Preston council prepares to host
motorcycle cruise later this month
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 6:04 AM
Preston will serve as one of the hosts of the 2013 Ronald McDonald House Charity Cruise, slated for Sunday, July 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., according to Preston City Administrator Joe Hoffman. He updated the city council on the event this past Monday evening, during the regular city council meeting.
The ride will encompass 1,500 motorcyclists who will convene around the courthouse square at a stop coordinated locally by Preston's tourism director, Kathy Dahl.
Street closures were approved for the day from 1 to 4 p.m., including Main Street from St. Paul to St. Anthony, and St. Anthony from Main to Fillmore.
Permission will be requested from Fillmore County to close Fillmore from Pleasant to Houston, and St. Paul from Fillmore to Main.
Volunteers will be needed to help direct traffic and stamp rider cards.
The council then considered replacing the city's computer server, as the current server was purchased in June 2007 and has logged 57,000 hours and has recently had a major failure and numerous glitches.
Bluff Country Computer Works prepared a quote for the replacement server at $5,664.32, with the cost to be shared between the city and the public utilities department.
Councilmen voted to replace the server to help keep city operations running smoothly.
A core committee has been formed to guide Preston's comprehensive plan update, meeting six times over the coming nine months. Volunteers are sought from the public and those interested may submit their names to city hall officials by July 15.
Councilor Charles Sparks will serve on the committee from the city council and Robert Maust will be available if Sparks is not able to attend a meeting.
Goose Flat Park
Goose Flat Park's overgrown flora has come to the city's attention, as the park board was unable to find anyone to take care of the park, a necessity since the city crews have other engagements.
Last year's flower beds were weedy and unkempt, drawing attention to the park. The council is hoping there is interest from volunteers in the community to maintain the park.
The council decided to invite Heath Mensink to the next council meeting to discuss cleanup measures and to continue discussion as to what can be done with the parcel, with the intent that an individual or a group will step up to the tasks of planting and weeding before the next council meeting.
Wellhead protection plan
Next, councilors approved amendments to the city's wellhead protection plan. Preston adopted a wellhead protection plan in 2003, assisted by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The plan has reached its 10-year mark and needs to be reviewed and amended.
The plan addresses the wells and water system, the hydrogeologic setting, delineation of the wellhead protection area and drinking water supply management area, as well as vulnerability assessments.
The council voted to request a review by the MDH and approved the wellhead protection plan amendment.