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Collett seated on Preston City Council

Fri, Jan 9th, 2009
Posted in Government

David Collett was sworn in as the newly elected member of the Preston City Council at the January 5 meeting. Much of the brief meeting was dominated by a discussion of 2009 appointments to open slots on the city's boards and commissions.

Councilman Robert Sauer will take Heath Mensink's place on the Public Utilities Commission. David Collett will serve on the Tree Board and as Street Commissioner. Councilman David Harrison was elected by the council to serve as Mayor Pro-tem, a position formerly held by Mensink.

Local Government Aid

City Administrator Joe Hoffman discussed the LGA allotment that was received from the state on December 26, 2008. The payment had been decreased by $44,025 due to the state's large deficit. Hoffman said that the shortfall was covered by reserves.

Hoffman warned that the reduction was only on the second payment in 2008. He admitted that he had no idea of the extent of the impending 2009 reductions. Hoffman said that capital purchases and some projects will be delayed as funding is not expected to get any better. He added that Preston is better off than some cities since it had doubled its street repair budget for 2009, which he suggested should be reduced to its earlier level.

Harrison remarked that they would be lucky if the 2008 reduction was just doubled. Collett commented, "The State always balances their budget on cities, counties, and townships."

Disabled Parking

Richard Hovelson sent a letter to the city requesting a physically disabled parking zone at 100 Pleasant Street SE in front of the Preston Apartments. The property owners, Andrew and Anita Bisek, have no objection. The spot would be accessible to anybody with a handicapped sticker.

Council members were concerned about the exact location of the parking zone. By consensus they agreed to wait until the appropriate site for the parking zone had been determined before acting.

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