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Lanesboro City Council Report: Police protection - satisfactory?


Fri, Dec 22nd, 2006
Posted in Government

Hal Cropp addressed the Lanesboro city council at their regular meeting December 18, relating the concerns of the Chamber of Commerce on their perception of police presence in the downtown area during bar closing time (between 12:20 a.m. until closing Friday and Saturday nights). Cropp stated that business owners and downtown residents on Parkway and Coffee Streets had commented on the behavior issues during the past summer and fall and noted he'd gotten more calls since the agenda for the council meeting had been published. Mayor Steve Rahn responded he hadn't gotten any calls on the issue and only found out about it after the recent tourism meeting.

Cropp related no specific incidences, but referred to public urination, public drunkenness and vomiting, as well as loud conversations and fights. "When there was police protection, behavior was minimal," Cropp commented. He emphasized he was not saying the police were doing a bad job; rather he was merely asking for more police presence at bar closing times.

Police Chief Matt Schultz responded he'd been "running the logs" and found the officers have been in Lanesboro "quite a bit," including weekends. The city is currently under contract with Preston for a certain number of hours; the schedule is purposefully unpredictable. He noted there had been no such problems in Preston. "Call me-I'll come to your meetings (Chamber of Commerce). We'll discuss it," he invited Cropp.

Cropp answered, "We will welcome you!"

Reynolds lot split

Mark Welch of GGG Inc., an engineering, surveying and planning company, appeared before the council to request waiving the platting procedures and allow a simple lot split on some property owned by Randy Reynolds. Located on Zenith Street between Everett Johnson's and Jon Pieper's property, the newly created lot would measure 52 feet wide at the street, around 83 feet wide in the middle and 108 feet at the back of the lot. The larger remaining portion of the property is unsuitable for building and would be used for recreation trails and/or picnic area.

Council member Tom Dybing expressed his concern that a home built on such a small frontage would need to be extremely narrow and would likely end up very close to Johnson's shed.

Welch answered that homes are being built more and more on narrow lots and that he felt the lot would be okay. He informed the council he'd staked out the property points on the line.

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Zoning office wants to treat all building permits the same

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - Fillmore County Zoning Administrator Norman Craig discussed a letter sent to townships from his office at the December 12 County Board meeting. Commissioners were disappointed that Craig had sent the letter before discussing the issue with ..... 
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County may do contract legal work

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - County Attorney Brett Corson, who was recently re-elected, will now serve in a full time position. Up to now the attorney position has been part time (.8 FTE). On Tuesday, Fillmore County Board members set his salary at $79,825. The amount ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Harry Street project finished

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

After noting Blitz Construction had finished with the water main and houses were to be connected in the coming week, the Rushford City Council discussed how to encourage citizens with private wells on Harry Street to hook-up to city water at their r ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Council approves loan for new restaurant

Fri, Dec 15th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On Tuesday, December 12, Miles Petree and Lisa Miller petitioned the Harmony City Council to approve a revolving loan for a future restaurant business. The loan will be for $25,000 at 4% interest over a 7 year period to help establish a ne ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Administrator gets glowing review

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Seasoned city council member Rob Norby enthusiastically declared, "I've dealt with four different administrators and Bobbie is by far the best!" at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting December 4. The council members had individually evaluated ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: MnDot rep offers advice

Fri, Dec 8th, 2006
Posted in Government

Craig Lenz from MnDot addressed the Preston City Council at their December 5 meeting emphasizing his desire to counsel citizens planning beautification projects for the ponds. Mayor Kurt Reicks was absent.

Lenz repeated numerous times his r ..... 
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County makes changes to pay plan

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The County Board of Commissioners decided to make changes in the employee pay plan for 2007 at their November 28 meeting. Robert Bjorklund of Bjorklund Compensation Consulting presented the results of his market study for Fillmore County t ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Winona company, PAFT, buys TRW building

Fri, Dec 1st, 2006
Posted in Government

Although PlastiComp had shown an early interest in purchasing the east TRW building, city administrator Windy Block informed the Rushford City Council at the regular November 27th council meeting PlastiComp had not been the successful bidder for the ..... 
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