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Preston City Council Report: Preston hires new librarian

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met Tuesday September 18 for their regular meeting. Council member Robert Sauer was absent. Bob O'Reilly who sits on the Library Board detailed the board's unanimous recommendation for the new librarian, Elizabeth Anderson. She has served thirteen years as assistant librarian at the Preston Library. O'Reilly said that she was one of nine applicants for the position.

O'Reilly thanked retiring librarian Janene Roessler for her thirteen years of service. He credited Roessler with bringing the library's technology into the 21st century. Anderson will start her new position when Roessler leaves at the end of October. The council approved the hiring of Anderson.

2007 Street and Utility Projects

Brett Grabau representing Bonestroo and Associates updated the council on the 2007 Street and Utility Projects. He said the projects are proceeding smoothly except for the recent wet weather conditions. Grabau asked the council to consider giving the contractors an extension on their contract from September 30 to October 6 for a fall completion date of the projects. He said that they have been hampered by about fifteen rainy days and the contractors were also requesting that the council consider a waiver of damages for Phase II of the project because of the weather.

Mr. Grabau noted that the October 6 date may be a little ambitious, but conceded that with good weather the work can move along rapidly. The council unanimously approved the waiver of damages and the extension of the contract as recommended by the city engineer.

The council approved the second payment for work on the improvements. Grabau added that 5% of the payments will be held back and paid next spring after the final work is completed.

Police Chief Vacation

Preston Police Chief Matt Schultz is taking his accumulated vacation time from October 4 to November 2. Fillmore County Sheriff Deputy Jesse Grabau will be filling in for the chief during his absence. Schultz requested that the council allow Grabau a $5 per hour pay increase during that time to compensate Grabau for the added responsibility. The council approved the temporary pay increase for Grabau.

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