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Preston street construction to start after Trout Days

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

At the Preston City Council May 5 meeting, City Administrator Joe Hoffman provided updates on the Twenty-14 and Industrial Park projects.

Contractors are expected to start Twenty-14 street projects on May 19. Construction for the street projects will occur between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. No work is expected on Sundays or holidays. Construction should be substantially completed by October 13. Hoffman said the public will be kept informed as construction moves forward.

Discussion moved on to the North Industrial Park street and utility improvements. At the time of the meeting, Hoffman had not yet been notified as to whether or not the city will receive Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) grant funds. The business development infrastructure grant could pay up to 50 percent of the cost of extending water and electricity to the Industrial Park. Proceeds from the grant if awarded are estimated to exceed $300,000.

At the April 7 meeting Brett Grabau, Stantec, presented a feasibility report on infrastructure plans for the North Industrial Park which included a collection pond covering 1.9 acres. Councilman Robert Maust suggested it would make sense to have the collection or retention pond on the east side of Highway 52 further down the hill to allow for more development in the park. Members of the council were generally in favor of having the pond on the east side of the highway. Grabau said at the April 7 meeting that it was theoretically possible to have the pond on the east side of the highway, but it would be more expensive.

Hoffman said they have to make a decision as to where the pond will be located, adding the quickest option is to place the pond in the Industrial Park as originally proposed. Maust wanted to have the city engineer go ahead with a plan without the pond in the Industrial Park. Councilman Charles Sparks said until we know whether or not we will get the DEED grant, we should wait, adding “until it is approved there is no guarantee we will get the money.” Mayor Kurt Reicks commented that if the grant doesn’t come through, we will have to look at other options.

Hoffman said they should hear about the grant later this week or next week.

Other Business In Brief

•A 15 year-old was hired to fill the city’s summer help position as recommended by staff. The two to three month employee does work that would not get done without the extra help, for example, painting. There was some discussion about his age, as he will not be sixteen until July. Hoffman said there are a lot of things he can do according to the safety director. Councilmen Collett and Maust abstained because of the young man’s age.

•The council approved a proclamation recognizing Emergency Medical Services Week as May 18-24.

•Election judges were appointed for 2014 primary and general elections, including David Hokenson, Muriel Hanson, Dawn Ristau, Arthur Callanan, and Richard Petsch. Individuals serving as election judges have to go to a four hour training session.

•The council approved the payment of the annual membership fee to the Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities, which includes cities in eight southeastern counties.

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