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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 radium levels in their water. The answer is to build a treatment plant that will reduce the levels. In order to pay for this plant, the city received a loan from PFA (Public Facilities Authority). In order to qualify for this funding, the city had to change the way they bill for water usage and use an REU (Residential Equivalent Unit) system.

Phil Dybing, President of the Lanesboro Golf Club board, spoke for the golf club and on behalf of many business owners about the difficulties they are all facing with the higher rates. The golf club, with its high water usage, now has a $900 a month base rate for water.

“This has put the businesses in real hard situations,” said Dybing. He added they will have to look for other alternatives to city water, which is something they would rather not do.

Dybing feels the REU rate system will create even more difficulties down the road. If the golf club stops using city water, the rest of the community will have to absorb those costs in order to pay back the loan.

“Bottom line is it isn’t good for anybody,” said Dybing.

City Administrator David Todd explained the city worked at finding funding for the project. One grant from the Community Development Block Grant program required a survey from residents regarding their income. Lanesboro did not get enough responses to the anonymous surveys. They had to use the income average generated by the surveys that were received, and from that information, Lanesboro did not have a low enough median average income to qualify for the grant.

Todd said he sent out three rounds of surveys to residents and put ads in the newspapers. It was sent to all residents of Lanesboro, but there are some business owners that do not live in Lanesboro.

Dybing said they were all there to solve the problem, not put the business owners against the city council. He just felt the city should take another look at what they are doing and come up with something else they can all work with. He asked them to take another look at it and consider the problems that it’s causing the residents.

Todd reminded everyone that the Public Utilit .....
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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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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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