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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 town and on the bike trails for visitors. They have been working in conjunction with the Park Board and taking into account the Chamber’s Strategic Plan and the City’s 20/20 plan to reach their goals.

The Arts Council has been doing a lot of fundraising for this project and they have received grants. They worked with a signage consultant from the Twin Cities who helped develop a plan for the area.

According to Bergey, there will be a kiosk with trail information in the parking lot, and it will take up two parking spaces. There will also be photo poetry signs with poems from local people attached to light posts. An information sign will be placed near the bike trail in the downtown area, and a sign near the historic walking bridge that will include the history of the bridge.

“We’ve been working on these concepts the past year,” said Bergey. “There will be no cost to the city, we did all the fundraising.”

Bergey added they want to make sure to get the project done soon before the deadline for the grant money. The council approved the project. Work will be finished within the next month before the September 1 deadline.

Dam Project

Dave Bubany was at the meeting to discuss further options for funding the dam project.

The city could use a tax abatement bond to fund the remainder of the cost, they could ask the voters for a referendum, or get a variation of the utility related General Obligation Bonds.

If utilities were increased to fund the project, monthly utility rates would increase significantly. If the levy was increased, the property taxes on a home worth $100,000 would increase $20 a month. A bond for the remaining amount of $1.75 million, at an interest rate of four percent paid over 20 years would result in a yearly payment of $129,000. None of these options seem likely for the city.

The DNR did give the city an extension on the grant money, which gives the city until June 2015 to come up with ideas to fund the project.

Church Hill

Dan Anderson approached the council again regarding the parking lot at Church Hill Condominiums .....
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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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Lanesboro City Council approves budget and levy

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the 2014 Budget and Levy at their regular meeting on December 2. The levy was set at $503,747. The Truth in Taxation Hearing was held during the meeting. No residents came forward with concerns or questions. ..... 
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