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Preston street construction to begin in August

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Michael Lynch of Bonestroo and Associates reported on the project plans and specifications for the 2008 street improvements at a public hearing held during the June 16 Preston City Council meeting. The three proposed projects include Industrial Drive, Chatfield Avenue, and portions of Mill Street and St. Anthony Street at their junction.

Lynch estimated the total project costs to be $198,107.25. About $58,116 will be assessed and $139,990 (70.7%) will be the city's responsibility. The school district will be assessed for some of the reconstruction of Chatfield Avenue and the 5 foot wide sidewalk along Chatfield Avenue. City Administrator Joe Hoffman said that the improvements will benefit the school and improve safety for the students.

City council member Jon Haugan asked if the work on Chatfield Avenue would be completed before school begins in the fall. Mayor Kurt Reicks requested that it be made a priority. Lynch thought that it could be done.

Construction is expected to begin in early August and be substantially completed by the middle of September for all three areas. The council accepted the project plans and authorized the letting of bids.

Flood Update

Joe Hoffman commented that information packets and surveys were delivered by city staff to residents. Twenty-three surveys were returned representing sixty-one citizens. The surveys detailed damages residents sustained from the flooding on June 7 and 8. Residents listed basement flooding, some with finished basements, and damage to household equipment like furnaces. He said that the damages in Preston would total about $200,000. The total damage for Fillmore County would be about $2.6 million. Hoffman suggested that these losses combined with those in Houston County will total enough to qualify for federal dollars.

Public Works Director Bill Cox reported that staff is still evaluating damage to streets and alleys which lost a lot of rock. Cox accompanied by someone from Bonestroo will check roads, storm and sanitary sewers later this week. Cox remarked, "Overall, we fared very well."

Hoffman commended the work of city employees and the fire department for their efforts dealing with the flood and recovery. City councilman Heath Mensink added that 30 basements were pumped out. Cox added that from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Monday, June 9, there was a tremendous change with the help of volunteers.

Tennis Court

Michael Lynch explained that the earthwork and gravel base was completed for the tennis courts. He expected that the bituminous base will be laid this week. A partial payment of $41,254.46 was requested. The council approved the payment.

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