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Downtown parking an issue for Lanesboro


Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Parking in the downtown area has been a problem in Lanesboro for a long time. During the summer months when tourist season is in full swing, many people park downtown and head out on the trail for the day. The bass pond parking lot is a good place for visitors to park when they plan on walking around town or biking on the trail all day, but sometimes patrons of local businesses have a hard time finding a place to park.

David and Lori Bakke asked the city council about designating three spots in front of their building ten-minute parking. Kim Berekvam, owner of Gil B’s Pizza and Sandwich Shop, also though it was a good idea. She said 75 percent of her business is take-out orders, and a ten-minute spot would be perfect for those who are only parked long enough to run inside to get their food.

“People double park,” she said. “Sometimes people park in the back and come in the back door.”

The question of diagonal parking was brought up, which would allow for more parking spaces, but would take up more room in the street. Council member Autumn Johnson also asked about parking meters. City Attorney Tom Manion said there was a cost issue, as they were very expensive.

“Is the real issue here enforcement?” asked City Administrator David Todd.

Berekvam felt that most people are pretty honest, and they would be able to see out the front window if people were parking there for more than ten minutes.

Todd suggested forming a sub-committee to look at the whole issue and come up with some ideas and suggestions. Johnson said she would be on it, as well as Dee Slinde, the Chamber of Commerce Director. They will be looking for a few more members.

Ice cream bicycle

Jim Watson approached the council about an idea he has for a side business. He would like to sell novelty pre-packaged ice cream, either with a push cart or a customized bicycle with a freezer on it. The bicycle would be based in the downtown area. He had been told he would need a peddler’s permit.

Watson said a friend of his daughter’s lives in Minneapolis and makes custom bicycles. He wants to have something that “looks cool”, something unique and interesting, a positive thing for Lanesboro.

City Attorney Tom Manion said there could be zoning issues as far as using the public right-of-way. He compared it to Rochester’s sweet corn vendors. He put .....
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Preston Community Foundation took center stage at PACC annual meeting

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Preston Government

On Wednesday, January 21, 2015, Will Mensink, representing the Preston Area Community Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting held at the Branding Iron in Preston. Mensink addressed an audience of app ..... 
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Rushford Village to clarify zoning language

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Village Government

City of Rushford Village council meetings continue to be swift and no nonsense as the year progresses. At the Tuesday, February 3 meeting, the council tackled just six items, monthly financials, and additional updates and meeting information. A la ..... 
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How to contact your legislators

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

Governor Mark Dayton Office of the Governor 116 Veterans Service Bldg. 20 W 12th St. St. Paul, Minn. 55155 (651)201-3400 (800)657-3717 mark.dayton@state.mn.us State Representatives Greg Davids District 28B 283 State Office Bldg. 10 ..... 
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Government this week

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

• Monday, Feb. 9, Whalan City Council, City Hall, 5 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 9, Spring Valley City Council, City Hall, 6 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 9, City of Rushford City Council, City Hall, 6:30 p.m. • Monday, Feb. 9, Chatfield City Council, City ..... 
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Rep. Davids bill would provide tax relief for hardworking Minnesotans

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, MN – By a vote of 129 to 0, a bill authored by State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) that conforms state tax rates to that of the federal government has been approved in the Minnesota House. “This is a bill that will make liv ..... 
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County moving ahead with airport hangar expansion

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Government

At the County Board’s February 3 meeting a contract with Professional Engineering Services, Ltd. was approved for design and construction administration services for hangar expansion at the Fillmore County Airport. County Engineer Ron Gregg said ..... 
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Spring Valley Council discusses industrial park expansion

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On January 26, the Spring Valley City Council met for a regular meeting; all members were present. After approving minutes and approving January accounts payable, totaling $1,156.060.85. The Council approved the Proposed Single Family Home New C ..... 
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Chatfield fills EMS support position

Mon, Feb 2nd, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

During a relatively brief Chatfield City Council meeting held January 26, Rocky Burnett was introduced and hired to fill the EMS Support Position vacated by Nancy Timm, the new deputy clerk. Ambulance Director Sue Kester reported that there had ..... 
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