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Lanesboro City Council Report: Lanesboro 20/20

Fri, Sep 21st, 2007
Posted in Government

A public hearing was held before the regular city council meeting in Lanesboro on September 17. The topic to be discussed was the Lanesboro 20/20 plans for the future, and Carla Noack was present to answer any questions about the document entitled "Envisioning our Future."

The process of creating the Lanesboro 20/20 plan began with the EDA (Economic Development Authority) hiring Noack as the planning coordinator to create a plan for the future. The focus of the plan is on housing, economic development and land use. The process over the last year or more has involved meetings with people in the community, surveys and research.

Although there were no community members present at the Public Hearing, Noack spoke to the council, thanking them for the opportunity to work on the project.

"Our hope is that it will be used as a working document," stated Noack. She added that they are always open to input from community members, and she hopes the city will use the plans, which go along with Lanesboro's Capital Improvement Plans.

During the regular meeting, the council adopted the Lanesboro 20/20 Comprehension Plan as presented.

Engineering Proposals

City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson presented the council with engineering proposals from both Yaggy Colby Associates and Bonestroo for a drainage project near the ball field. The proposal from Bonestroo also included the cost of a drainage study of Whittier Street, where there have been many water issues lately.

Dillon Dombrovski from Yaggy Colby was at the meeting, and stated they would be able to do the study of Whittier Street as well. The cost given for the ball field drainage project was $2,167.50, and Dombrovski estimated the additional cost of the Whittier Street study at around $4-500.

Torgerson stated Yaggy Colby has been used by the city for engineering projects a lot over the years, and they have responded well to the needs of the city. She recommended going with Yaggy on these projects, and the council approved, with the cost not to exceed $3,000.

The question was raised whether it would be beneficial for the city to have an engineering firm that is used on a regular basis. Torgerson believed it would help her know where to go if problems arise between meetings. Dombrovski agreed that it would be beneficial to the city, and offered to give a presentation on Yaggy Colby's city engineering plans. Having them for the city engineers would not cost any additional fees.

Other business

• Torgerson updated the council on the situation with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) in Lanesboro. Storm sewer damage has been assessed, and information about two roads that were washed out will also be submitted to FEMA. They will then look into what can be done to help with the repair costs.

• Jill Veerkamp was hired as the new Library Director. Veerkamp has a Masters in Library Science and comes from St. Charles.

• Bob Bakke of Bakke Cement and Masonry requested that the sidewalk repairs be delayed until next spring, as he has been busy with work needed in Rushford after the flood. The council agreed.

• Temporary liquor licenses were approved for the National Biking Association, a Friends of Rushford benefit, and the retirement and Rushford fundraiser of Dan Book.

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