Street from the school the gravel is washed off the driveway. The driveway is private, but it is on the Farmers Street rite-of-way.

Bakken suggested the least expensive fix would be to raise the driveway approach and pave from the back of the approach. He said they didn’t want to tear up a brand new street to put in more catch basins, adding it is the city’s storm water that needs to be controlled.

It was decided to discuss sharing the cost of improving the driveway with the property owner.

Other Business In Brief

•Two quotes had been received to replace the brick facing on the Fillmore Street pedestrian ramp. One quote was from VanMinsel, Spring Grove, and the other was from Stone Expressions, Rochester. A motion was approved to request that Fillmore County pay for half of the repairs.

•A retaining wall located at 109 St. Anthony Street is in need of repair. There is some question as to where the responsibility for fixing the wall lies, be it with the city, the county, or the landowners. It was decided to negotiate with the property owners and the county.

•At&T had proposed a ground lease rent of $300 per month for 25 years to lease space from the city near the water tower for a 12-foot x 28-foot building. At the November 4 meeting the council approved a counter-offer of $500 per month. Matt Kundert, a consultant for AT&T explained at this meeting that the company was not willing to increase their proposal especially since they have to rent space on the Verizon tower as well.

The council approved a contract with the rent at $300 per month to be increased 10 percent at each five year increment. The lease would be for a total of 25 years. Councilman David Collett voted no. He was not comfortable with a lease of that duration. Reicks said the lease will allow AT&T to provide service to the city of Preston.

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