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Lanesboro Council holds public hearings on capital improvement projects


Fri, May 23rd, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council held two public hearings before their regular meeting on May 19. The first one was for the Capital Improvements that will be done to the Community Center. Elizabeth Blakesley, who works with Mike Bubany at David Drown Associates, was there to answer any questions the council or the public may have about the project.

Blakesley explained the project will include re-roofing the building and redoing the HVAC system. With the Capital Improvement Plan, they can borrow with the city's general obligation pledge and receive a lower interest rate. She noted that a recent bond sale was set at a little over four percent. After the council adopts the resolution, they must wait 30 days for residents to protest and reverse the referendum, at which point it will go to the general election.

There were no comments or questions from the public on the project, and the council passed the resolution for the Capital Improvement Plan.

The second public hearing was for the proposed changes in utility rates. The changes were based on a 2008 Electric Rate Study done by Power Plus Engineering in April, and were approved by the council. Residential electric rates will increase nine percent, and commercial rates around one percent. The base charge for sewer will go from $7.50 to $10.00, and the garbage fee increased from $7.20 to $7.80.

"We're trying to run it like a business," said council member Kevin Drake, who is on the Public Utilities Commission. "We want to be as fair as possible, and we are still competitive compared to other cities."

Audit Report

Jason Boynton and Darcie Abbott from Smith Schafer presented the council with the report from the 2007 audit. Boynton explained that the audit gave assurance that the financial reports of the city are clean and without errors. He noted that the state recommendation that cities have 35-50 percent of the general fund in reserve, but said that smaller cities are having trouble meeting that. Lanesboro currently has 103 percent of the general fund in unreserved funds. The general fund balance is $529,673.

According to Boynton, Local Government Aid (LGA) has decreased by two percent in the last year, and is not keeping pace with the city's needs. This means the city has to ask for more money to make up for it in their levy. The city spent $207,568 in government expenditures, $254,000 on public safety (which includes a new fire truck), $215,890 on public work .....
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Map omission stirs controversy

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - City of Rushford Village council members made clear their disappointment with the new county map and its failure to recognize the City of Rushford Village as a city at the county board's May 13 meeting. Commissioner Marc Prestby was absent ..... 
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Rushford Council sells business lot

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - A decisive step was made in Rushford Hardware's proposed move to north of town when the Rushford City Council voted, albeit reluctantly, to sell owner Greg Norstad's Lot #10 in the Rush Creek Business Park.

Norstad's store in the ..... 
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Harmony Council discusses antique mall and other projects

Fri, May 16th, 2008
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Plans will soon be underway for a new antique mall in Harmony's Industrial Park. Terry and Jean Ingvalson of Mabel will be putting up a new building which will house multiple antique vendors. Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates attended the City C ..... 
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Budget limits Spring Valley rec improvements

Fri, May 16th, 2008
Posted in Government

Parks Director John Fenske reported bids for replacing the blacktop surface of the tennis courts to the Spring Valley City Council members at their May 12 meeting. The surface replacement would cost about $36,960 for asphalt and about $38,586 for co ..... 
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Weight limits enforced on County Roads

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Engineer John Grindeland fielded questions from board members at the May 6 meeting. A citizen called in Friday, May 2, to report an abuse of weight restrictions on a county gravel road. The county sheriff was notified and a deputy w ..... 
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Preston Fire Department to manage gambling

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

At the May 5 Preston City Council meeting, council members considered three proposals submitted by local organizations applying for the opportunity to manage gambling activities at the B & B Bowl. Several months ago the council had decided to try to ..... 
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Lanesboro Council looks at property issues

Fri, May 9th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council meeting on May 5 included a few different planning and zoning issues with property in town. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended that the city approve a request from Bob Schrupp about his property located kitty c ..... 
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Full house at Lanesboro assessment hearing

Fri, May 2nd, 2008
Posted in Government

There was a full house at the Community Center when Lanesboro held a Preliminary Assessment Hearing for upcoming street repairs on Monday,April 28. Many residents who live on both Whittier Street and Maple Drive showed up to ask questions and expres ..... 
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