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Lanesboro hires new City Administrator

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Government

The Lanesboro City Council approved offering the job of City Administrator/Clerk/Treasurer to David Todd at their regular meeting on May 6. Todd had been interviewed along with three other candidates last month.

After some discussion, it was agreed to offer the position as long as the full background check came back with no problems. The salary was set at $46,000 with full benefits.

Interim Administrator Theresa Coleman said Todd had very good references and recommendations, as well as a Master’s Degree. He will have a review after 60 days, 180 days, and 365 days of working.

Public Utilities

Previously, the council had passed a resolution to speak with Representative Greg Davids and Senator Jeremy Miller and ask them to include the dam repair project in the state bonding bill for $1.1 million. Councilor O’Connor said he followed up with this and found there might not be a state bonding bill this year. O’Connor also mentioned that the cold weather rule for utilities was extended to May 10 due to the weather this spring.

Animals and Fowl ordinance

Coleman presented the council with a possible ordinance that would create a Board of Health and a Health Officer for the city of Lanesboro. The Health Officer, required to be a physician, would be responsible for upholding and creating ordinances regarding public health issues. This person would also conduct inspections.

Coleman explained this ties in with another issue, and that is the possibility of having an Animals and Fowl ordinance so people could have chickens on their property. Currently two Lanesboro residents have made this request. A Health Officer would be used to inspect the properties and issue permits.

The council discussed looking at other communities that have chicken ordinances and get some more information. No action was taken.

Community Center Keys

Coleman stated there are some keys to the community center missing. Normally when someone rents out the community center, they pay a key deposit. However, there are non-profit organizations that rent it free of charge, and sometimes keys do not get returned. Coleman checked with a locksmith and found it would be $500 to re-key the community center. The council approved it, with the change that everyone will pay a key deposit when renting. Whoever takes the keys will also be signing them out so it is known who is responsible for returning them.

Farmer’s Market Sign

The council tabled the topic of a permanent sign being put up for the farmer’s market. Coleman said the sign would be 4 feet by 4 feet. The chosen spot was to hang it on the backside of the sign post near the entrance to Sylvan Park, and hang it high enough so it can be seen from both directions. Coleman said they would like to get permission for that location, and to get some direction from the council before they have the sign designed. Once designed, they will bring it back to the council.

O’Connor asked if it was necessary to have a permanent sign for something that happens one day a week during the summer. City Attorney Tom Manion said the council will have to look at the policy for signage. He said they could use the fact that the farmer’s market is a tourist draw for the town to justify having permanent signage.

The council will be looking at the policies before making a final decision.

Chamber Sign Request

Ceil Allen, on behalf of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce and the Beautification Committee, explained there have been six people or organizations that have come forward to be part of the Adopt a Space program, and will be taking care of the flowers and landscaping at these spots. The places that have been chosen are the bass pond, the Coffee Street walking bridge, the Community Center planters, the bike trail, the Depot, and the gazebo at the park.

Allen said they would like to recognize these people with small 6-inch by 8-inch signs. The council approved.

Other Business

The Lanesboro Museum director, Sandy Webb, issued a formal thank you to the city for their $5,000 operational donation.

Tom Dybing brought up a complaint by Jeff Johnson that there is water going into his garage, and the hillside is eroding from the water. He said the hillside is city property, and the council will be looking into it.

Rebecca Flege, Project Manager of SEH (Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc.) invited the council to a funding workshop in LaCrescent on May 21. She said there will be speakers there from the DNR, and they will be discussing large city projects. Flege added that if she is chosen to work on the water project in Lanesboro, they will take care of administering all grants and handling all of the funding.

The resolution was passed approving the State of Minnesota Joint Powers agreements

The council approved the wireless phone and smart phone policy, which was updated with minor changes in names and positions.

The council also approved the following items:

•The Fire Relief Association street dance and temporary liquor license for August 2-4.

•The Ambulance Operating Policy and Procedure.

•A contract for St. Mane Theatre for the Preserve Minnesota Annual Conference in September.

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