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Mayor tells chamber city in good financial shape

PRESCOTT -- Prescott Mayor Mike Hunter came with good news for those attending the chamber of commerce meeting Wednesday.

"The city is in good financial shape," Hunter said. "I'm proud of what we're doing as a city."

Hunter also talked about other city highlights during his speech.

"I'm very proud of our library," he said. "Freedom Park has been a success beyond my beliefs and the schools are doing good things."

Hunter also told chamber members about the city's wish list of improvements, including a multi-purpose trail along Hwy. 35, a beach house, a wind turbine, new fire hall and a water park. He said the list will go to the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, where it will be prioritized.

In other highlights:

  • City Zoning Administrator Jayne Brand also addressed the chamber. She attended a recent conference in Madison and was told cities need to develop a handbook to brand their communities. "Basically, it's how we can identify Prescott with its people," she said. Terms were used like loyal, passionate, imaginative and fun to be with. Brand also said Prescott "is working on trying to become a better community for businesses." She said this based on the most recent tax base showing over 80 percent of Prescott's tax base is residential.
  • It was announced the annual dinner is scheduled for Feb. 10, 2009, at The Afton House.
  • Chamber Coordinator Trisha Huber informed members that, once a week, she will broadcast the latest chamber news on KDWA Radio in Hastings, Minn. Huber also said the chamber board currently has a couple of vacancies and, if interested, to contact her.
  • The next chamber meeting was set for 8 a.m. Jan. 14, 2009, at the Arbor Inn.
Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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