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Capital improvement projects going smoothly

Fri, Oct 24th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Capital Improvement projects in Lanesboro are moving along smoothly, according to City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman. The new floors and heaters at the fire hall are completed, as well as the curb and gutter at Maple Drive and Whittier Street. The roof at the community center is complete, except for the gutters, and the new boiler for the building has been ordered.

Vickerman said the contractors were starting the blacktop for both Whittier and Maple on Tuesday. One layer of Whittier will be going on this fall, and another layer put on in the spring to allow things to settle.

Vickerman also checked about doing work on Zenith Street East, the section from one end of Maple Drive to the other. Vickerman received a second estimate that was a lot lower than the original, at $10,900. This price includes two-and-a-half inch blacktop instead of the original two-inch. She is planning on talking to Andy Bunge about the budget and see if it can be done this year. The council gave her permission to go ahead with the project if financially feasible.

There will be an assessment hearing on the Capital Projects on November 10 at 5:30 p.m. Property owners will be receiving a letter with the exact assessment costs for the projects, and they are free to come to the hearing with any questions or concerns.

Other Business

• The council approved a request to have cyclists from BAM (Bicycling Around Minnesota) stay overnight at the campground next August. Up to 200 people will be participating. There will be a $200 charge to the group to cover expenses.

• Tom Dybing spoke to the council about the Community Forum held two weeks ago in Lanesboro. Senator Sharon Ropes and Representative Ken Tschumper were at the forum, which Dybing said went very well. They discussed many things at the forum, including tax rates, ideas to support businesses, a camping/lodging tax and the proposed sales tax.

• Vickerman informed the council that there is no need to have a public hearing for the Junk Letters that were sent out, as long as she has been dealing with the people individually. Most of the problems have been taken care of, and the city is working to help a resident that needs it.

• The November 17 meeting was moved to November 11 in order to canvas the election results and to have the assessment hearing.

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