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Lanesboro council approves 2009 budget

Fri, Dec 5th, 2008
Posted in Government

Members of the Lanesboro City Council approved the budget and levy for 2009 during their meeting on December 1. During the Public Hearing held before the regular meeting, there were no residents present with questions or concerns about the budget. There will be no continuation hearing on December 15.

City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman explained some of the differences between the new budget and the budget for 2009 and answered questions from the council members. Joe O'Connor asked about the contract with the Preston Police Department and the increase in the budget.

Vickerman explained that Preston pays two-thirds of the total police budget, and Lanesboro pays the other one-third. Council member Kevin Drake commented that although the city originally went with a shared police department to save money, it seems as if they are almost back where they started. Lanesboro's share of the services went up from $79,000 last year to $83,202 in 2009.

City Attorney Tom Manion said that other communities are paying a lot of money for law enforcement as well, some even more than Preston and Lanesboro.

Vickerman also explained the budgeted amount for road salt is higher than they will probably need. The city averages a budget of $4-5,000 every year on salt for slippery roads. They used a lot of salt toward the end of the season last year.

Money for asphalt was decreased for 2009, as they have spent a lot of money on asphalt for the Capital Improvement Projects. They are hoping to bring money back for asphalt and sidewalks the next year.

The levy is increased three percent from last year, and was approved at $394,053.

Committee Appointments

Due to the change in two council members, tentative committee assignments were made during the meeting. New member Ceil Allen was appointed to the Library Board and Vince Jeannette to the EDA board. Mayor Steve Rahn will stay on the Park Board and Tom Dybing will continue with the Planning and Zoning Board. Joe O'Connor will take over on the Public Utilities Board.

Other Business

At the request of the EDA, the council approved moving their operating funds to the Revolving Loan Fund for 2009.

The council also approved the following-

• Hiring Smith Schafer out of Rochester for the audit again this year at a cost of $8,350. Vickerman said they did a great job last year.

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