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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, and debts if they go through with certain projects. He also did a comparison of tax and utility rates with other communities.

Bubany showed what the effect would be if the city did no projects at all. He then added major projects the city needs to do or is planning to do in the next 10 years. He figured in how the projects would be paid for, revenues, and how much debt the city would have. Right now the city’s general obligation debt per capita is just below $2,000, which Bubany said is considered low to moderate.

Without any projects, the city would have all general obligation debt paid off in 10 years. Bubany’s model assumes that there will be a $7,500 reduction in LGA (Local Government Aid), and assumes the city will levy for every dollar lost. It also takes inflation into account when adding the cost of each project.

Right now the city is looking at a $2.7 million well and water treatment project for 2014. There is also a $2 million dam project. Councilor Joe O’Connor said the DNR has committed to $450,000 of that project, with another tentative $500,000. The State Historic Preservation is going to pay $300,000. They will be attempting to get the remainder put onto a bonding bill for 2014.

There had also been discussion about adding a $500,000 street project for Auburn and Zenith. The council decided to leave that money in the plan, but it can be used for any street project.

The project at Sylvan Park this year was $175,000, which is paid with a seven-year GO Bond. The ambulance, at $139,000, was purchased with cash. Bubany reminded the council there will be a large project coming up at the wastewater treatment plant in 10 years, and the council should start planning for that right now, and make an adjustment in utility funds. When adjusted for inflation, that project would cost around $3.3 million.

With these projects, Bubany predicted a five percent increase in water costs, two percent increase for sewer, and a half percent for electric. After the project in 2023, the debt per capita will increase to almost $6,000. Bubany said there are communities that are even higher than that, but they must make .....
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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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Lanesboro City Council hears ambulance staffing dilemma

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro Ambulance Director Dave Haugan addressed the Lanesboro City Council on Monday, December 3 at the city’s regular monthly meeting. Haugan and many current ambulance crew members were present to express great concern with the future of the ..... 
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