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AT&T discusses tower with Lanesboro City Council


Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

By Jade Wangen

Several residents turned out for the Lanesboro City Council meeting on February 7. A public hearing was held for people who had questions or concerns about the cellular tower that AT&T had requested to construct in town on Johnson Drive next to the water tower.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained that when AT&T first approached the city, they wanted to add an antenna to the top of the water tower where Verizon currently has one. When they realized the pod mount would not work for structural reasons, they decided to put up a separate tower.

Mark Hemstreet was at the meeting to represent AT&T. He said the location they chose is the optimal location for their goal, which is to improve coverage in Lanesboro, especially the downtown area. He added that the zoning of the location works out as well.

According to Hemstreet, the 125-foot-tall tower could also be used as a flag pole. The tower would be painted to match the water tower right next to it. Along with the tower, there would be an equipment building measuring 11 ½ feet by 20 feet, and a fence would be placed around them.

Many residents came forward with questions and concerns, and most of them had a problem with the location of the tower. Don Bell, who lives on Hillcrest Drive, asked about the structure and stability of the tower itself. He asked how the foundation was set to be sure the tower could withstand the wind and not fall over. Hemstreet said the footings were into the ground 1/3 of the total height of the tower, so about 40 feet.

Anna Loney, Bell's wife, had concerns with the way the tower and building would look. She commented that most people don't want to see these types of things while they are vacationing away from home. Loney also asked about how the on-going maintenance, service vehicle visits, and lights would affect the residential area. She asked Hemstreet if they would be subletting to any other companies. Hemstreet replied they might possibly have a co-locator, but he is not positive.

Loney made the point that the tower is largely geared toward the thousands of tourists that visit Lanesboro each year. Other people also pointed out Lanesboro residents do not use AT&T cell phone service currently. Marv Eggert, who used to work for AT&T, said his guests from out-of-town would love to have AT&T service in Lanesboro. However, Eggert had a few concerns.

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Harmony City Council revisits TIF District during public hearing

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Government

Mike Bubany, of David Drown Associates, was at the Harmony City Council meeting to explain the modifications to TIF District #1. There was a public hearing for the modifications, but there were no residents present.

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CRV minutes January 4th

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The January 4, 2011 Regular Meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Admi ..... 
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City of RV reg. meeting

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The October 26, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:04 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Dale Schwanke. Absent: Elizabeth Atkinson. Also present: ..... 
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City of RV spec. meeting

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The October 28, 2010, special meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m., who then closed the special meeting and opened the Moratorium Public Hearing. Council members present: Dennis O ..... 
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CRV Minutes

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The November 23, 2010 regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Also present: Zoning A ..... 
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CRV minutes

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

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Semcac services in Fillmore County

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
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Wayne Stenberg, executive director of Semcac, reviewed the programs and activities of Semcac during 2010 at the February 1 meeting of the county board. He noted that Semcac employs 260 people in the region and about 50 in Rushford which is Semcac's ..... 
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Rushford's Community Center denied FEMA funding

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Government

This city has received a formal reply from FEMA in response to their request for documentation. According to FEMA, the city is being denied funding because work on the Community Center project was completed prior to FEMA approval and an environmenta ..... 
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