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Lanesboro Council discusses need for hazardous mitigation plan

Fri, Mar 7th, 2008
Posted in Government

Lanesboro's City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman recently attended a Hazardous Mitigation meeting, and spoke to the City Council about it during their regular meeting on March 3. Information has been acquired from every city in Fillmore County regarding the potential for disasters or emergencies. They are calculating the potential costs and making a county-wide plan on how to handle any hazard. According to Vickerman, in order for cities to receive money from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), they will have to have a Hazardous Mitigation plan in place. The county will have to have a plan in place by the fall. Vickerman said each city will eventually have to have a plan in place as well.

Legislative Issues

Vickerman also spoke to the council about getting a House bonding bill to make improvements to the bathhouse at the park. Vickerman has spoken to Representative Ken Tschumper and given him some figures for making the bathhouse handicap accessible, and he has added them to the bill. According to Vickerman, if the bill does not go through, Tschumper has said that there are other options for funding the project. The city has previously applied for money from the DNR (Department of Natural Resources), which fell through. Vickerman included bids for both increasing the width of the current bathhouse and completely renovating it.

Council member Tom Dybing stated that Tschumper has presented a local sales tax bill, which will now be going to a tax committee. The council approved covering Dybing's mileage and other expenses if he goes to the committee to testify in favor of a local sales tax.

Other Business

• The council approved a sign for a new business opening up in town. Ross Trotterchaude is renting the Down Home store front where there will be a pet boutique called "Spoiled Rotten." The council looked at the design that will be in the front window. According to Trotterchaude, the lettering will be six inches high. The council felt the sign was appropriate and was not too bright or distracting.

• Vickerman asked the council which Capital Improvement projects that the engineer is not currently working on. Vickerman will be getting bids on both the fire hall roof and the HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) projects.

• The council approved reimbursement for training for ambulance personnel at a total cost of $9,675.

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