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David Todd takes over as City Administrator in Lanesboro


Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

David Todd has been settling into his new role in a new town. Photo by Jade Sexton

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 their son Riley, and he is enjoying his new adventure.

“There’s a lot more to do here,” he said. “There are tons of things to do in Rochester and in this Lanesboro area.”

Todd attended graduate school at the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1998. Since then, he has been working in public safety as a sergeant in a police department. He enjoyed that line of work for the most part, but especially the administrative aspects.

Working as a city administrator was always a career goal for Todd, so when he saw the position in Lanesboro was open, he took a chance. He didn’t want to move too far away from his home in Missouri, but he was open to coming to Minnesota. It’s a six-hour drive to Minnesota from Maryville.

There has been a lot to learn for Todd, and a lot of new experiences. He has worked with the public for many years, and there are some similarities in the two careers. “I’m really just working for a different arm of the government,” he said. “The transition wasn’t all that difficult.”

There is also a lot that is brand new, and he has been working hard to learn all there is to know. There are many things about the new job that he prefers to his previous one.

Working with planning and zoning and city ordinances is different than working as a police officer in that the ordinances are in black and white and easy to defend. “As a police officer you have to use some discretion,” shared Todd. “At times it’s easier to deal with when it’s clear. I am responsible for what’s set by the council.”

Some people are interested in the inner workings of government, and Todd is one of those people. “It’s always been fascinating to me,” he shared. “Lanesboro is a tourist area, and the business people and the residents are very active in what’s going on. That’s how you’re going to change things.”

Todd described the small town government as the “jumping off point for democracy.” He admires how passionate people are about Lanesboro. He also enjoys being able to get to know the residents one on one, something that isn’t possible in a larger tow .....
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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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Lanesboro School Board approves horticulture project

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton Lanesboro High School students Dalton Gartner and Jarrett Brown gave a presentation to the school board during their regular meeting on March 21. The board approved the landscaping project the horticulture class designed for outside ..... 
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Lanesboro looks at radium issues

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Department of Health has informed the City of Lanesboro that the levels of radium in their drinking water are too high, and they have until 2015 to be in compliance with state regulations. Jim Kochie of Davy Engineering attended the February ..... 
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Lanesboro School Board hears about Ag in Motion

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Ashley Bue, a senior at Lanesboro High School, gave a presentation to the school board about the Ag in Motion trip she went on with other local high school students this past summer. Ag teacher Tim Willette said this was the third year for Ag in ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council discusses ambulance issues

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski, an engineer with Yaggy Colby and Associates ,was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 4 to discuss the storm sewer project under Riverside on the Root. The city is planning to reroute the storm sewer so that it does no ..... 
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