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Lanesboro discusses Amish vendors


Fri, Nov 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A crowd of people, including several from the Amish community, attended the Lanesboro City Council meeting on November 4 to discuss vendors doing businesses at Sylvan Park. Mayor Steve Rahn explained the Amish have been selling food and other items at the park for years, but several other people have come forward asking to sell things in the park as well.

Rahn’s concern was that an open air market is not really the intended use of the park. There is also the issue of being fair to everyone.

The park is an R1-zoned property, and under zoning ordinance, open air markets are not allowed. The council can make exceptions for special occasions.

Rahn said the city is in no way trying to kick the Amish out of the park, and they are not against what they are doing. The only issue is the location.

Lanesboro resident Butch Culbertson asked if there was a different area they could use that was zoned properly.

“We’re willing to work with them and find a spot,” said Rahn. “The Amish definitely add to the fabric of the community.”

Farmer’s Market Manager Stena Lieb said this year they have opened up the market to craft sales as well. She said they would love to have the Amish vendors at the Farmer’s Market. The only issue is that the guidelines require insurance, and that is a problem for many of the Amish people.

Lawrence Hermsoth said he is a new resident of Lanesboro, but has been coming to the area for years. He said the view drew him down here, as well as the Amish.

“The public needs to be made aware of this ordinance,” said Hermsoth. “There is a large passion for the Amish here and support for tourism. If other vendors want to come that would be great.”

Hermsoth asked if the town could vote on what would vendors to allow. Rahn said another issue is there are people that have businesses and restaurants in Lanesboro and pay taxes, and there would be competition.

There was a lot of interest in supporting the Amish among the residents at the meeting. City Administrator David Todd reiterated the fact that the city has to be fair, and cannot enforce an ordinance on some people and not others. The issue will be looked at more in the future.

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Lanesboro looks at employee health insurance

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

At the regular city council meeting on October 8, City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council about the Affordable Care Act and city employee health insurance. According to Todd, the city has three choices. They can do nothing at all, since t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council talks trees

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Street/Park Director Andy Drake approached the city council regarding several ash trees at Sylvan Park and around town that are dying. He said they trimmed the dead parts off the trees last year, but they need it again. He suggested they b ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves Conditional Use Permits

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Two public hearings were held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on August 5. The first one was from Richard Horihan, owner of RLH Grain. Horihan had requested a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to put up a new drying b ..... 
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David Todd takes over as City Administrator in Lanesboro

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

David Todd came to Minnesota all the way from Maryville, Mo. to start a new life and a new job. In June, he took over the position of the city administrator of Lanesboro, Minn. Todd is now living in Rochester, Minn. with his wife, Hilarie and the ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at Capital Improvement Plan

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates spoke to the Lanesboro City Council about the Capital Improvement plan for the next several years. Using a spreadsheet, Bubany showed the council what the effect would be on taxes, utility rates ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears audit report

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Jason Boynton of Smith Schafer and Associates presented the 2012 audit report at the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on June 3. Boynton went over the main points of the revenues and expenditures. The property tax revenue was very close to ..... 
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Lanesboro hires new City Administrator

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved offering the job of City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer to David Todd at their regular meeting on May 6. Todd had been interviewed along with three other candidates last month. After some discussion, it was agre ..... 
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Board of Appeals and Equalization in Lanesboro

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Ron Vikre, appraiser from the County Assessor’s Office, was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on April 8 to discuss 2012 property assessments in Lanesboro and answer any questions. According to Vikre, there were 158 resident ..... 
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