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Lanesboro City Council Report: City sales tax progresses


Fri, Feb 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

At the joint city council and public utilities meeting February 20, the council moved forward toward a 1/2 cent city sales tax. Passing a resolution approving a sales and use tax, the council detailed the items on which the money would be used. Whittier, Zenith East and West, Maple Drive, and Hillcrest are the streets that would be improved. Repairs and improvements would also be made to the City Hall/Community Center, the Ambulance Garage and the Street/Utility Shop. This tax would be in effect for approximately fifteen years. The money would be collected along with state tax and then be returned to the city by the Department of Revenue. With a local sales tax, visitors to the city would help pay for the amenities they used.

The next step toward the tax is the writing of legislation that must then be presented by either Tschumper or Ropes in the state legislature. City administrator Bobbie Torgerson and Mike Bubany from David Drown would be responsible for getting much of the information together for the legislation. Briggs and Morgan, P.A., bond attorneys, could be hired to help with the writing of the legislation. According to city attorney Tom Manion, there are resources available to the legislators to help with the writing; the city could have Briggs and Morgan review the legislation after it's written.

In order for the tax to be considered this spring session, legislation must be written in March. A special election could then be held next fall at the city's expense, or the matter could wait until fall 2008.

Council member Vince Jeannette commented that local people, thinking the tax was intended just to fix the park, weren't behind the tax. Jeannette urged publicizing the intended use of the money derived from the tax. Citizens will be able to express their opinions about the proposed tax at hearings later before the issue is put to a vote.

Torgerson reminded the council that if the sales tax didn't go through, the money to cover the needed repairs and improvements would need to come from increased property taxes. Carla Noack added that according to a recent survey, the citizens of Lanesboro were willing to have a local tax to pay for city infrastructure.

Comprehensive planning housing update

Carla Noack presented an update on the comprehensive planning on housing. She began by announcing the good news that developer Dan Anderson was just one investor away from beginning construction on the Church Hi .....
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County supports state workplace smoking ban

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Health Director Sharon Serfling asked the county board to support a statewide smoke-free workplace ordinance at the February 13 meeting. She made note that about 80% of Fillmore County residents are non-smokers. She informe ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Hearing set for proposed Rushford FCHS home

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

Steve Fenlon of MHC, a nonprofit tax-exempt financing specialist, addressed the Rushford City Council at their regular meeting February 12. As transaction manager, Fenlon asked the council to set a public hearing in order for FCHS (Fillmore County H ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council tables action on sewer/street development

Fri, Feb 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

Harmony - On February 13 the Harmony City Council welcomed Devon Scrabeck and other Harmony residents to discuss sewer connection issues for the Jacobson Addition Development. Scrabeck explained that, under the current utility layout, in order to bu ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council approves garbage contract

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council voted unanimously at their Monday, February 5 meeting, to grant a new five year contract to Waste Management for solid waste and recycling pick-up. The contract is for a period from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2012. [Read the Rest]

Preston City Council Report: Feasibility study approved for Preston streets

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates reviewed a preliminary report for Preston City streets at the February 5 Preston City Council meeting. Public Works Director Bill Cox noted that the streets were classified in one of three categories including h ..... 
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County puts moratorium on campgrounds, PUDs, and subdivisions

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - In a move that took many by surprise, the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday voted four to one to put in place a 12 month moratorium on the development and expansion of campgrounds, planned unit developments (PUDS) and subdivisions in the co ..... 
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County puts moratorium on campgrounds, PUDs, and subdivisions

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - In a move that took many by surprise, the Fillmore County Board on Tuesday voted four to one to put in place a 12 month moratorium on the development and expansion of campgrounds, planned unit developments (PUDS) and subdivisions in the co ..... 
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Rushford City Council: Mierau leaves big shoes to fill in Rushford

Fri, Jan 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The January 22nd meeting of the Rushford City Council began with a moment of silence honoring the memory of former Council member Ron Mierau. His chair remained empty throughout the meeting as the council attempted to fill the vacancy he ..... 
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