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Lanesboro begins clean-up

Fri, Jun 20th, 2008
Posted in Government

Like many communities in Fillmore County, Lanesboro was affected by the recent heavy rains. Water in the park forced the city to hold Art in the Park elsewhere on June 15, and there were people who had flooding in their basements. At their regular meeting on June 16, City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman updated the council on the clean-up efforts and the city's status with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

According to Vickerman, she would find out in the next couple of days whether or not they will be declared a disaster area. She would then find out what kind of help the city can get from FEMA.

Vickerman had already handed out clean-up kits to people who needed them. She said that all the residential flooding was in basements only, nothing on the first floors. She and other people had been working hard that day to clean up picnic tables and shelters in the park with bleach. Vickerman said the softball field is still covered in mud, and some campsites were washed away.

"We're just trying to be minimal here to save some money," said Vickerman. "Some things will just have to wait until there's the funding."

Right now the softball field and the campsites are a priority for the city to clean up. Vickerman explained that the Red Cross and FEMA both advised leaving the muck and mud to dry before cleaning it up. She added that there were a lot of people willing to volunteer their time to get things cleaned up, and the city is very appreciative of their help. Andy Drake also mentioned that there was a great turn-out for sand-bagging, and that it was nice to see there are so many people that care.

Asphalt Hot Patcher

Drake recommended that the city purchase an asphalt hot patcher. He explained how it works to fix potholes on streets by patching them with hot asphalt. The patcher can mix asphalt hot or cold, is regulated by diesel fuel, and has a thermostat that will keep the asphalt warm.

"If you don't use it all up, you can keep it warm and use the rest of it the next day," said Drake. He added that regular cold patchers are only temporary fixes, and these hot patches will stay permanently. He also noted that in the last four years the streets in Lanesboro have developed a lot of pot holes.

"This thing could last the city 20 or 30 years," said Drake. "I think you would be money ahead." He said that cold patching costs twice as much as hot patching.

Vickerman added that there won't be any more street repairs until 2013, and the city could really use something like this to patch them until then.

The council approved purchasing the hot patcher for $10,995, which was the state bid. Drake had found another one at McQueen for $20,000. He could have it delivered in two weeks.

Vickerman said that the cost would have to be worked into this year's expenses. She added that the Street Department has a CD for $18,000 that could be used, but recommended using unallocated funds from this year's budget before going to the CD.

Other business

• The city approved a Conditional Use Permit for the Slant Avenue Mercantile after the public hearing. Vickerman said all of the residents in the area are okay with the commercial property.

• The city approved bidding for the Whittier Street and Maple Drive projects. The goal is to accept bid by July 17.

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