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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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Commonweal Celebrates Season 25 All Year Long

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

LANESBORO, Minn. — The Commonweal Theatre Company continues to celebrate 25 Seasons of producing live, professional theatre in Lanesboro with several special events throughout the year. Join Commonweal Company Members two times during the summe ..... 
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Around the World

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – ‘Around the World’ is the theme for the upcoming “Over the Back Fence” Community Variety Show, held on Friday, July 12 at 7:30pm at the St. Mane Theatre in Lanesboro, Minn. Accordionation (duo of Barb Keith and Bill Swa ..... 
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It takes all blood types to help save lives

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL - Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood or the two percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a sho ..... 
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Chuck Suchy will Perform at the St. Mane Theatre on Saturday, July 13

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro, Minn. – Chuck Suchy is a folk musician, songwriter and working farmer from Mandan, North Dakota. Lanesboro Arts Center will host Chuck Suchy in concert on Saturday, July 13 at 7:30pm at the St. Mane Theatre. Working around planting an ..... 
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Lanesboro Schools to purchase woodshop equipment

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Education

The Fire Marshall has ordered that Lanesboro Schools install a dust collection system for the woodshop. They currently do not have one, and never have in the past. The preliminary estimates for the purchase come in at $50,000. The school board di ..... 
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High Tea for High Waters Raises $1,300 and Immeasurable Hope

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Faith & Worship

On May 12, women from the Lanesboro United Methodist Church hosted a “High Tea for High Waters.” Over 100 people gathered for delicate desserts, elegant table settings and time together. Through ticket sales and donations, the event raised $1,30 ..... 
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Local Artist Juried into National Exhibition

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

Lanesboro’s David Tacke is one of 50 artists who have had 69 pieces juried into the national Horizontal Grandeur at the Stevens County Historical Society in Morris, Minnesota. In its sixth year, Horizontal Grandeur was named after Minnesota’s B ..... 
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Lanesboro Barn Dance

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Arts & Culture

The Lanesboro Barn Dance continues the 2013 series on Saturday July 6 at the Sons of Norway Hall in Lanesboro, Minn. Starting time is 8pm and admission is $7 at the door. Guest fiddler Lee Guthrie from Hudson, Wis. will join regular Bob Bovee for ..... 
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