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Lanesboro adopts Assessment Policy


Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council adopted the revised Assessment Policy following a public hearing at its Tuesday, February 19 meeting. The meeting was a joint meeting of the council and the Lanesboro Public Utility Commission. Vince Jeannette and Jerry Evenson were absent from the meeting.

Some changes were made to the assessment policy prior to its adoption. One section defines more clearly what "improvements to existing streets" means. Four categories were identified, including reconstruction, mill and overlay, reclamation and seal coating.

Another section was revised to clarify who is eligible for a hardship deferment of assessments. The policy limits deferments to those over 65 who own the property and meet income guidelines. The assessment is considered a loan and interest is assessed at 8 percent per annum, with a lien filed against the property.

No one from the public spoke for or against the assessment policy. The council voted unanimously in passing the resolution.

The council approved three methods for property owners to pay for assessments for a number of improvement projects in 2007, including asphalt paving, alley and street repairs, and sidewalk replacements. Property owners have until March 31 to decide on one of three methods of payment: monthly payments through December 2008; the whole amount up front; or assessments over 7 years at 4.25 percent interest.

USA Tree City

The council has taken the first steps in becoming a USA Tree City. According to Mayor Steve Rahn, to qualify as a tree city, Lanesboro must have a tree policy in place, create a Tree Board, as well as a Tree Ordinance, and budget. They must also have a plan for an annual Arbor Day. The Park Board was authorized on Tuesday to act as the Tree Board and resources are already budgeted for purchasing trees. A tree policy is also in place. What remains to be done is drawing up an ordinance.

City Administrator Bobby Vickerman said that two People Advancing Lanesboro groups are also working on tree projects.

Mayor Rahn said that the Park Board has set April 26 as Arbor Day in Lanesboro to coincide with Earth Day. The board hopes to get students to plant trees on that day.

Hydro Upgrade

Jim Peterson of the Lanesboro Public Utilities updated the council on efforts to get the hydro-turbines repaired in Ohio.

Peterson said that he expects that the hydro would be re-installed in April. Plans al .....
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Hypersonic still on hold

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2008
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - It was ironic really, walking over to last Wednesday evening's February 20 special session of the Rushford City council under a clear sky, temperatures below 10-below, the snow pack blue as the Earth from space, a shadow drifted across th ..... 
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Progress made on sewer systems

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig and Donna Rasmussen, Soil and Water Conservation District, updated the board on the progress of the program at the board's February 12 meeting. Craig explained that since 2004 there have been 4,205 individ ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Play ball

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

This much is clear, the great August flood and six-months of unprecedented public demand for decisions-to-be-made and actions-to-be-taken has tested the capacity of Rushford's small governing council, volunteer-staffed boards and commissions, as wel ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Schedule set for Hudson Street improvements

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

A very well attended informational meeting for citizens about the Hudson Street Improvement Plans preceded the regular Spring Valley City Council meeting on February 11. Bryan Holtz with Yaggy Colby and Associates answered questions and individual c ..... 
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Harmony Council discusses Community Center renovations

Fri, Feb 15th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Harmony City Council meeting on February 12 included a lot of discussion on the upcoming projects needed at the Community Center, for the building itself as well as the parking lot and driveway.

The city is planning on putting two heati ..... 
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Moratorium on campgrounds ends

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Zoning Administrator Norman Craig went over the proposed ordinance changes governing campground regulations with the county at their Tuesday meeting. The Fillmore County Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the amendments at th ..... 
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Public Hearing set for Hilltop Estates

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Ron Ziegler representing the City of Chatfield Economic Development Authority asked the county board at their February 5 meeting to consider scheduling a Public Hearing for the approval of a Tax Abatement to construct public improvements t ..... 
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Lanesboro fine tunes assessment policy

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council has been going through the new assessment policy and making some last minute changes before the public hearing on February 18. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working with engineers at Yaggy Colby to come up w ..... 
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