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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council to determine assessment policy

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro will be making some street repairs and other capital improvements in the near future. The costs of some of these projects will be assessed to adjacent property owners, and the city council members have the job of deciding on an assessment policy. The policy that is chosen will help them decide how each property owner will be assessed for the improvements.

At the Nov. 5 city council meeting, City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman showed the council the policy assessments of Spring Valley and Stewartville as an example. She has been working with Dillon Dumbrovski from Yaggy Colby on choosing the best policy for Lanesboro.

As Vickerman pointed out, the layout of some of the lots in Lanesboro are different than other cities in the area, and some properties will be difficult to assess, including one home that has improvements being done on three sides. She also mentioned that the current sidewalk replacement policy should be added to the final assessment policy.

Council member Joe O'Connor mentioned that it should be made clear in the policy that non-profit organizations, such as schools and churches, will be assessed the same as other properties.

Vickerman is looking for feedback from the council on the policy. City Attorney Tom Manion will be looking it over as well. Vickerman would like to have the final policy ready by the next meeting, when they can then announce a public hearing in December.

"It's going to be a challenge figuring out what projects we'll be able to do with the $700,000," said Vickerman.

Quadathlon Fundraiser

Julie Kiehne from the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce informed the council about an athletic event that will be occurring on April 19, 2008. The Chamber will be hosting a Quadathlon, which will include running, canoeing, biking, and a team land buoy obstacle course. According to Kiehne, they will need to close part of Highway 250 to the Ox Trail Road for the event. Mayor Steve Rahn told her she would need to speak with Officer Matt Schultz about traffic control. Kiehne wanted the council to be aware of the event, and she will be informing the county and the state as well.

Other business

• Jill Veerkamp, the new librarian, introduced herself to the council. She said things have been going very well and people have been very helpful.

• Ted Reinhart from the Fountain Fire Department requested, and was granted, a legal gambling license for the golf course for pull tabs.

• Vickerman gave the council forms to fill out for her employee review, as well as forms for other city employees that she would like help filling out.

• The city received a letter from Fred and Sandy Kiel complimenting Officer Blaise Sass on the way he handled a situation with their daughter.

• The city office will be closed November 28, 29 and 30 so the city employees can do some filing in preparation for the upcoming audit.

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