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North Preston regional pond planned

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in Preston Government

Brett Grabau, Stantec, reviewed the feasibility report for a North Regional Pond at the Preston City Council’s June 16 meeting.

Early in April when Grabau discussed the details of the feasibility study for the proposed North Industrial Park, several councilman objected to a retention pond being located within the industrial park. Grabau was later directed to do a feasibility study for an alternate pond location east of Highway 52.

The proposed regional pond to be located on property now owned by Jerald and Shirley Wingert, east of Ivy Road would drain 158 acres, including but not limited to the North Industrial Park, Poet, Dairy and Farm redevelopment, and 97 acres of land that could be developed in the future.

Grabau explained that the drainage area will include multiple smaller subcatchment areas. The pond should be adequate for storm water retention and treatment in the event that the entire drainage area is developed.

Project construction cost for the regional pond is estimated to be about $114,000. The 1.9 acre pond that was originally proposed within the North Industrial Park had been estimated to cost about $100,000. Because the retention pond is to be located outside of the industrial park, a third lot for commercial development will be available.

The cost for purchasing the 2.95 acres of land from the Wingerts is $35,400. A one time drainage easement on 1.37 acres of additional property is proposed to be purchased for $4,110. This overflow drainage area could be flooded during significant rain events. The owner may still farm the easement area. Total purchase cost of property for the regional pond is $39,510.

The proposed pond will have to satisfy MPCA guidelines. It utilizes existing terrain. The drainage report will have to be approved by MnDOT. Once the drainage report is filed for the regional pond that requirement for future development within the 158 acre area will be met.

The council accepted the feasibility report for the North Industrial Park and the North Regional Pond and ordered plans and specifications.

2013 Audit

Pam Ristau reviewed the city’s 2013 independent auditor’s report. The city received an unqualified opinion, a clean report. Ristau said the city staff was doing a good job in accounting the city’s transactions.

The city’s net position increased $130,336 during 2013. It decreased its existing debt principal by $431,744 during 2013. Forty percent of the city’s revenue or $643,556 comes from property taxes. State aid decreased in 2013 and is expected to decrease again in 2014.

City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the state deadline for the audit report is June 30. Councilman Robert Maust asked Ristau if the lateness of the report could be corrected in the future. The city’s due date for the report was May 1. This is the second year that the report has been late. Maust asked if the city will get a discount due to the lateness of the report. Ristau said that there will be a discount as there was last year.

The report was approved as presented.

Other Business In Brief

•Duane Bakke, representing Fillmore County, confirmed that the county would provide 50 percent of the cost for repairs to the retaining wall along St. Anthony Street (CSAH 17) bordering the Nagle and Sunde properties, and for the replacement of brick facing on the 100 block of Fillmore Street W (CSAH 12).

The cost share was explained in a letter from County Engineer Ron Gregg according to current policy which also applies to curb and gutter and sidewalk. There is no record of whether or not the county participated in the construction of either the retaining wall or the brick facing.

Bakke credited Gregg for recognizing the need for the current cost share policy. Hoffman stated his appreciation for the policy which benefits the city and maintains a good working relationship with the county.

A quote from Mensink Landscaping for the retaining wall is $3,550 which will be shared by the city and county. Property owners Nagle and Sunde have agreed to pay one third of the city’s share (one-sixth of total). A quote from VanMinsel Bros., Spring Grove, in the amount of $7,680 for replacing the brick facing will also be shared equally by the city and county.

The council approved the order for both repair jobs.

•Two-way traffic was authorized as needed as part of the CSAH 17 project on the 100 blocks of Main and River Streets. Grabau expected that the traffic flow changes would occur in a one to two week period.

•The DEED grant agreements for building infrastructure were approved. Three hundred and fifty thousand dollars is to be used in the North Industrial Park location and $137,000 is to be used for the Preston Dairy and Farm relocation area.

•Amendments for start and completion dates in the business subsidy agreements for Bluff Country Manufacturing (start September 1, 2014 and substantial completion December 31, 2014) and JMS Agronomics (start July 1, 2015 and substantial completion December 31, 2015) were made as noted. The agreements were originally approved on April 21.

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