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Ideas sought for new housing lots

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Lake Preston City Council met on May 10 for their regular meeting.

Jake Smith with the Development Board sought ideas to finance the development of 5th Street to accommodate the new housing lots where the manor used to be. The project could cost between $125,000 to $150,000, depending on the surface material used.

Council approved the $2,540 for the historic search and digital pictures of the water to submit to SHIPO.

Brian Zeeck mentioned the tuckpointing bid is looking better.

There was discussion on the added cost to put things on the water tower. An agreement to see what others in the area are doing was reached.

Zeeck suggested taking down the batting cages and putting up basketball hoops. The city employees also installed six new cameras in the park and four more at the pool. Campground improvements and addition are moving along. The old picnic shelter is done and removed, as dirt work in the addition will start soon.

Brenda Klug started discussion on the time and frequency of the swim breaks at the pool. It was suggested to take one 15-minute break at 3 p.m. instead of having a 10-minute break every hour. This was put on hold without action to do research on guidelines and regulations.

Council passed the purchase of 24 new flags for Main Street.

The code enforcer examined properties this past Friday and identified 23 properties that are in need of attention by the owners. Klug will work on providing a list for the properties identified.

Mike Jenkins was in attendance of the meeting to take in council concerns. There are ongoing concerns with the truck route and with dogs running around town. As it has been mentioned in many previous meetings, the city council cannot enforce the ordinance, the Kingsbury County Sheriff's Office does. It was noted by Mayor Andy Wienk that if you have an issue, call the sheriff's office. They are the correct entity to contact; they have the Lake Preston ordinances and should be contacted at the time of the event.

Reelected council members, Brian Verhey, Joe Schnell and Kristen Longville, were all sworn in for an additional term, with Joe Schnell voted in as president and Donna Bumann as vice-president.

The council unanimously approved drawdown for grant money of the water and sewer project to pay incoming bills from Banner.

Council also approved an ordinance for medical marijuana until such a time there are state regulations.

As the meeting was winding down, the council touched on employee concerns.

Zeeck mentioned the band shell is in need of new shingles. The last renovations were performed in 1998 by the Progressive Community Women's group.

Klug brought to light that new lifeguards will need new uniforms.

Verhey inquired about a garage being torn down on a condemned property, along with railroad concerns on Preston Ave. He also provided documentation from Geotek that suggested Park Ave. S. is structurally sound to be a truck route.

Longville asked about the fan at the pool, and Zeeck has it being looked at later this week.

Further inquiries were made about the mass mailing of a donation letter to all Lake Preston residents requesting donations for the ongoing campground improvements as Lake Preston was not awarded the competitive grant dollars for which they applied.

Daycare is still an issue. Parties may be interested in getting things up and running, but those interested should contact the LP Development Board.

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