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Lanesboro City Council Report: Overnight parking issue addressed


Fri, Aug 25th, 2006
Posted in Government

Mrs. B's owner Terry Neumann called a recent enforcement of the "No Parking" ordinance "ill thought out" and declared it would have "far reaching effects" in a letter to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting August 21st. Neumann went on to say several of his customers intend to never return to Lanesboro because they were ticketed for overnight parking in the street. He reminded the council many of his customers are elderly and need to park as close as possible. Since the city only needs the street clear to sweep one night a week, Neumann and other business owners signing the letter felt there was "no legitimate justification" to restrict parking seven days a week.

The council had decided earlier in the year to leave the no parking restriction in place for the summer and have it enforced. Mayor Steve Rahn said that, as far as he was concerned, the city could go back to just enforcing the ordinance on the one day needed. Administrator Bobbie Torgerson added that the tickets issued on Friday had been taken away. Torgerson encouraged the council to keep the winter no parking ordinance in effect, however, so snow removal could be completed efficiently. Neumann responded that he didn't feel it was a large issue, noting most of their business was from April to the end of October.

Council member Joe O'Connor related the history of the issue; several years ago businesses had lobbied to have the parking restrictions so the streets could be kept cleaner. Torgerson added she had personally gone down and swept a portion of the street by hand recently when the police had been called away to an emergency and the street sweeping hadn't been able to be completed. She encouraged business owners to help out in such cases.

The council decided to return to the previous way of enforcing the ordinance only on the night when the street would be swept with better and more signs clearly stating the affected days and times. The council intends to check further to make sure the best possible night will be used for street sweeping. Neumann responded he felt there would be no problems if there was a clear directive and not selective enforcement.

Library update

Ann Hutton, executive director of SELCO, addressed the council with a three-fold message: giving SELCO information, informing the council how well Lanesboro's library was doing, and updating them on the county funding process. The city supports and funds the library with $42. .....
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Pilot Mound residents want moratorium on campgrounds

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

PILOT MOUND - One hundred twenty eight Pilot Mound residents, more than twice the 57 people who voted in the last township election, have signed a petition calling for the township supervisors to implement an interim moratorium on campgrounds in ord ..... 
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Record numbers use Rushford library

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - "I have the best job in the city!" declared Rushford Public Librarian Susan Hart as she presented her annual report to the city council at their regular meeting August 14. Hart began her report by unfurling a banner longer than the meetin ..... 
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Zoning commission okays Amish cemetery

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At their August monthly meeting on Thursday, the Fillmore County Planning & Zoning Commission heard proposals for two conditional land use permits (CUPs).

Amish Cemetery

Daniel and Verna Detweiler petitioned for a CUP ..... 
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Campaign finance complaint against Davids dismissed

Fri, Aug 18th, 2006
Posted in Government

The Minnesota Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board have dismissed a complaint against the People for Davids Committee which was brought by Frank Wright, Peggy Hanson and Harlan Taylor, all of Lanesboro. The ruling was issued on August 15.
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Preston City Council Report: No assessments for street maintenance

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

Concerned citizens of Preston made clear their opinions at the public hearing portion of the Preston City Council meeting on August 7. Engineer Joe Palen of Bonestroo and Associates explained the planned milling and overlay street projects. Overlays ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Board hears music event proposal

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

Harmony - On August 8 Corey Scrabeck attended the Harmony City Council meeting to propose a music event that would be held within the city. "For the last couple of years I've been thinking about how to bring young people to town to have fun," stated ..... 
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E911 signs

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Fillmore County Board continued reviewing 2007 budget proposals from several departments at their August 8 meeting. Commissioners look through detailed budget proposals for items that can be reduced or that may need additional dollars. ..... 
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What's next for Lanesboro's Ox Trail?

Fri, Aug 11th, 2006
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - "Ox Trail's been there since the conception of Lanesboro!" declared Kate O'Neary at the public hearing on the Ox Trail during the Lanesboro City Council meeting August 7. O'Neary urged the council to keep the old trail as is, even turnin ..... 
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