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POET rain garden approved


Fri, Oct 10th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - A letter from Richard Eichstadt, General Manager of POET Biorefining, requested that the city of Preston allow POET to plant a rain garden on city property at the council's October 8 meeting. City Administrator Joe Hoffman didn't have an objection. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann said that a he would draft an agreement.

The approval came with the stipulations that the city may remove it if necessary and that the city will not be responsible for any damage to the garden incurred by snow removal or utility work. POET will shoulder all the costs and be responsible for maintenance. City councilman Heath Mensink remarked that it is a good idea as it will slow water down and filter the water.

The rain garden will be planted in the ditch in front of POET along Industrial Drive. The plantings should filter asphalt surface runoff water draining into a storm pond.

September 24 Minutes

Revised

Dwight Luhmann suggested that the minutes of the September 24 meeting reflected a misunderstanding of the options he listed for the transfer of the old school house from the Fillmore County Ag Society to the Preston Historical Society (PHS). He said that he didn't recollect suggesting that the city gain ownership of the building and lease the land from the Ag Society. Luhmann insisted that the city work out a long term lease for the building only.

The minutes were approved as revised stating that the "city council was in favor of the Preston Historical Society seeking a long term lease from the Fillmore County Ag Society." The PHS will agree to operate and maintain the old school house. The only cost to the city would be adding it to its insurance coverage which should be minimal.

Other Business

• The council approved paying $35 annual dues for a membership with Southeastern Minnesota League of Municipalities. SEMLM is a regional organization that helps communities work together to promote legislative policy that is good for the area.

• The sixth and final payment for the 2007 Street and Utility Improvements in the amount of $61,274.20 was approved. Hoffman said that the 2007 project was complete.

• A recommendation from Bonestroo for a second payment on the 2008 project was not acted on. Hoffman noted that both he and Bill Cox were disappointed with work on Mill Street. Councilmen Heath Mensink and Jon Haugan both cited areas that they wanted the city engineer to look at before payment.

• Mayor Kurt Reicks reported that he had met with the new owner of the Preston Care Center. He said that the east end of the center will be for Memory Care Assisted Living and could be open by January 1. The west side may be used for a senior activity area. In addition, SEMCAC may use it to cook for 'Meals on Wheels.' There could also be rooms for therapy and possibly a dentist. The new owner is Traditions Management Corporation out of Burnsville. The facility is expected to employ 25 to 30 people.

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