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Lanesboro City Council hears audit report

Mon, Jun 11th, 2012
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Jason Boynton from Smith Schafer & Associates presented the Lanesboro City Council with the 2011 Audit Report at their meeting on June 4. He said there were no real concerns, and the city is looking pretty good.

According to Boynton, the unreserved fund balance in the General Fund is 67 percent of the annual general fund expenditures. They like to see the amount be at least 50 percent.

All of the debts are being paid off in a timely manner, and there was no new debt issued in 2011. LGA (local government aid) was decreased by 3.6 percent, but will remain the same in 2012.

The Park and Recreation fund had a deficit balance of $75,432 due to capital projects and utility metering. Right now the Park and Rec. is in a separate fund, but Vickerman explained that with the new GASB 54 law, the city must determine why each fund is separate in their budget. She felt it would be easier to combine it with the General Fund, as it can still be tracked from there. The council approved the switch.

Public Utilities

Council member Joe O’Connor said the Public Utilities Commission interviewed three engineering firms at their recent meeting. They selected Davy Engineering do a study on the overall water system in Lanesboro. According to O’Connor, the study will look at usage, service zones, and summarize current deficiencies.

They also discussed possible solutions to the radium issue with one of the wells. O’Connor said they are not at great risk right now, but have to be in compliance by August of 2014. One solution could be to modify the current rock formation, drill a new well, or blend water from 2-3 wells. A water treatment plan would be the worst-case scenario, as it would have considerable cost.

O’Connor said they are also looking at funding sources. He said hiring Davy Engineering is a good start to the project that could take 2-3 years. The cost for the complete analysis and study is $9,500.

Vickerman wanted it to be clear that the sewer leak was under control, they are not pumping sewer into the river, and it had nothing to do with storm sewer issues that the Charlebois are having.

Library Update

Dave Hennesey and Tara Johnson spoke to the council about updates to the Lanesboro Public Library. Hennesey thanked the park board for the new signage that has been installed to direct people to the library and the city office. He added that they would be renovating the lobby by the end of the year. Circulation is moving in the right direction. Hennesey said they would like to average 2,000 visits a month, and right now they are averaging 1,780 a month.

Johnson said the Rhubarb Run was a very successful event, with 152 people participating. She added they are working on a monthly poetry event and there are several summer reading events going on.

Other Business

It was approved to allow Vickerman to sign the lease for AT&T for their cell phone tower with a few modifications that were recommended by City Attorney Tom Manion.

Vickerman wanted everyone to know she is applying for every grant opportunity out there for the dam repair. The city has to prove that they can’t come up with the $1.8 million for the project, and she has most recently applied for $500,000 in legacy funds.

Vickerman thanked the city for allowing the use of the space outside the building for a memorial for Rita Peterson, former City Clerk. There was a ceremony on June 2 and there were generous donations made from local businesses for cement, plants, lights, a bench, and a large stone.

The council approved $50 for snacks for the Heritage Preservation Commission presentation on June 25. There will be a meeting at 6:30pm, and the design guidelines will be presented at 7pm.

The council approved Jake Fournier as a seasonal full-time employee for the city, from mid-May to mid-October.

The council also approved a Conditional Use Permit for Anna V’s Bed and Breakfast at the recommendation of Planning and Zoning.

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