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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.

Lanesboro has looked ahead at this issue and made some changes to how the problem will be handled. A policy was approved which states the city will not be taking care of frozen pipes on personal property. Last year the city purchased a lot of hose and helped many residents, spending time and money, going from house to house to fix the problem. Todd said this was very cost prohibitive for the city. “From the home to the curb stop is their responsibility,” said Todd.

Council member Ceil Allen asked how this would be communicated to the residents. City administrator David Todd explained there would be a copy of the policy sent out in utility bills. There will also be notices on the city website and the local cable channel informing residents how to avoid frozen pipes. “It’s pretty comprehensive and easy to understand,” said Todd. “It lets people know when to run their water, and for how long.”

The city is responsible for any pipes freezing from the water main to the curb stop.

Wastewater treatment plant

Theresa Coleman of the Public Utilities Commission spoke to the council regarding the wastewater treatment plant project and the financing. According to Coleman, Davy Engineering accepted a bid from Winona Mechanical for the PRV (pressure regulating valve) phase of the project. They will be seeking bids for sealing off wells in the spring.

Coleman said they will not be awarding bids for the parkway connection piece of the project. This piece was supposed to loop downtown to increase the flow. Coleman said they hope to see the same benefit with the PRVs.

Public Utilities has been looking at the cost to service that debt over 30 years. They determined by using the REU (residential equivalent unit) to measure the base charge, it will cost $23.20 per REU per month to service the debt associated with the infrastructure, and $6.30 per 1,000 gallons to pay for the operation.

The good news about the project is the city qualifies for some principal loan forgiveness. Coleman said they originally thought they were being forgiven for $200,000, but that amount has been increased to $600,000.

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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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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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