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Church Hill development agreement signed

Fri, Apr 6th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - With a development agreement signed at the Lanesboro City Council meeting April 2, developer Dan Anderson can now move ahead with his plans for the old school building. According to the agreement, construction is to begin by December 31, 2007 and completed by December 31, 2008. The TIF agreement provides for five percent interest on the loan.

"I'm kind of excited about the project," declared Anderson as he addressed previous issues raised by the proposed project. Anderson plans to maintain the parking structure as it is there now. The construction will be in two phases. The first phase will consist of ten units with ten indoor parking spots. Phase two could be completed at a later time; five more units would be added with five more parking places along the alley. At a later time, the alley might be moved as well.

The annex on the building will have a large opening and serve as a covered, unheated open porch area with a drop off area. The main entrance to the building will be located there with the garage exit on the north on Hillcrest. The sidewalk on Hillcrest would ramp down to the driveway and then ramp up again; there would be no change to the street itself. One utility pole will need to be moved for the driveway. Anderson considers snow removal not to be a problem since the driveway would be short. Emergency access will be the same as it is currently; the building will have an elevator large enough to hold a gurney if needed. A fountain or sculpture is planned for the green space in front of the building.

Anderson proudly shared that the building will be energy efficient-no incandescent light bulbs will be used in it. Anderson calculated the energy efficient lighting will save $4,300 a year alone. Efficient furnaces will further add to the savings.

The council rapidly approved the addition of the driveway onto Hillcrest as well as the TIF financing agreement for the project.

Cable TV city channel

Dave Harrenstein of Lanesboro Web Management submitted a proposal to the council offering to provide a computer and management of the city's local cable TV announcements. The company would provide common announcements for both the Ace and Mediacom customers; city hall office personnel would no longer need to spend time entering information.

The council saw value in the proposal. Council member Joe O'Connor opined the service would aid in effective communication in case of emergencies. O'Connor noted the company has worked for the Chamber of Commerce the past three years and he observed the partnership has worked well.

The council approved a contract for $200 per month pending the reception of the promised $5,000 funds from the Ace cable contract.

Other business

In other business the council:

• agreed to two changes in the Farmers' Market rules-4-H clubs will be able to participate as vendors and anyone living within 20 miles of Lanesboro (a change from Fillmore County residents only) may be a vendor;

• stated the city will not be able to accept hazardous materials, but that residents can take such items to Preston with no charge on May 1 from noon to five; the city will be able to accept appliances however;

• put Riverside on the Root on a waiting list for a liquor license-currently all four permissible licenses have been issued; to issue a fifth the proposal would need an election;

• heard a request from Mark Brewster to vacate a portion of the street on the west side of his property; the council sent the request to the Utilities Commission for consideration first (such a vacation would require a public hearing later);

• learned the golf course hill and the alley behind the new Commonweal Theatre would be repaved this year;

• directed PWD Andy Drake to get prices on installing a manhole and pump in the area near the city tennis courts to deal with storm water;

• approved the lodging licenses with two new approvals for B &Bs Molyneaux House on Parkway and The Haven on Calhoun. Lodging licenses are at the upper limit with a total of 115 possible rooms available in the city.

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