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Lanesboro fine tunes assessment policy

Fri, Feb 8th, 2008
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council has been going through the new assessment policy and making some last minute changes before the public hearing on February 18. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman has been working with engineers at Yaggy Colby to come up with a policy that works for Lanesboro. The policy needs to be adopted in February so preparations can be made for capital improvements that will begin in the spring.

At the regular meeting on February 4, council member Joe O'Connor brought questions about a couple of areas on the policy. The council declared their intent to adopt the policy with these minor changes made.

One thing O'Connor was concerned about was the definition of overlay in a section that stated the city would pay all costs of overlay on the streets. The new language will better define what is considered overlay as opposed to normal street repairs. Another section of the policy stated that the council may defer, at its own discretion, any assessment payments for residents who are 65 or older for whom it would be a hardship to pay. City Attorney Tom Manion clarified that there are more reasons than just age that an assessment can be deferred. The new policy will reflect these changes before the public hearing.

Tuchek Settlement

After a brief closed meeting with Attorney Paul Reuvers of Iverson Reuvers Attorneys at Law, the meeting was reopened. Reuvers explained that the civil case regarding the fire started by John Tuchek was closed as of the week before, and a settlement of $225,000 was reached. According to Reuvers, the money will come from the League of Minnesota Cities Trust.

"We're glad to put this final chapter behind us from this fire," stated Reuvers.

Farmer's Market Requests

Kelly Davidson was approved as a new board member for the Lanesboro Farmer's Market. She approached the council with three more requests, all of which were approved. The other requests were to adopt the 2008 rules, and to update them on the city's website. They are also requesting the city to install a 110 volt outlet on the light pole in the center of the current market area. The outlet will also be used for any other events in the area.

Other business

• The council approved the engineering proposals from Yaggy Colby for the upcoming capital improvements. The construction projects being completed first will be Whittier Street and Maple Drive. The proposals include the assessment value, initial surveying and the final design. The preliminary and final design services of Whittier Street will not exceed $37,500, and the construction services are estimated at $30,400. Preliminary and final design costs of Maple Drive will not exceed $7,700 and the construction costs are estimated at $6,100.

• O'Connor stated that the EDA (Economic Development Authority) is pursuing information about building an assisted living center in Lanesboro. A letter was sent out to a construction firm that had expressed some interest to request ideas and possibly have them visit with the council. Vickerman has also emailed the League of MN Cities about other communities that have built assisted living centers. The EDA also requested that Vickerman inquire about revolving loan funds in other communities.

The council referred a land detachment request from Luther Olson to the Planning and Zoning Committee. Olson would like to detach from the city and become a part of Carrolton Township.

Jennifer Wood was approved for the library board, as well as changing Eliza Mitchell's position from a sub to part-time.

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