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Lanesboro City Council discusses ambulance issues


Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

Dillon Dombrovski, an engineer with Yaggy Colby and Associates ,was at the Lanesboro City Council meeting on January 4 to discuss the storm sewer project under Riverside on the Root. The city is planning to reroute the storm sewer so that it does not go under the restaurant. It would be plugged and abandoned, and would solve the leaking and erosion problem they have been dealing with.

Dombrovski said that with further investigation, the assessment policy has categorized it as repair and not replacement, and it would not have to be assessed to any property owners. He suggested this winter they get a plan drawn up so they could get a quote on the project in the spring. The quote they received recently was around $50,000, but it could be different in the spring. The council gave him the go-ahead to draw up the plans.

Ambulance

Vickerman informed the council the ambulance service has received four applications from people interested in joining, and they are hoping for even more. She wanted to let the council know that they missed an ambulance call due to lack of coverage, and have contacted the state and done everything necessary in that regard. The Preston Ambulance was able to respond to that call.

Vickerman said they need to work on scheduling issues, and they discussed purchasing EMS manager software that would cost $941 year. Staff would be able to log on and enter what times they are available, and the program would make sure there are always two people on call. She added that ambulance members have been very good at stepping up to help during this shortage.

Mayor Steve Rahn mentioned that Lanesboro has a mutual aid agreement with Preston and Rushford, and said that it’s ridiculous to get fined by the state for not having coverage. “The state is out of line,” he said. “That’s why we have mutual aid.”

No decisions were made, as they are waiting to hear back from the EMSRB (Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board) after their next meeting.

Public Utilities

Council member Joe O’Connor spoke about the projects that were discussed at the recent Public Utilities Commission meeting. They discussed manholes that need to be looked at and repaired, the need to collect data on sewer lining as an option, and the well situation with the well that has high radium levels. There is a possibility the city will have to get a new well, but they are waiting to here more.

O’Connor also said the cost to repair the dam has gone up since the first estimate a couple of years ago, from $1.8 million to just over $2 million. Right now, the DNR is committed to pay half, and there is a state legacy grant for $300,000. O’Connor said he met with Representative Greg Davids and Jeremy Miller and discussed Lanesboro’s ongoing problem with the dam repairs. Davids’s advice was for Lanesboro to adopt a resolution and forward it to him and Miller to ask the state to fund the rest of the cost through the state bonding bill. The council approved.

Organization

The council did their organization for 2013 during the meeting. The Fillmore County Journal was chosen as the official legal paper, the official depository is Associated Bank of Lanesboro; the mileage reimbursement remained at 50 cents per mile, and Vickerman, Rahn, and Deputy Clerk Michele Peterson are the official signatures on city checks, and Tom Dybing was chosen as acting mayor.

The Fire Department Officers for 2013 were approved, as was lawful gambling.

For committees, newest council member Tom Smith was appointed to the EDA (Economic Development Authority) and Keith Eide will be on the library committee.

The meeting schedule and holiday schedule were approved for 2013. The Administrator contract was also approved.

Chamber Report

Julie Kiehne from the Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce gave a report about the annual chamber meeting, which is coming up on January 16. Kiehne said most of the work the chamber is doing revolves around the strategic plan. The Chamber hired a consultant to walk them through the steps of marketing and promoting, and is now putting that plan into action and using it as a tool.

At the meeting, they will go over how the Chamber spends its money and time and talk about how they are working on those strategies to promote Lanesboro. Some of the things they will talk about include a conference and retreat plan to help fill in time when tourism businesses are slower, an arts campus, the new website built in 2012 with a new mobile site, the frac mining issue, the Root River Trail reconstruction, and the new 2013 Lanesboro Visitor’s Guide.

Kiehne invited all council members to attend the meeting.

Other Business

The council thanked Ceil Allen for her years of service to the city as a council member, and presented her with a certificate of recognition.

Mayor Rahn and Tom Dybing took an oath and were sworn in for their new terms, and Tom Smith was sworn in as a new council member.

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