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Lanesboro makes zoning change to allow short-term rentals


Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council met on May 4, 2015 at 5:30 pm. All city council members were present.

The minutes from the April 6, 2015 meeting were reviewed and approved.

A public hearing was opened to discuss the zoning change request for the 200 block of Ashburn Street from R-1 to R-3, which will allow for short-term rentals in addition to the currently allowed long-term. Lanesboro resident Kate O’Neary presented her concerns about the zoning change to the council. She believes that allowing owners to rent out their properties short-term will discourage long-term renters and future residents of Lanesboro. O’Neary pointed out that she grew up in rentals and is very much pro-rental, but doesn’t feel that short-term rentals are a viable way to grow a community. Mayor Robin Krom thanked her for her remarks. City administrator David Todd noted that the city received positive feedback about the zoning change from two of the residents that will be affected. There were no further comments or discussion so the public hearing was closed.

Sandy Kiel introduced the Chamber of Commerce’s new Director of Business, Shirley Molter. Molter has lived in Lanesboro for three years and is excited about her new position on the Chamber.

The Lanesboro Community Committee has been working on getting flower baskets to hang in Lanesboro for beautification. There have been issues in the past with finding people to water the baskets everyday. They would like to purchase baskets that could be replanted each year instead of the disposable ones that have been used in past years. This would save money after the up-front cost is covered, and the baskets shouldn’t have to be watered more than every other day. The cost for 26 baskets is $998, and a request was made that the city cover half of the cost. After this year, the costs will be very low as the baskets will be reused and replanted. Council member Tom Smith thought that the price was a little high and asked to see the baskets. A motion to pay half of the $998 was passed with a three to two vote.

Riverside on the Root owner, Mike Charlebois updated the council on the Bloody Mary law that was recently passed in Minn., allowing restaurant owners and craft breweries to start selling liquor at 8 a.m. on Sundays, along with 66 ounce beer growlers. He asked for a letter from the city allowing him to make the change to his business.

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Water rates a major concern for Lanesboro residents

Mon, Mar 9th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

It was a crowded house Monday evening as several Lanesboro residents and business owners came to the Lanesboro City Council meeting to voice concerns over the new water rates. The state recently mandated Lanesboro do something to reduce the radiu ..... 
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Lanesboro EDA to work with school board

Mon, Mar 2nd, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Don Bell from the Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) attended the school board meeting on February 19. Bell talked about the efforts of the EDA, the Chamber, the city council, and the school board to come up with ways to recruit families ..... 
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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 f ..... 
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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, ..... 
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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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