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Fire Department to kick in funds for fireworks

Fri, Mar 20th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council had a light agenda at their March 13 meeting. Mayor Kurt Reicks announced that the Fire Department would raise $500 to make whole the contract amount for the Trout Day Fireworks. City Administrator Joe Hoffman had suggested a cut from $5,000 to $4,500 for the display as part of the proposed budget reductions for 2009. The council had approved the reductions.

The council voted to approve the signing of the contract provided by Heath Mensink for $5,000 for the fireworks.

Other Business

•The council approved a lot split and variance for Mike Schwartz as recommended by the Planning and Zoning Committee. The P & Z held a public hearing before the council meeting. Schwartz will split the 6.61 acre parcel, part of the old Harold Schwartz farm, into two parcels, 3 acres with a home and 3.61 acres as agricultural land. The variance is necessary because the ordinance requires R-1 property to be a minimum of 5 acres.

•Councilman Robert Sauer gave notice that he would rewrite Ordinance 10.99 and present to City Attorney Dwight Luhmann for review before bringing to the council for their consideration at the first meeting in April. The ordinance deals with general penalties for a violation of any of the ordinances. Sauer maintained that the intention of the modification is to "change this ordinance to make it more citizen friendly." He suggested that in its current form it is too punitive with fines and penalties.

•Steve Corson complained to the council about parking conflicts near the Trailhead Inn. He said that a flatbed had been parked on the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) owned parking lot in front of the motel. Hoffman said that he would call the DNR and try and mediate the conflict. He suggested that the city was in the middle of the problem without any physical control to solve it.

•Corson later maintained that the city had years ago agreed in their development agreement to provide parking spaces for the motel in exchange for the alley behind the motel.

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