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Lanesboro City Council Report: Streetlights and holiday lights for Lanesboro


Fri, Sep 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

At their regular meeting on September 18, the Lanesboro City Council decided to proceed with the installation of ten streetlights in the downtown area of Parkway Avenue. At an estimated cost of $4,400 each, the sixteen-foot poles will have a flower basket bracket, a flag holder, and an outlet at the top and be the same antique color as the streetlights on Coffee Street. The replacement of the streetlights will be staggered to keep some lighting on the streets during the work. The council opted to follow the recommendation of Norman's Electric and build a concrete base for the poles to prevent salt and sand from wearing at the poles.

Funding for the streetlights will come from the $31,500 sale of 302 Hillcrest. The council intends to ask the Utilities Commission to cover the remainder of the expense (around $10,500) since maintenance of the current aging streetlights comes from the Utilities. City staff will help with the project by digging out cement pieces; licensed electricians will do actual installation.

The streetlights could come in the first week of November and, depending on the weather, all ten lights could be installed yet this year.

The installation of new streetlights makes holiday lighting easier to accomplish. New streetlights with an outlet on top will be able to power the white lights trimming downtown buildings. Lights and garland can also be wrapped around the new poles and plugged in at the top. City staff hopes to get the Parkway buildings outlined for this season, with the exception of two buildings whose owners have opted not to participate.

A group of citizens including Julia Borgen intend to work to decorate the city park for the holidays as well. The council is considering asking citizens for $5 donations toward Christmas lights when an upcoming survey is conducted. The council noted the state would need to be contacted concerning streetlights on highways 16 and 250. Legislative assistance may be needed for the lights as well as curb and gutter along those highways.

Ox Trail Road Update

Council member Tom Dybing reported to the council he'd gotten a representation map of the city limits. According to that map, the city and Carrolton Township share the road with Carrolton Township on the west and north sides of the road. Council consensus was that the city needed to know for sure whether that is indeed the case. This would require a professional survey at a cost of around $2,000. Th .....
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Planning Commission begins looking at campgrounds

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission listened to input from two Pilot Mound residents about campgrounds at their Thursday, September 14 meeting. The commission is in the process of re-writing the rules and regulations in the zoning ordin ..... 
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County awarded blue ribbon

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

A 2006 Blue Ribbon County Award was presented to Fillmore County Social Services and the county board at the September 12 meeting. Barb Sorum, representing Prevent Child Abuse n Minnesota, told her story and that of the award. Twenty-three counties ..... 
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Rushford sets levy at $550,000

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford City Council passed a resolution setting the maximum levy for 2007 at $550,000, the same amount as set for 2006 at their regular council meeting September 11. Since there was no increase, the city would not have needed to set ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Community Center improvements discussed

Fri, Sep 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On September 12 the Harmony City Council discussed the costs associated with building improvements to the Community Center. The council is investigating three phases of improvements. The first phase would improve the east side of the build ..... 
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County aims for 5 1/2% levy increase

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County budget for 2007 was again a topic for discussion at the September 5 board meeting. County Coordinator Karen Brown briefly reviewed the numbers. She explained that the numbers were not final, but the levy increase needed ..... 
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Whalan to annex land for subdivision

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ..... 
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Whalan to annex land for subdivision

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

WHALAN - On Tuesday, September 5, the Whalan City Council voted to enter into an annexation agreement with Holt Township to bring up to 95 acres of land in Section 9 into the city. The annexation is subject to the city of Whalan revising its zoning ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lighting up Lanesboro

Fri, Sep 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Lighting the town claimed much of the Lanesboro Council's attention as they met September 5. Streetlights for the downtown area were the first to be discussed. With an estimated cost of around $30,000 for the ten downtown lights and cement pads, fun ..... 
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