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Lanesboro City Council hears from the Chamber

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Julie Charlebois, representing the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, informed the council about the upcoming Lanesboro Weed-Up at the July 2 council meeting.

“With the really warm spring, and being short of funds and no real clarity of who is responsible, we came up with a good idea,” said Charlebois. “We’re really excited about it.”

On July 18 from 6:30-8pm, people are getting together to pull weeds around town, and Riverside on the Root will be giving out drink coupons for afterward.

Charlebois also spoke about noise ordinance issues, especially concerning semis, motorcycles and trucks that go through downtown. The council approved Vickerman to contact the Department of Transportation to request a speed study in order to potentially lower the speed limit on Parkway.

Council member Ceil Allen said that Frank Wright recently took a tour of frac mines and presented to the Chamber. The Chamber is writing a letter with their concerns about the frac mining, mostly concerns about the high amount of traffic on the roads. Allen said that Wright said there could be up to 250 trucks a day on the roads that are delivering for the mines.

“I think we should have a long, hard think about the impact this will have on our streets, and write our own letter of concern,” suggested Allen.

The next frac committee meeting will be on July 18, and after that there will be a public hearing. There was some discussion about waiting until the public hearing. Allen said if the council has concerns they should express them now, before they amend the ordinance. She felt the city should support whatever the Chamber is doing. She will be attending the meeting on July 18.

Charlebois said one of the biggest concerns of the Chamber is the fact that a bike trail goes through town, and the truck traffic could be dangerous for visitors.

Heritage Preservation Commission

Vickerman said the HPC program on June 18 regarding the design guidelines had a big turnout and went very well. She added that Barb Johnson received a scholarship to attend the National HPC in Norfolk, Virginia in July.

Vickerman asked for the city to cover an initial expense of $250 for Sara Peterson to photograph several buildings in town, as they are working on expanding the historic district. They are applying for some legacy grants to help in this project.


Council member Keith Eide said the Lanesboro EDA (Economic Development Authority) heard from Chris Gastby about a business program that helps businesses that are close to going out of business stay open. The businesses must fill out an application for $150.

Other Business

Council member Ceil Allen said the library exceeded their circulation goals in June, and the summer reading programs were very successful.

Vickerman said the shelter near the bathhouse is completed and is now handicapped accessible. They also got some accessible picnic tables and are working on getting grants for an accessible bathhouse.

The council approved the following items:

*The audit as presented at the June meeting

*The lease with AT&T for the cell phone tower

*The garbage contract with Harter’s

*$25 a month cell phone stipend for City Clerk Michelle Vrieze

*The contract with Associated Bank

*The resolution adopting policies for the small cities grants

* Street closure for the Buffalo Bill Days street dance

*Permit for the ATVs during Buffalo Bill Days

There will be a joint meeting with the City Council and the EDA on July 11 to discuss the Lanesboro 20/20 vision for the future.

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