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Preston City Council Report: Impound fees established


Fri, Nov 24th, 2006
Posted in Government

Police Chief Matt Schultz explained the need for a vehicle impound fee for the city at the November 20 Preston City Council meeting. The city will have a reasonably secure impound lot to be located behind the city shop. Schultz asked the council to establish a daily rate that would encourage people not to use the lot as a storage lot for a vehicle. He suggested $15 per day.

Vehicles that are parked on streets interfering with snow removal can be towed and impounded. Schultz said that the owner will be contacted and notified of the impound. He suggested a one time $10 administrative fee plus the daily impound fee. The first day would then cost the owner $25. Schultz didn't expect that there would be any more than ten to twelve cars in the lot at a time.

The possibility of a vehicle being forfeited was discussed. Schultz didn't expect it to be a problem, but expected that after an extended period of time that it could be a possibility. City Administrator Joe Hoffman suggested that the council set the fee rate and at a later date he would bring back to the council for its consideration a draft ordinance to cover the issue. City Attorney Steve Corson expected that once the city impounds a vehicle, it would have some limited liability for the vehicle.

The daily fee was set at $15 and the one time administrative fee was set at $10.

Other Business

• The council passed a resolution in support of the Fountain and Trout Committees and their proposals for pond beautification. The Fountain Committee proposes putting an aerator fountain in the pond next to Preston Service Plus. The Trout Committee has offered plans to develop a 3-D sculpture of a trout to be placed in the pond near the Branding Iron Restaurant. MnDot which currently owns the ponds and is expected to turn them over to the city had shown resistance to the idea of the fountain suggesting that state law prohibits that and the PCA could impose a fine. Hoffman through e-mail correspondence with Todd Smith, PCA, was given assurances that no regulation exists banning fountains in stormwater ponds. Smith suggested that the fountain may even be helpful "by providing dissolved oxygen and mosquito control."

• Liquor license renewals were approved for seven Preston businesses for 2007. Police Chief Matt Schultz assured the council that all the businesses checked out OK on a background check for law violations.

• Ron Zeigler, CEO/President of the Southeast Minnesota Development Corporation (SEMDC), offered a contract for the council's approval for 2007. The contract is essentially the same as the 2006 contract except for a six percent rate increase amounting to just under $1,000. The contract was approved. SEMDC acts as a consultant for economic and community development.

• Joe Hoffman offered what he called "housekeeping resolutions" for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts involving the city. The first two resolutions were to decertify the districts 3 and 4 since the projects are completed. "All bonds and obligations to which tax increment from the District have been pledged have been paid in full or defeased and all other costs of the Project have been paid." Monies left will be redistributed to the different local government entities as property tax. Hoffman noted that decertification is a common practice. Districts 3 and 4 are for the Preston Eye Clinic and the Olmsted Medical Clinic.

An Interfund Loan for up to $30,000 was approved for District 2, the Jailhouse Historic Inn. Two more resolutions reserving the right to provide an interfund loan in the future up to $10,000 each were approved for Districts 5 and 6, Country Trails Inn and Suites and Park Lane Estates Assisted Living.

All the resolutions were approved. Jon Haugan stated that he was part owner of the Country Trails Inn and declined to vote on that resolution.

• A motion to call for bids from local newspapers for the official newspaper and bids for city attorney was approved. The council is requesting that bids for attorney include an hourly rate and a lump sum rate or retainer for the year.

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