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Police sharing working well


Fri, Jul 7th, 2006
Posted in Government

Lanesboro - Preston Chief of Police Matt Schultz first presented his second quarter activity report to the Lanesboro City Council at their July 5 meeting and then answered the council’s questions about the current staff sharing with Lanesboro. Schultz shared information about several grants the department had participated in, including the Safe and Sober campaign, a $50,000 grant to enforce seatbelt use in Wabasha, Houston, Winona, and Fillmore Counties, and another $20,000 grant to be used this fall to enforce speeds. In a recent random POST Board compliance review, the department received a certificate of recognition for its 100 percent in compliance with legislative mandates. Schultz has attended numerous training sessions including seatbelt awareness, pursuit driving, and firearms. The department has partnered with Child Safe to promote responsible gun ownership and distributed gun locks.

Noting a wide variance in speeds in Lanesboro, Council member Joe O’Connor asked if Schultz might bring a speed board to act as a reminder to citizens to slow down. Schultz responded, “We’ll make a better effort to get it down here.” He went on to say that traffic citations were up in the city, however.

When asked how the allocating of time between the two cities was going, Schultz informed the council the contract share was 2/3, Preston; 1/3, Lanesboro. The actual time spent in Lanesboro Schultz estimated to be closer to 50 percent because of a higher number of Lanesboro service calls. Schultz himself spends most of his time in Preston.

O’Connor suggested that, in light of the new business people in town and the rash of business break-ins earlier, Schultz could perhaps meet with new owners and help them in securing their buildings.

Schultz reported the no parking signs on Highway 250 had again been covered over the weekend; the state patrol has told Schultz the next time it happens all cars parked there illegally are to be ticketed.

When asked if he had any requests or needs, Schultz responded he’d like tasers for the squad cars, stop sticks for all the vehicles, and digital recorders so the department wouldn’t have to pay for transcription.

Pottebaum boulder request

Rick Pottebaum appeared before the council to ask permission to build a retaining wall of large boulders the length of his property on city right of way. The wall would be 18 to 20 feet from the curb and curve around and disappear into the hillside near the neighboring driveway. Pottebaum explained he’d already did similar terracing in the backyard and plans to do one wall on the front yard of his property in addition to the one he wanted on city-owned land. His plans include installing a sprinkler system and sodding the created terraces to control erosion. “I don’t have time to baby-sit it” Pottebaum declared as he assured the council the area would be sodded.

The council approved the plan with the provision the work be completed within three weeks or the city would hire someone to complete the sodding. In addition, the boulders will be moved and replaced at Pottebaum’s expense, if necessary, when Whittier Street is redone in the next several years.

Ox Trail update

Torgerson shared a letter she’d recently written to the Carrolton Town Board detailing the process of procuring funding for Ox Trail Road. The application for the grant for roads of regional significance was submitted following last year’s deadline date of May 1st (The only information available at the time on the web or on printed information). In June, Torgerson found out this year’s deadline has actually been set for July 15. Steve Kirsch of MNDOT told Torgerson some additional engineering for feasibility is needed. A new requirement of the Roads of Regional Significance is that Fillmore County would need to serve as the fiscal agent for the project at no cost to the county from it.

Torgerson intends to resubmit the application before the July 15 deadline and asked the council for additional funding for the necessary engineering. Mayor Rahn requested a “rough idea” of the cost of such additional engineering before the council would approve it.

Other business

In other business the council:

• granted Donnie Brink’s request to change the new name of his street from North Street Drive to North Valley Drive with Brink paying the cost of sign replacement;

• heard an update on citizen progress in response to the junk ordinance letters; pictures of still offending situations will be presented at the July 17 meeting so the council can step in and take further action;

• hired Sarah Overocker as part-time street worker with duties such as filling potholes, cutting trees, and painting ($2,000 budgeted).

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