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Lanesboro City Council Report: Priority one for Lanesboro Council: Police Protection

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features

Police protection for the city of Lanesboro was a top priority at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 20. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that she had spoken with Prestons Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Grabau about the proposed police contract. Torgerson said that the proposed contracted cost of $65,000 would cover the needed additional police car, all equipment, and necessary additional policing for Buffalo Bill Days.

In their discussion, the council came up with more questions they wanted answered about the contract. The council asked for a breakdown of the determination of the proposed cost. Joe OConnor asked if the cost would hinge upon the hours of police coverage or the citys population. Yet another question was what would happen to the newly purchased police car if the contract were terminated. The council suggested creating a joint advisory council for the Police Department.

Torgerson will once again forward all of the councils questions to Prestons Chief of Police Matthew Schultz. Schultz will be attending the November 3 Lanesboro City Council meeting to discuss the contract further.

Matt Curran, owner of the Picnic Basket, asked from the audience for a timeline for the process of obtaining police protection. Curran, concerned about the recent burglaries and break-ins, asked if the council had considered hiring a security company to patrol city streets during prime burglary hours (midnight to 4:00 a.m.), noting that most problems are taking place while the citizens are sleeping. He also suggested the possibility of a citizen group patrolling the area.

Councilman Jerome Halvorson told Curran that the POST (Police Officers Standards and Training) Board did not recommend cities starting such citizens groups because of liability concerns, but did encourage citizens to call in anything out of the ordinary that they happened to see. City Attorney Tom Manion said he would check into the feasibility of hiring a security company for patrols and check on possible city liability in hiring a private service.

As he thanked the council for their time in talking about the situation, Matt Curran stressed he felt this was more of an issue for Lanesboro because it was a tourist town. Stating that his business had been hit twice, Curran declared, I feel real vulnerable!

City Administrator

Open House

The Lanesboro City Council chose Thursday, October 30 for an open house to welcome new city administrator Bobbie Torgerson. All citizens are invited to come to the Community Center between 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. to visit informally with Ms. Torgerson. Noting that Torgerson had earlier attended the Park Board meeting in an effort to familiarize herself with the issues and people, the council applauded the new administrators dedication and her work to-date and encouraged the community to take advantage of the opportunity to meet and welcome her.

Other business

In other business, the council:

voted to join the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce in an effort to create visibility on the internet for the Community Center and the Campground;

passed a resolution calling for public hearing for a Tax Increment Financing district for the Church Hill Project;

rescheduled the Truth in Taxation hearing to December 3;

changed the Ace Communications phone and fax lines in the library from the citys to the librarys name so state tax exemption can be claimed;

agreed to the option of using brackets to fix the Coffee Street Bridge decking. WHKS Engineering will repair the bridge at no expense to the city.

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