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Lanesboro Fire Department budget discussed


Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Fire Chief Rob Wagner brought up some concerns about the fire department budget during a regular city council meeting on November 3. According to Wagner, in the near future they will need to replace their pumper, which could be up to $350,000.

Wagner pointed out that the fire department has been operating under a deficit for the last few years. He was wondering what the expectations were of the city when it comes to purchasing the new truck, and he wanted to open it up for discussion.

Deputy Clerk Michele Peterson said the Fire Department general fund is at a negative $160,550.10. The equipment fund has $44,605, and the money market account has $117,976.21.

Wagner stated the pickup that was purchased through the city was done through the fire department. There have also been other large expenses, such as the floor at the fire hall and the roof.

“The expenses we have acquired have been a benefit to the city,” said Wagner. “It’s ultimately not as simple as we went and spent money on nothing or are not living within our means.”

Mayor Steve Rahn agreed that money has not been spent on anything that wasn’t needed.

Wagner said the gambling funds were originally intended to be used for new equipment, and they would like it to be that way again. “The gambling saves the city and taxpayers money,” he said. “When it comes time to buy a new truck and the money isn’t there, the cost goes to somebody.”

He added the fact that gambling has gone down statewide, and there is no guarantee. They should never depend on that money.

Councilor Tom Smith suggested adding $10,000 a year to the levy for the fire department’s budget to get caught up. He also suggested earmarking the money market account for purchasing equipment. City administrator David Todd said they would not be able to do that as it is a reserve account, but they could use the money if they choose to.

Wagner said they are exploring other options as well to help save money. Chatfield is getting a new truck, and their old one is ten years younger than the one Lanesboro uses. Wagner said that might be a possibility to save money and buy more time.

For the 2015 budget, Todd took out the extra $10,000 at the request of Wagner in order to keep the levy down. The preliminary levy cannot be increased for 2015, so 2016 would be the next chance t .....
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Lanesboro approves policy regarding frozen pipes

Mon, Oct 13th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The extreme cold temperatures we experienced last winter left a lot of people in many communities dealing with frozen water pipes. Since it has been predicted this coming winter will be similar, some communities are going into it prepared. Lanesb ..... 
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Lanesboro declared an Arts Campus

Mon, Sep 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

John Davis was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 2 with an update on the Arts Campus project. “First I want to thank the city and the park board for their support with this initiative,” said Davis. He added Lanesboro is getti ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses budget

Fri, Aug 8th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd presented the council with a preliminary budget for 2015 at their meeting on August 4. He figured out what they spent to date and estimated that if things stay the same the rest of the year, there will be a 2. ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at arts campus project

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Courtney Bergey attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on July 7 to speak to the council about the Arts Campus Project. Bergey works for the Lanesboro Arts Council, and they have been working on a plan that will create better signage around ..... 
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Lanesboro at a crossroads with dam project

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council recently about their options when it comes to repairing the dam. For several years, the city has been struggling to find money to fund the $2.7 million project in order to save the histori ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears update on Lanesboro Arts Campus

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro School Board met on Tuesday, May 13 for a regular monthly meeting. All members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Jeff Boggs and Courtney Bergey from the Lanesboro Arts Center also present. Bergey addressed the s ..... 
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Lanesboro still searching for funding for dam

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The City of Lanesboro has been seeking funding to repair the damage to the dam since flooding caused damage in 2008. The cost of the project has only increased over the years with regulations requiring the repairs be made with historically accurate m ..... 
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Lanesboro to put decals on windows of abandoned buildings

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton The Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) would like to place some historic decals in the windows of empty buildings in the downtown area. The window decals would help to improve the look of the buildings and the downtown, he ..... 
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