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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 2.8 percent increase in the levy for 2015. He added that financial advisor Mike Bubany recommended they increase the budget 3-4 percent each year.

According to Todd, the tax base may increase due to new construction in town, which would make the increase less.

Councilor Tom Smith said he would like the council to sit down with the department heads and go over their budgets with them. He would like to find areas in which they can cut expenses.

“Taxes are high, utility rates are high,” said Smith. “We’re keeping people out of town.”

Todd brought up the auditor’s comment from last month about having low reserves. Right now the city has 26 percent of their general fund set aside for reserves, which is lower than it has ever been.

“The only way to increase that is to have a cushion built into the line items,” said Todd. He said there was an additional $40,000 in the street fund that was not used a couple of years ago, so it was put in reserves, where it was used the next year when it was needed. He said the department heads are careful not to spend money in the budget unless it is needed.

Todd said Lanesboro didn’t raise their levy for four years, and then last year they had to catch up with a big increase. “If we raise it nominally we won’t have to do that.”

He said he would speak with the department heads about meeting with council members about their budgets.

Church Hill Parking Lot

Dan Anderson approached the council with quotes for asphalt to blacktop the parking lot at Church Hill Condominiums. The lowest quote he got was for $3,600.

“Now the question is do we want to do that? Do we want to spend the money at all?” asked Mayor Steve Rahn. His concern was whether or not it would benefit the city.

Anderson said it’s a city street, with the city responsible for 75 of the cost of upkeep. They have put in a curb, and would be willing to pay 25 percent of the cost of blacktop. He said it’s used by the church, it’s a public street, and he would like to keep it that way.

Todd said he had heard concerns from a res .....
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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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Lanesboro discusses parking at Church Hill

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Church Hill Condominiums developer Dan Anderson approached the Lanesboro City Council about a parking issue that has been in question for some time now. He stated the property line goes right down the middle of the parking lot. Right now, people who ..... 
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Lanesboro approves financing for water project

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates spoke to the Lanesboro City Council during their regular meeting on February 4. At the last meeting, the council discussed interim financing for the Water Radium project. Funding from the Minnesota Public Fac ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre to refinance debt

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A public hearing was held prior to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 6. Councilman Keith Eide was absent. The hearing was in regard to the nonprofit theatre corporation’s request to amend and reissue its commercial development note th ..... 
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