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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro 20/20


Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on September 17. The topic to be discussed was the Lanesboro 20/20 plans for the future, and Carla Noack was present to answer any questions about the document entitled "Envisioning our Future."

The process of creating the Lanesboro 20/20 plan began with the EDA (Economic Development Authority) hiring Noack as the planning coordinator to create a plan for the future. The focus of the plan is on housing, economic development and land use. The process over the last year or more has involved meetings with people in the community, surveys and research.

Although there were no community members present at the Public Hearing, Noack spoke to the council, thanking them for the opportunity to work on the project.

"Our hope is that it will be used as a working document," stated Noack. She added that they are always open to input from community members, and she hopes the city will use the plans, which go along with Lanesboro's Capital Improvement Plans.

During the regular meeting, the council adopted the Lanesboro 20/20 Comprehension Plan as presented.

Engineering Proposals

City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson presented the council with engineering proposals from both Yaggy Colby Associates and Bonestroo for a drainage project near the ball field. The proposal from Bonestroo also included the cost of a drainage study of Whittier Street, where there have been many water issues lately.

Dillon Dombrovski from Yaggy Colby was at the meeting, and stated they would be able to do the study of Whittier Street as well. The cost given for the ball field drainage project was $2,167.50, and Dombrovski estimated the additional cost of the Whittier Street study at around $4-500.

Torgerson stated Yaggy Colby has been used by the city for engineering projects a lot over the years, and they have responded well to the needs of the city. She recommended going with Yaggy on these projects, and the council approved, with the cost not to exceed $3,000.

The question was raised whether it would be beneficial for the city to have an engineering firm that is used on a regular basis. Torgerson believed it would help her know where to go if problems arise between meetings. Dombrovski agreed that it would be beneficial to the city, and offered to give a presentation on Yaggy Colby's city engineering plans. Having them for the city engineers wo .....
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Preston City Council Report: Preston hires new librarian

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

The Preston City Council met Tuesday September 18 for their regular meeting. Council member Robert Sauer was absent. Bob O'Reilly who sits on the Library Board detailed the board's unanimous recommendation for the new librarian, Elizabeth Anderson. ..... 
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County Board discusses disaster credits for homestead property

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Assessor Robert Pickett explained the current law regarding disaster credits on 2008 payable taxes for homesteaded property owners at the board's September 11 meeting. The Minnesota Statute 273.123 Reassessment of Homestead Property ..... 
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Rushford Council looks at flood money distribution

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - At a special meeting Thursday, September 13, the Rushford City Council voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with SEMCAC to be the lead grant administrator on a Small Cities Development Program application for $1.4 million, with Pe ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Preliminary levy increase set at 5.32%

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

City Administrator Joe Hoffman informed council members at their September 10 meeting that he had successfully trimmed the 2008 preliminary budget. At the last meeting on August 27, he was tasked with finding a way to trim the increase by $23,000 an ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Jacobson Addition assessments approved

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

HARMONY - Many residents of the newly-completed Jacobson Addition in Harmony were present at the city council meeting September 11 to find out how the cost of the improvements would be assessed. City Administrator Jerome Illg presented the council w ..... 
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Spring Valley City Council Report: Council sets preliminary 2008 levy

Fri, Sep 14th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - The Spring Valley City Council set the preliminary levy for the coming year at the September 10 meeting. It will increase 5% over this year. The final version will most likely decrease that amount to 2 to 3% after cuts in various dep ..... 
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Commissioners Report: Flood impacts on county budget

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Coordinator Karen Brown updated the board on the county's preliminary budget for 2008 at the September 4 meeting. She explained that the proposed budget has been whittled down by over $195,000 with savings found in several departmen ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Water issues dominate council meeting

Fri, Sep 7th, 2007
Posted in Government

Water was the theme of the evening as several Lanesboro residents turned out for the regular city council meeting on Tuesday, September 4. The discussion was regarding some serious, ongoing water run-off problems in town. Kelly Jean Ohl had written ..... 
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