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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 city’s ambulance service. As of March 2013 the ambulance crew will be down to nine EMTs, a number that does not allow for adequate coverage to serve the community. The decline in crew membership is due to retirements and resignations from the squad of volunteers. Haugan explained that with the lack of volunteers, an ambulance service is likely unsustainable.

Colleen Lamon also spoke to the council, sharing that other towns are going through similar staffing challenges. If a lack of volunteers persists, the EMT service may be suspended, and the crew may only serve as a first responder squad. This means that the squad would respond to emergency calls, but would not be allowed to transport those seeking medical attention. A victim would also need to wait for a neighboring EMT team for transport. Lamon said that it would be nice to have a minimum of 20 people on the Lanesboro ambulance team to keep an EMT status and keep quick response times.

Training for EMT status is near 160 hours and there are additional hours for refresher courses every couple of years. Mayor Steve Rahn commented on the complexity for volunteers putting in this many hours saying it is a problem. Rahn suggested a meeting with Senator Jeremy Miller and Representative Greg Davids to address such high requirements.

For now, the Lanesboro ambulance crew has changed the structure of its leadership to function more efficiently with its lack of members. Instead of having squad leaders, the new structure will consist of a director and assistant director. The director position will be filled by Dave Haugan while the assistant director position has yet to be filled. Also, a letter will soon be published in local papers detailing the situation. For interested prospective ambulance volunteers, a meeting will be held January 5, 2013, at 10:00 a.m.

2013 Budget—

Truth in Taxation

Another important issue brought up at the meeting was the proposed 2013 budget. The proposed budget included a four percent levy increase from $435,306 to $452,700—a proposed increase of $17,394. The public had the opportunity to express input because the annual Truth in Taxation hearing took .....
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Lanesboro City Council hears library report

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Tara Johnson and David Hennesey spoke to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular meeting on November 5 and gave their quarterly report about the public library. Johnson said this summer there were 21 programs at the library, including story t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves partial street vacation

Fri, Oct 5th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A public hearing was held before the regular Lanesboro City Council meeting on October 1 regarding the request by Rick and Cheryl Lamon for the city to vacate a portion of Beacon Street. The Lamons are planning on bringing in a building that is 2 ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses storm sewer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski of Yaggy Colby and Associates was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on September 10 to discuss a few different issues. There was discussion about the storm sewer line that goes under the Riverside on the Root restaurant. At a p ..... 
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Garrison Keillor will entertain area residents

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro, Minn. - On Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, Garrison Keillor will headline a DFL fundraising evening at the Lanesboro Community Center, 202 Parkway Avenue South in Lanesboro. The event will feature Keillor’s endearing and original Lake Wobego ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears from local frac mining group

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Several people showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 6, 2012, to express concerns about the frac mines potentially coming to the area. Andrew Batstone spoke for the group, saying their biggest concern is the large number of truck ..... 
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Lanesboro hears from local frac mining group

Fri, Aug 10th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Several people showed up at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on August 6, 2012, to express concerns about the frac mines potentially coming to the area. Andrew Batstone spoke for the group, saying their biggest concern is the large number of truck ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council has joint meeting with EDA

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council held a joint meeting with the Lanesboro Economic Development Authority (EDA) on July 18, 2012, to discuss the Lanesboro 20/20 plan. They also held a special meeting to discuss storm sewer and sewer line repairs. Hal Cropp of the EDA led the joint meeting, and said they were very pleased to meet with the city and discuss the 20/20 plan, as well as the Community Sustainment Initiative. He asked if anyone had any comments or observations about the 20/20 plan. Council member Ceil Allen said it was a good document, and she was very happy that it was put together, as it was a lot of work for the committee. “The real issue is how do we get to what the plan is?” Mayor Steve Rahn said that some of the things in the plan are wishes that may or may not ever take effect, but are something to hope for, such as a development company coming in to build houses. Allen said there are things that the city can do, and that the Chamber is already doing, to help bring people to Lanesboro. Julie Kiehne from the Chamber of Commerce said the new website has an area under the community tab called Business Opportunities, and there is a list of businesses and buildings that are available to rent or buy. They could expand it to include more details. Keith Baker of the EDA commented on the effort that the Chamber put forth to market Lanesboro as a cool place to live and do business, and that a lot of things they do are in the 20/20 plan. “If people move here, a lot of those things will follow,” he said. “I think what you’re doing is very exciting.” City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman noted that the school is a major factor in community sustainment, as are other facets of the city. “I think we should find out how we can get everyone to work together to move forward. What needs to be done? Maybe we should reach out to these different entities.” “That’s definitely a worthwhile goal,” said Cropp. There was some discussion about encouraging families to move to Lanesboro. Vickerman said 42 out of the 387 homes in Lanesboro are second homes for people, a number that has grown in the last few years. Vickerman also stated that the Lanesboro 20/20, the Chamber Strategic Plan, and the Community Sustainment Initiative all have the same goal of moving Lanesboro forward. After a brief EDA meeting, the City Council held a special meeting. Dillon Dombrovski, engineer from Yaggy Colby and Associates, was there to discuss sewer line replacement options for the city. There have been many issues with the sewer under the levy, including a leak recently, and the line was televised. According to Dombrovski, they had trouble getting through, and the pipes are in bad condition. The price to repair the line with open cutting and replace is with 12-inch PVC plastic pipe is going to be $86,201, which was the low bid from Blitz Construction. Vickerman said the Public Utilities Commission would be paying for the repairs out of their Capital Improvement fund. The reason it came before the council was to get it approved so work can be done on it as soon as possible. Dombrovski said they would be replacing 1,000 feet in pipe and four manholes. Mayor Rahn said they have tried to put off the work because of the cost, but it can’t be put off any longer. There is also storm sewer repair that needs to be done underneath the Riverside on the Root. Dombrovski said there are two catch basins on the southeast corner of that intersection, then it’s a straight shot under the building to the river. The pipe is made up of different types of metal, clay, and concrete, as it has been patched together over the years. Dombrovski said the metal parts are rusting. They sent out for quotes from pipelining companies, and the low bid was $41,607.81 from Municipal Pipe Tool Company LLC. Dombrovski explained that since it’s a small job, the rate per square foot is higher than if it were a larger job. They are only working on 300 feet of pipe. The other option would be to try to make an alternate route for the pipe, instead of under the restaurant. Dombrovski felt that would cost more than the estimate to fix it. Mike Charlebois, owner of Riverside on the Root, suggested an alternate route they could look into. Blitz could also do the work for that if the city chose to do that. The city authorized Dombrovski to check with a drainage engineer. They will also be checking with the state to see if they could help with the cost, since it is part of the state highway as well. ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council hears from the Chamber

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Julie Charlebois, representing the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, informed the council about the upcoming Lanesboro Weed-Up at the July 2 council meeting. “With the really warm spring, and being short of funds and no real clarity of who is resp ..... 
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