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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council continues discussion of Capital Improvement Projects

Fri, Oct 19th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The Lanesboro City Council members have plans and major decisions to make in the near future when it comes to Capital Improvement Projects. There are several projects, including street repairs and sewer and water issues that need to be done soon. They discussed the plans at the City Council meeting on October 15.

One of the decisions that needs to be made is what percentage to assess street repairs to the residents. Council member Joe O'Connor said there needs to be a clear definition of street, and whether or not it includes sanitary sewer and storm sewer, or if it is just curb and gutter and sidewalk.

City Attorney Tom Manion mentioned that the city can't assess higher than the amount that the project will increase the value of the property, a number which is difficult to determine. Don Miller of Yaggy Colby Associates suggested keeping assessments lower by having another source of funds, like a utility fund of money that has been set aside. He said this is something that other cities have done to help offset costs. He also suggested talking to engineer Mike Bubany from David Drown Associates, as he might have some good ideas for dividing costs and determining how to assess property owners.

Two members of the city council will get together with City Administrator Bobbie Vickerman to go over the list of needed projects and determine what will be done during Phase I. Vickerman will be talking with Bubany, Yaggy Colby and Manion to get more information on making an assessment policy.

Other business

Council member Vince Jeannette received a letter from the Friends of Rushford that he read at the meeting. The letter stated that the fundraiser held recently raised a little over $14,000 to help with flood relief in Rushford. The money will be given out in $100 gift cards to Rushford residents that are working on rebuilding their homes. The Friends of Rushford thanked Lanesboro for all the support and donations they have received since the flooding.

• Council member Tom Dybing updated the council on the recent meeting held with the Bonding and Finance committee. He said the hearing was very well attended, and many things were discussed, including Highway 52 and mass transit from the Twin Cities to Chicago. They also discussed upkeep of the bike trails and other ways to bring people to southeast Minnesota.

• Kerry Lea handed out brochures for Flood Recovery Partners, an outreach service that is helping people in the area deal with emotional responses with the flood. She said they are housed behind the Rushford clinic near FEMA. The organization offers many resources for people who have been affected by the disaster. The number to call for anyone associated with the flood is (507) 864-4209 or toll free (888) 771-5109.

• The council approved lawful gambling at the American Legion in Lanesboro. Leroy Erickson asked about whether or not a no smoking sign must be a certain distance from the door. Jeannette stated in Olmsted County there is an ordinance about the sign being near the door, but there is no such ordinance in Fillmore County. Vickerman is going to speak with Sheriff Daryl Jensen to be sure.

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