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Wednesday, November 26th, 2014
Volume ∞ Issue ∞
- 8:03:53, Nov 24th 2014 - FountainFarmer - Doc, Why do people like you have to turn stories that don't have ... [Read More]
- 7:13:36, Nov 21st 2014 - FountainFarmer - doc, why do people like you think that every story needs a sense ... [Read More]
- 3:50:54, Nov 21st 2014 - Frank Wright - Does the author of this article realize it is not April 1st? ... [Read More]
- 3:03:32, Nov 21st 2014 - Roberto - That IS a stereotype on Libertarians from extreme right-wingers BTW. See ... [Read More]
- 5:10:46, Nov 17th 2014 - doc - I'm surprised conservatives aren't picketing there for their war on women. ... [Read More]
- 5:09:30, Nov 17th 2014 - doc - Is it illegal to push THEIR snow into the street though? ... [Read More]
- 4:16:40, Nov 15th 2014 - Gudrun - Ralph's burial at Arlington National Cemetery is scheduled for February 12, ... [Read More]
- 4:47:53, Nov 7th 2014 - KingslandGrad95 - Hey winters coming, why don't you take your concerns to that of the ... [Read More]
- 6:43:44, Nov 6th 2014 - winters coming - Tell Fillmore central in harmony that it is against the law to push t ... [Read More]
- 11:34:53, Nov 3rd 2014 - Tom Kaase - First of all, thank you again to Editor Jason Sethre for allowing people ... [Read More]
Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
Posted in Features
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 Preston’s 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 O’Connor asked if the cost would hinge upon the hours of police coverage or the city’s 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 council’s questions to Preston’s 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 administrator’s 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 city’s to the library’s 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.