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Lanesboro City Council Report: Another Sylvan Park fishing pier planned

Fri, Oct 6th, 2006
Posted in Government

Steve Klotz, DNR southeastern region fisheries habitat coordinator, was present at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 2 to discuss the plans for another fishing pier in Sylvan Park. This pier would be on the upper end of the larger pond to take advantage of the shade and position it closer to the bathrooms. A short cement or blacktop path would lead to the pier, retaining as much green space as possible.

Klotz noted that the stumbling block on the project could be a requirement by the state for bathrooms accessible for people with disabilities. He reported he already has an estimate for the construction of such bathrooms and there was a possibility of grant funding. Since this will be the second pier for Sylvan Park, the state will examine the plans with more scrutiny. Accessible parking is also required; a 16' by 20' blacktop area with signage will meet the needs. Construction of the pier will simply call for more screws rather than the bolts used on the first pier; otherwise they will be very similar.

Klotz shared that there was a lot of support for the project in the department and that a potential donor had offered $1,000 and labor to help build the pier.

The ponds are actually designated trout waters-Klotz reminded the council a permit would be required to dredge the sediment. Dredging would be done using a dragline. Klotz intends to look at the flow and discharge from the ponds to ensure the ponds don't warm too much in the summer.

The bass pond was on Klotz's mind as well. Klotz wants to look at a management plan for it; using shoreline maintenance grants to establish native shoreline plants. Since the pond is fished heavily, it is difficult to keep it stocked. Klotz mentioned stocking the pond with walleyes, which would be very popular. Council member Joe O'Connor quipped, "Opening and closing would be the same weekend!"

Visitors' Guide

Julie Kiehne, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, appeared to update the council on the new visitors' guide. The 2007 edition will be the third year of the current format. 132 chamber members are listed in the guide with 47 businesses advertising in it. A new category has been added entitled Local Food, Agriculture & Farmer's Market, and the calendar has been expanded to include chamber member activities.

Kiehne asked for and received $400 support from the council; the Lanesboro Public School has contributed $400 as well; the Public Utilities Commission will also be approached for $400. Dairyland Power will match the contributions with a grant. 35,000 of the glossy guides will be distributed in December-more than the double the 15,000 published in 2005.

Ox Trail

City attorney Tom Manion returned to the council with information on statues covering road maintenance when different government entities own land adjacent to the road. Such is the case for part of Ox Trail, with the city owning one side and Carrolton Township owning the other. According to the statutes, the entities can coordinate funding to repair such roads, deciding what is reasonable for each based on use and the number of people living along the road. The statute does not call for stopping at the boundaries; rather the city and township could work jointly to fix the roads leading into each other's jurisdiction. In this case, expensive surveying to determine ownership would be unnecessary.

An email from Craig Bloomer of the DNR clarified its stance on the road repair. The DNR is unconcerned about the ownership of the road or its maintenance; its only concerns are that no materials fall on the nearby trail, that trail closure be kept to a minimum at slow times of usage, and that any damage of the trail during road construction be repaired by the contractor.

Mayor Steve Rahn will be attending the Carrolton Township meeting to discuss Ox Trail. The council's intent is to widen the road and install guardrails on it.

Other business

In other business, the council:

• accepted an audit agreement with CPA Lloyd Johnson;

• renewed city insurance without waiving the voluntary limits on tort liability;

• learned the youths who had been caught vandalizing the library would be performing 16 hours of community service to makes amends to the city for their actions;

• approved City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson's suggestion to have her and city employee Jerod Wagner present safety training to city employees.

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