At the October 21 meeting of the Preston City Council City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the state is requesting an extension of the option agreement for the veterans home site until March 31, 2020.
The option agreement from the city to the state for the veterans home site was set to expire November 30. Hoffman said they are anticipating a round of federal funding to be announced in January/February 2020. City Attorney Dwight Luhmann stated he had no concerns related to this amendment of the option agreement. The extension of the option agreement was approved. No other changes to the agreement as originally written were made.
No parking zone
An ordinance restricting parking on the 100 block of River St. was approved. Foremost Farms plant superintendent Mitch Peterson had requested a no parking zone on the 100 block of River St. (between St. Anthony St. and St. Paul St.) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow adequate room for semis to back into the loading docks of the Foremost building. The no parking zone will include a portion of the south side of the street and a portion of the north side of the street.
The city received a letter from Pam Kunert, community director at Traditions of Preston. She pointed out that the old handicap sign is faded. She requested that the city replace the sign with a 15-minute loading sign at the area of the curb that is prepared for a walker or a wheelchair.
Hoffman noted there didn’t appear to be an ordinance for a no parking or handicapped parking zone at this location. He suggested they create a 15-minute restricted parking zone by the ramp on Winona St. The council by consensus directed Hoffman to draw up an ordinance for a 15-minute loading zone on Winona St. at the designated ramp area. The ordinance will be brought back at a future meeting for approval.