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Lanesboro reviews expenses and revenues


Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government

Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer and Associates presented the Lanesboro City Council with their audit report for 2008. Boynton went over the highlights with the council, starting with the city's revenues.

Boynton pointed out that the levy collections make up 29 percent of the city's income. In 2008 the city collected $382,000. Lanesboro's LGA (Local Government Aid) decreased three percent from 2007 to 2008.

As far as expenses, Lanesboro spent $223,654 on general government, which includes $25,000 for capital outlay. For Public Safety, the city spent $255,000, with $33,000 spent on capital outlay projects. Public works spent $373,075, with $231,000 of that being capital outlay. The projects included street paving, flood damage and other repairs. For Culture and Recreation the city spent $261,477, which is down $30,000 from the previous year. The revenue from Buffalo Bill Days was about $37,000.

For reserves, Lanesboro has a General Fund balance of $355,654. Boynton explained that 65 percent of that is unreserved, which is a good number. There is still a deficit in the fire fund, but it is smaller at a negative $7,100. Park and Rec. also has a smaller deficit at $26,849, due to a transfer from the general fund the previous year. There are also reserved funds in the library, interpretive center, ambulance, Buffalo Bill Days and EDA funds.

As far as debts and General Obligation Bonds, Boynton said the city's debts are being paid off in a timely manner. He also said the utility fund is keeping pace with the rising costs.

Mayor Steve Rahn asked about taking care of the small deficits they still have in the fire fund and park and rec. fund. Boynton suggested they keep an eye on the funds to be sure the deficits don't get too large.

Bond Refinancing

Mike Bubany of David Drown and Associates presented the council with an option for refinancing a bond for outstanding debt that has been called. He and City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman put together a deal with F&M Bank in Preston for refinancing. The council approved the refinancing with a total savings of $11,333 over the seven years. The bond is for a total of $312,500.

Bubany explained that the bond has a prepay penalty of one-half percent. The only pre-payment dates are July 1 and January 1, and there must be a 30 day notice if refinancing. He had checked with Associated Bank in Lanesboro and they were not able to get something together quickly enou .....
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Community members "roll up their sleeves" to save summer ball programs

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



With at least 50 people in attendance, concerned and driven parents met with Community Education staff May 18th to help determine the fate of the summer ball program in the Rushford-Peterson community.

Director Beth Thede led the mee ..... 
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EcoEnergy to add meteorological tower

Fri, May 22nd, 2009
Posted in Government



Don Miller, representing EcoEnergy LLC, explained to the Planning Commission at their May 21 meeting that the additional tower would be located in the Southwest portion of the proposed wind farm west of Harmony. The property is in Bristol To ..... 
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Post-Flood and economic stress a concern at Rushford City Council Meeting

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

Going in circles at times, the Rushford City Council meeting on May 11th brought forth concerns from community members looking for understanding on proposed public utility improvements. Projects are slated over a 10-12 year period, depending on fina ..... 
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Harmony City Council dicusses TIF District

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council had a lot of discussion and made some final decisions on some improvements in the downtown area at the May 12th meeting. The alley behind the bank will be improved with new lighting and street improvements. At the same time, ..... 
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County Board updated on EcoHarmony West Wind Project

Fri, May 15th, 2009
Posted in Government

Don Miller representing EcoEnergy brought the board up to date on the status of the proposed EcoHarmony West Project at the board's May 12 meeting. The comment period regarding the application for a Large Wind Energy Conversion System Site Permit en ..... 
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Spring Valley is a "Storm Ready Community"

Fri, May 15th, 2009
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Mainly routine business at the May 11th Spring Valley City Council meeting Monday night. Todd Shea of the National Weather Service in LaCrosse was on the agenda to inform City officials that after years of work Spring Valley has been awarded the tit ..... 
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Preston to update Land Use Plan

Fri, May 8th, 2009
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The Preston City Council's meeting was relatively brief on May 4. City Administrator Joe Hoffman explained the purpose of a Land Use Plan for the city. The plan was last updated October 1999. The plan along with the zoning map and the land u ..... 
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Does Lanesboro need a siren?

Fri, May 8th, 2009
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's Street Superintendent and Fire Chief Andy Drake brought some matters to the attention of the City Council during their regular meeting on May 4.

Drake believes that an emergency siren needs to be placed near the Zenith Street are ..... 
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