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Property values in Lanesboro


Fri, Apr 15th, 2011
Posted in Government



County Assessor Ron Vikre attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 11 for the Board of Equalization meeting. He was there to discuss property values, and not taxes. He said most of the property valuations stayed the same in Lanesboro, although taxes went up due to some levy changes.

Council member Tom Dybing asked when they would be reassessing the entire city, and Vikre said the next time will be 2012, as it is done every five years.

According to Vikre, there were 15 sales during 2010. He spoke about the sales ratio, and explained the ratio should be between 90-105. Properties should be sold at between 90 percent of their assessed value to 105 percent. In 2010, six properties sold higher than assessed, five were sold for under, and four of them were within the assessed amount. Lanesboro's sale ratio was 101.43, which he said was overall on the money.

Council member Ceil Allen asked about the value of her property, as it went up this last year. A couple of other community members spoke with Vikre as well.

Council member Tom Dybing mentioned that new construction was down 32 percent this last year throughout the entire county. Lanesboro had $398,000 in new construction.

AT&T Tower

Mark Hemstreet from AT&T approached the council with a new proposal for the AT&T cell tower they would like to have in Lanesboro. At the February meeting, the council turned down the construction of a new tower next to the water tower on Johnson Drive. This time, Hemstreet explained that they came up with a new way to make the water tower idea work.

Previously, the council had approved the placement of pod mounts on the water tower. The engineer then discovered this idea would not work. AT&T has found another way to put the four antennae on the top ring along with the T-Mobile tower.

Hemstreet explained there would still be an equipment shed at the base of the water tower that is 12 foot by 20 foot.

"This is actually visually less intrusive than the pod mounts," said Hemstreet.

The council approved the proposal with the agreement that the equipment shed would be painted the same color as the water tower.

Sales Tax

Council member Tom Dybing said on March 9 he testified at the joint committee meeting of the State Senate and House of Representatives regarding a local sales tax in Lanesboro. He said it made a difference when Vickerman mentioned some of the money .....
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County approves Forestville boundary expansion

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Government

Mark White, Forestville State Park, explained at the county board's April 5 meeting that legislation to expand the boundaries of Forestville was approved and signed into law by Governor Mark Dayton.

The 460 acres in question are currently ow ..... 
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Census reveals Chatfield growth

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

City Clerk Joel Young announced at the city council's March 24 meeting that the city has seen some growth, which is good news for us. The 2010 census documented the population of the city to be 2,779 compared to the previous census which found it at ..... 
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Will racino gambling come to Minnesota?

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

Maybe the stars have at last aligned for the supporters of Racino Gambling. Republican Senator David Senjem, district 29 Rochester, and Representative Bob Gunther, district24A Fairmont, publicly introduced the legislation on March 21. Senjem is the ..... 
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Spring Valley reviews audit of 2010 finances

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Government

Members of the Spring Valley City Council settled back in their chairs and listened intently as Tom Wente of Smith Schafer and Associates, LTD, presented the audit of the city's 2010 finances.

The audit report contained the language that se ..... 
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Spring Valley residents urged to donate to food shelf

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
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"Nearly half of hungry Minnesotans are children twelve years old and younger, and the fastest growing groups of hungry Minnesotans are senior citizens!" A statement such as this definitely gets your attention. Mayor Jim Struzyk walked throug ..... 
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Rushford selects city administrator candidate

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Wednesday, March 23rd, six months after former administrator Windy Block handed in his resignation, the city council, with assistance from a special search team, has declared its candidate for the vacant administrator position. Steve Sarvi, of Water ..... 
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Rushford selects city administrator candidate

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
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Wednesday, March 23rd, six months after former administrator Windy Block handed in his resignation, the city council, with assistance from a special search team, has declared its candidate for the vacant administrator position. Steve Sarvi, of Water ..... 
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Preston takes a step toward floodway and floodplain redevelopment

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
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EDA Director Cathy Enerson explained the EDA recommendation to the Preston City Council at their March 21 meeting. The first phase of the plan is to do an environmental study on each of three properties identified for possible acquisition, including ..... 
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