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Lanesboro Council to review street sweeper quotes

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro looked at the possibility of purchasing a new street sweeper at the regular meeting on November 19. City employee Andy Drake presented the council with quotes from Mac Queen Equipment in St. Paul for two different sweepers.

The first bid was for a 2007 sweeper with a two-year warranty for a total of $113,984 after trade-in. A three-year lease purchase payment, which would start in January of 2009, would be $41,684. City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman stated this was a very good deal for a new sweeper.

The other bid was for a 2003 sweeper for $88,500. Three-year lease purchase payments for that would be $32,364.

Drake explained that the sweeper currently in use is 15 years old, and has 22,000 miles on it, which is a lot for a sweeper. He added that last year the city put a lot of money into it, around $5,000.

Vickerman asked if he thought the sweeper would last another year or so, and Drake said there was just no way to know. According to Vickerman, money for a new sweeper was added to the Capital Improvement Plan for 2010, but they only planned for $45,000.

The council members will be looking over the quotes and Vickerman will look at some financial options if they choose to purchase a new one.

Vickerman also mentioned that the city recently sold their red truck for $5,300. The council approved using that money to buy a new plow and snow tires for the winter. There will then be three snow plows for snow removal. She estimated the cost of the plow installed on the white Public Utilities truck would be $3,800, and $800 for snow tires.

Library Board

Council member Vince Jeannette reported from the library board that SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) will be giving the Lanesboro Public Library $4,000 less this year than they received last year. Vickerman explained that the county is giving more money to the libraries this year, but the way they are distributing it is different, and is based on rural usage. The percentage of use in Lanesboro has gone up this year, but not as much as some other communities in the county.

Mayor Steve Rahn said he would like Anne Hutton, the head of SELCO, to come to a meeting to explain how they came up with the numbers.

Bluff Country Request

Historic Bluff Country asked the city to pass a resolution supporting the National Scenic Byway that passes through Lanesboro. Adapting the policy would mean the city would have to follow the regulations restricting the use of advertising or signs on the byway. Vickerman said they do not allow signs on the byway anyway. City Attorney Tom Manion saw nothing wrong with the resolution. He said having the designation could be beneficial for advertising and drawing people to the area. The resolution was passed.

Other business

• Vickerman stated she has cut $1,200 from the budget so far, but there is still a tax increase of 12 percent. She would like to get the increase down to 3-5 percent, and she believes it will not be a problem. A new city employee has taken over several jobs, cutting the need for part-time hires in the summer. There is also less need for part-time help at the library, and other places where cuts could be made. The public hearing will be held before the first council meeting in December.

• Vickerman has also been working on the new assessment policy, but is not comfortable with it yet and not ready for a public hearing. She is going to have Manion look over the policy, and she is looking for more suggestions.

• The council approved the Parkway Pub fundraiser, the 4th Annual Turkey Bowling event to be held the night before Thanksgiving. The money raised is donated to the freshman football team.

• Rahn said the Park Board has spoken with Waste Management, and they will be putting 20 recycling bins in the park. The board would also like to get more trees for the parks, and they are going to purchase a refrigerator for the kitchen.

• Marge Drake will be covering some hours needed at the city office to help out while an employee has medical leave.

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