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Lanesboro at a crossroads with dam project


Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Lanesboro City Administrator David Todd spoke to the council recently about their options when it comes to repairing the dam. For several years, the city has been struggling to find money to fund the $2.7 million project in order to save the historical dam.

Todd said they have about 46 percent of the total cost in grant money. They have attempted to have the project placed on the state bonding bill twice to no avail.

“The only option is to bond the rest ourselves or get a loan through the USDA,” said Todd. “Either way, it’s going to be a significant debt load to take on.”

The city needs to decide if they want to move forward with the project, or wait another two years and try for the bonding bill again. If they wait, however, they must start all over with the grant process. One of the grants expires this month, and after that, it’s a “domino effect” as they are all pulled off the table.

Councilor Ceil Allen asked how many times they were going to try for the bonding bill. “I think safety should be our number one priority,” she said. “Can we wait another two years?”

“But where are we going to get $3 million?” asked councilor Tom Smith.

Todd said they have a lot to think about. He said he will have Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates look into some bonding options.

Mayor Steve Rahn said he would like to have some public input.

Audit Report

Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer present the council with the 2013 audit report. He said it was a clean report, with no problems or issues.

Boynton explained the city received $433,417 from the tax levy, with LGA (Local Government Aid) making up 12 percent of the total revenues. The LGA amount has remained the same for a few years.

General governmental expenditures remained about the same at $156,365. Public safety expenditures were at $267,465, which includes ambulance, fire, and police. This does not include the purchase of a new ambulance. The public works expenditures went from $198,380 in 2012 to $278,747 due to the storm sewer project.

In Culture and Recreation, Buffalo Bill Days revenues totaled $36,888, with expenditures coming to $38,000. The general fund was $104,124 over budget due to the storm sewer project, and the fire department and ambulance expenditures increased.

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Lanesboro School Board hears update on Lanesboro Arts Campus

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, May 19th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro School Board met on Tuesday, May 13 for a regular monthly meeting. All members were present for the meeting along with Superintendent Jeff Boggs and Courtney Bergey from the Lanesboro Arts Center also present. Bergey addressed the s ..... 
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Lanesboro still searching for funding for dam

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The City of Lanesboro has been seeking funding to repair the damage to the dam since flooding caused damage in 2008. The cost of the project has only increased over the years with regulations requiring the repairs be made with historically accurate m ..... 
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Lanesboro to put decals on windows of abandoned buildings

Fri, Apr 11th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

By Jade Sexton The Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) would like to place some historic decals in the windows of empty buildings in the downtown area. The window decals would help to improve the look of the buildings and the downtown, he ..... 
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Lanesboro discusses parking at Church Hill

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Church Hill Condominiums developer Dan Anderson approached the Lanesboro City Council about a parking issue that has been in question for some time now. He stated the property line goes right down the middle of the parking lot. Right now, people who ..... 
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Lanesboro approves financing for water project

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Mike Bubany of David Drown Associates spoke to the Lanesboro City Council during their regular meeting on February 4. At the last meeting, the council discussed interim financing for the Water Radium project. Funding from the Minnesota Public Fac ..... 
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Commonweal Theatre to refinance debt

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in Lanesboro Government

A public hearing was held prior to the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 6. Councilman Keith Eide was absent. The hearing was in regard to the nonprofit theatre corporation’s request to amend and reissue its commercial development note th ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council approves budget and levy

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved the 2014 Budget and Levy at their regular meeting on December 2. The levy was set at $503,747. The Truth in Taxation Hearing was held during the meeting. No residents came forward with concerns or questions. ..... 
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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 ..... 
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