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Lanesboro fine tunes assessment policy


Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council has been going through the new assessment policy and making some last minute changes before the public hearing on February 18. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working with engineers at Yaggy Colby to come up with a policy that works for Lanesboro. The policy needs to be adopted in February so preparations can be made for capital improvements that will begin in the spring.

At the regular meeting on February 4, council member Joe O'Connor brought questions about a couple of areas on the policy. The council declared their intent to adopt the policy with these minor changes made.

One thing O'Connor was concerned about was the definition of overlay in a section that stated the city would pay all costs of overlay on the streets. The new language will better define what is considered overlay as opposed to normal street repairs. Another section of the policy stated that the council may defer, at its own discretion, any assessment payments for residents who are 65 or older for whom it would be a hardship to pay. City Attorney Tom Manion clarified that there are more reasons than just age that an assessment can be deferred. The new policy will reflect these changes before the public hearing.

Tuchek Settlement

After a brief closed meeting with Attorney Paul Reuvers of Iverson Reuvers Attorneys at Law, the meeting was reopened. Reuvers explained that the civil case regarding the fire started by John Tuchek was closed as of the week before, and a settlement of $225,000 was reached. According to Reuvers, the money will come from the League of Minnesota Cities Trust.

"We're glad to put this final chapter behind us from this fire," stated Reuvers.

Farmer's Market Requests

Kelly Davidson was approved as a new board member for the Lanesboro Farmer's Market. She approached the council with three more requests, all of which were approved. The other requests were to adopt the 2008 rules, and to update them on the city's website. They are also requesting the city to install a 110 volt outlet on the light pole in the center of the current market area. The outlet will also be used for any other events in the area.

Other business

• The council approved the engineering proposals from Yaggy Colby for the upcoming capital improvements. The construction projects being completed first will be Whittier Street and Maple Drive. The proposals include the assessment value, ini .....
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Preston council gives go ahead for new pumper truck

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

Jerry Olson, Preston Fire Department, asked the Preston City Council to approve funding for their portion of responsibility toward the purchase of a new pumper truck at the February 4 meeting. Olson explained that the pumper to be replaced was thirt ..... 
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Spring Valley Council Report:CUP denied for LaPolice property

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

The Spring Valley City Council denied a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Andre LaPolice at their January 28 meeting. The Spring Valley Planning and Zoning Commission had recommended the CUP, for the property located at 612 Huron Avenue, be denied at ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Hypersonic loan application on hold

Fri, Feb 1st, 2008
Posted in Government

Late on the agenda, at Monday's, January 28 council meeting, the council tackled an issue that was reviewed by the flood recovery loan committee and the EDA in recent weeks: Does a start-up business qualify for disaster recovery funds? Case in point ..... 
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Planning Commission approves campground changes

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Working well past 10:00 p.m. on Thursday night, January 24, the Fillmore County Planning Commission, cut and pasted last minute changes to the Zoning Ordinance regarding Campgrounds to send off to the County Board for ratification at their ..... 
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County accepts Bonestroo proposal for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Emergency Management Subcommittee recently interviewed three consultant firms to choose a contractor to develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan for Fillmore County. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefed the board on the committee meeting and ..... 
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Rushford Council special meeting focuses on well drilling

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It is rare for the Rushford council to discuss matters unrelated to the August flood, and Tuesday's, January 22, special session was no exception.

BDM engineer John Stewart advised the council on pending water issues.

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Preston citizens troubled over Nursing Home closure

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Preston City Council chambers were full to capacity at the January 22 meeting. Citizens came to air their grievances after Good Samaritan announced their intention to close the Preston Good Samaritan Society nursing home by early March 2008. City Ad ..... 
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Lanesboro city considers new software purchase

Fri, Jan 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman would like the city council to approve a software upgrade for the city office employees. She presented information and bid amounts to the council at the regular meeting on January 22.

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