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Preston Council concerned over Forestville Bridge closure

Fri, Jul 11th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Mayor Kurt Reicks raised the issue of the bridge closure to vehicle traffic on county road 118 at Forestville State Park at the July 7 Preston City Council meeting. Robert Sauer was absent.

Reicks explained that the bridge sustained further damage as a result of the early June flooding. The bridge is now closed to vehicle traffic but open to horse, bicycle, and foot traffic. He admitted that park officials want it closed, as it then allows only one entrance and exit from the park. State officials are to inspect the bridge.

The mayor suggested sending a letter to the Fillmore County Board and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in support of getting the bridge either repaired or replaced. Reicks said that it is in the interest of the Preston business community to have the bridge open as it allows an entrance to the park from the side near Preston. Councilman Heath Mensink agreed. The council unanimously voted to send the letters of support.

Other Business

• J & S Real Property, Inc. applied for a $10,000 loan from the city of Preston Economic Development revolving loan fund. City Administrator Joe Hoffman noted that the owners, Scott Springer and Joshua Howe, wanted to renovate the old Laundromat space into three business offices and retail sale spaces. The loan would be amortized over 10 years at 3% interest.

City Attorney Dwight Luhmann who is chairman of the EDA committee said that the EDA had looked at and approved the application subject to the committee's review. The subcommittee recommended approval. The council approved the loan.

• Joe Hoffman updated the council on the city's damage from the recent flooding to its public infrastructure. He admitted that he was surprised to discover that much of it was covered by insurance. He said the president has declared the four county area a disaster area which makes losses to public infrastructure eligible for FEMA funds.

• City Clerk Sheila Marzolf asked the council to approve election judges for the September 9 primary and November 4 general elections. She noted that two council positions and the mayor's position will be up for election. Filing for the positions opens August 26 and will close on September 9. Five election judges were approved including David Hokenson, Muriel Hanson, Dawn Ristau, Arthur Callanan, and Richard Petsch.

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