Proshek resigns as golf club manager

By Patrick Fisher

The New Prague City Council accepted the resignation of Scott Proshek and Rob Giesen, general manager and assistant manager of the New Prague Golf Club.

The resignations were presented to the council at its meeting Monday, Nov. 15. City administrator Jerry Bohnsack said that Proshek felt it was time to move on and try something different. He started working at the golf club when he was in high school in the 1970s and has been manager for 25 years. He said Giesen has taken a position with an engineering company.

Proshek's last day with the club will be January 3.

The city is advertising for applications for a general manager with a deadline of December 3.

Bond sale

Paul Donna of Northland Securities, Inc., presented the results of the sale of two bonds. One was for the payment of $209,000 in General Obligation Taxable Tax Increment Refunding Bonds and the other was for the payment of $2.3 million in General Obligation Improvement Bonds. The first bond was a refinancing that will save the city $98,000 over nine years.

Donna said that during the sale of the bonds, representatives of Moody’s Investors Services, who rated the city, came and toured the community and talked with people. He said that it helped them get a feeling for the area and to see the actual growth that is happening. Due to the tour, plus comparing New Prague to cities in similar situations, the organization upgraded the rating on the city’s outstanding parity debt from A3 to A2. Donna said the upgrade reflects the city’s sound financial position.

The council unanimously approved the sale of the two bonds.

Comprehensive plan

New Prague City Planner Renee Christianson presented an update on the city’s Comprehensive Lane Use Plan. She said that Joanne Foust of Municipal Development Group, who has been providing updates at the Planning and Zoning Commission’s meetings about the comprehensive plan, will be going over the final chapter of the plan at the commission’s meeting November 17. The meeting was moved up a week to avoid a conflict with the Thanksgiving holiday.

Christianson said that estimating the city’s population will require some changes. Foust presented three formulas for estimating the city’s future population. The commission decided to use an average of the three to find the city’s population. The changes are needed since the city’s population for 2003, as provided by the state, already exceeds the 2005 projection of 5,341.

Bridge resolution

The council unanimously approved a resolution that the bridge on Second Street NW, crossing Philipp's Creek near Casey's, should be declared deficient and rehabilitated or replaced in the next five years. The resolution will help the city qualify for funding for the bridge, which was built in 1944.


The council was updated about research as to the possibility of getting crossing arms at three intersections in the city at the railroad tracks of Union Pacific Railroad. The intersections are at 12th Street NW, Seventh Street NW and Fifth Street NW. The intersection at 12th Street is of special interest to the New Prague Area School District.

The crossing arms are being considered since Union Pacific Railroad recently updated its tracks and will be increasing the speeds of its trains that go from Montgomery to Jordan, through New Prague.

Scott County, Union Pacific Railroad and the Minnesota Department of Transportation Rail Administration Office are discussing the issue and will hopefully have an answer in the next week.

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