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Lanesboro council hears about Buffalo Bill Days events, need for volunteers

Fri, Apr 25th, 2008
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - Plans are already under way for Lanesboro's Buffalo Bill Days celebration, held every August. The co-chairs of the committee Karen Scheevel and Diane Marzolf had planned on being at the City Council meeting on April 21 but were unable to make it. They had sent a letter to the city outlining some of the updates they were going to discuss.

Some of the events that will be returning this year are the parade, kids' games, pony rides, the petting zoo, food vendors, the street dance and tournaments for arm wrestling, volleyball and softball. There will not be a car show or a teen dance this year. Some of the new events will be a bean bag toss tournament, a golf tournament and a Don Ward Historic Walk. There will also be a promotion called "Going Green," in which people can buy beverage mugs and some food vendors will provide discounts for people using the mugs.

Committee members are requesting the city advertise for some volunteers. They would like to work with some new people this year, who could then take over duties next year. The committee is looking for a chair or co-chair, as well as marketplace and food vendors chair or co-chairs.

Earth Day

Saturday, April 26 there will be an Earth Day celebration at Sylvan Park. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman reminded council members of the ceremony at 9 a.m. with a tree planting. Afterward there will be a city-wide clean up. Gloves and bags for garbage and recycling will be provided, as well as food for the people who help out. The council approved the planting of eight Maple trees by kids in grades K-6 who will be planting them on Friday, April 25.

Tree Ordinance

Vickerman showed the council a sample tree ordinance from another city for them to look over and give some suggestions. The ordinance will give the city some regulations for planting, maintaining and removing trees, shrubs and other plants in the city. It also gives a list of recommended trees and trees that are not recommended. There are some guidelines in the ordinance about tree topping, pruning and clearance, stumps, boulevards and violations. City Attorney Tom Manion will also be looking at the proposed ordinance.

Other business

• Andy Bunge from the Chamber of Commerce approached the city at the last meeting asking for a $500 donation toward a Crisis Grant. The grant is sponsored by the MN Tourism Office to help communities in Southeast Minnesota promote tourism and make up for some money lost due to the flooding last summer. For every sixty cents the city raises, the Tourism Office will match forty cents. The council approved donating $250. The Chamber then asked Public Utilities for the other $250, as well as $500 from the fire department. In both cases, the motion died for lack of a second. The Chamber was asking the city for another $250, as their goal is to raise $2,000. Nobody on the council made a motion, so Mayor Steve Rahn made a motion to keep the donation at $250. The motion passed.

• Council member Kevin Drake reported on the Public Utilities meeting. He said they are repairing the water wheel, which cost around $20,000. He also mentioned that residential utility rates will be increasing slightly, while commercial rates will be going down.

• The council approved a storm sewer bid from Blitz Construction at $15,687. Vickerman said that Dillon Dombrovski had recommended the three companies that gave bids, and that FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) will be paying the cost.

• The public hearing for the Capital Improvement Projects will be held on April 28 at 5:30. There will be a public hearing for the utility rates on May 5 before the regular council meeting.

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