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Two Lanesboro bridges slated for replacement in 2016


Mon, Jul 13th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Kjersti Anderson and Mike Dougherty presented the preliminary plans for the Highway 250 bridge replacement project to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting on July 6, 2015. The Minn. Department of Transportation will be replacing two narrow through-truss bridges that cross the Root River on Highway 250. Because the bridges are in city limits, the DNR is required to go through the municipal process for project approval. The City of Lanesboro is expected to receive the final plans in a municipal packet sometime in the next week. It then has 15 days to schedule a public hearing and 60 days to hold that hearing. The project will include improvements to the roads immediately approaching the bridges. The new bridges will be approximately three feet higher on either end and four feet higher in the centers than the existing bridges which will allow for better access underneath. During the construction, the south bridge will be closed with a detour. The north bridge is expected to remain open during the majority of the construction. Work is scheduled to begin in May 2016 and be completed by October 2016. The total cost for the project is estimated to be $5.7 million.

Council member Jason Resseman asked if there were any placards or plaques on the current bridges that could be saved and donated to the historical society. Anderson didn’t think that there were, but plans to verify that before the original bridges are taken down.

City Attorney Thomas Manion reported that the second quarter of the fiscal year is on par with no changes to the budget.

Local business owner, Jim Watson has requested permission to operate a transient ice cream cart on the sidewalks of Lanesboro. There is currently no clear ordinance regarding commercial sales on public rights-of-way. This has been a recurring problem for the city council throughout the years. Mayor Robin Krom noted that the council needs to be careful in constructing and passing an ordinance so as not to discourage commerce in Lanesboro. Attorney Thomas Manion has researched how other local cities handle their ordinances regarding commercial activities in public rights-of-way, but was unable to find many examples. After much discussion, a motion was made to table the issue until the August meeting. During the next month, City Clerk David Todd and Manion will work together to refine the current ordinance to clarify it.

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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 ..... 
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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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