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Lanesboro City Council hears about the Chamber Strategic Plan

Mon, May 14th, 2012
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Members of the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce were at the City Council meeting on May 7 to discuss the Strategic Plan. Dave Huisenga said they had numerous meetings to come up with the plan, and they feel it’s a good one. He added that it should be considered a living document that will evolve over time as needed. The plan breaks down into seven goals for the Chamber.

Julie Kiehne explained the first few goals. The first one is to enhance the value of Chamber membership by increasing chamber revenues. She said they would like to keep fees and membership dues as low as possible. They are also looking for grant writers and are planning fundraiser events. The second goal is to refine and implement tourism marketing strategies. Goal number three is to make Lanesboro more attractive to enhance the Lanesboro experience. The fourth goal is to define Lanesboro’s long-term role in relation with regional partners.

Julie Charlebois spoke about the fifth goal, which is to develop a conference/retreat strategy. The sixth goal is to articulate and gain buy-in to the LACC strategic plan developing partnerships with stakeholders in the area. The last goal is to strengthen the downtown and community-wide business climate.

Park Board

Mayor Steve Rahn said Eric Bunge would like to buy 15 of the park board’s old tables to use for Shakespeare in the Park. He will make a donation to the park to pay for them.

There was also some discussion about getting an on-call cell phone, as there have been some concerns about not being able to reach people. Vickerman said they could post the number in certain places for people to be able to reach whoever is on call.

Vickerman told the council that the non-profit organization KaBOOM! named Lanesboro one of 213 Playful City USA communities. She said this could help them get extra grants and apply for money to improve the large playground equipment at the park. They will also be applying on behalf of the school as they need upgrades as well.


Ambulance Director Dave Haugen spoke to the council about a policy for ambulance drivers. He asked for the drivers to receive $25 per call, and it was approved. Vickerman said they are looking for new members and they don’t want to lose the ones they have.

Haugen also mentioned getting a new ambulance garage, as the one they are using is difficult to pull in and out of and they are causing damage to the ambulance.

Terri Benson was approved as a new member of the ambulance crew. Since she is an RN already, she only has to take the refresher course.


Vickerman said Harters has taken over the garbage pickup in town and has been doing a great job. She believes the commercial businesses are getting good rates. She added that they are looking for local help for Mondays.

Vickerman also mentioned that the trucks come through to get the recycling, take it to Preston, then come back to Lanesboro for the garbage and take it to La Crosse.

Landscaping Bids

A bid from Landscape Artisans of Rochester was accepted for the landscaping project. Vickerman said the project must be done and paid for by June 30. Landscape Artisans had a bid was the lowest at $40,999.99.

Other Business

The Rhubarb Run will be with the Rhubarb Fest on June 2. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Bass Pond parking lot.

The council approved a 50-cent increase in pay for Andy Drake since he took on extra duties as the Superintendent of Streets.

Rock bids were accepted from both Orval Sorum and Sons and Bruening Rock.

City Office hours were changed to 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to allow staff down time for working. They will be trying this schedule for 90 days to see how it goes.

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