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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council approves garbage contract

Fri, Feb 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Lanesboro City Council voted unanimously at their Monday, February 5 meeting, to grant a new five year contract to Waste Management for solid waste and recycling pick-up. The contract is for a period from April 1, 2007 through March 31, 2012.

The agreement calls for a rate increase that is tied annually to the consumer price index with a four percent maximum increase.

The base residential rate charged by the city will be $6.00 per month, with add-ons for purchase of bags, cart rentals and recycling. The contract also calls for a fuel surcharge. In the event diesel fuel reaches more than $3.00 per gallon, a surcharge of 25¢ per month will be added to the rate; conversely, if diesel fuel drops to less than $2.00 per gallon, the rate would fall 25¢.

Council member Joe O'Connor asked if Waste Management could work with the city to provide recycling containers along side regular trash containers in the city proper. O'Connor said that he had seen these in other communities.

"I would guess that Lanesboro has a higher volume of recyclables," O'Connor explained, referring to the number of tourists that come to town seasonally.

Margo Underwood of Waste Management complimented O'Connor for his forward thinking and assured the council that the company could work with the city on this.

City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson asked if Waste Management could assist with appliance pick-up during the city-wide spring clean-up.

Mark Goskeson, Site Manager for Waste Management, said that the company could arrange to set up a drop site where residents could bring appliances and be charged a set fee.

Comprehensive Plan

Carla Noack reported to the council on the progress of the comprehensive plan and the results of the community survey. The survey was completed by 223 residents and focused on questions related to economic development, housing and land-use.

Noack announced that public meetings would be held in the near future:

• February 13 - Housing (at Sylvan Manor at 6:00 p.m.);

• March 14 - Economic Development; and

• April 17 - Land-use.

"We will use the survey results, input from the community meetings and verbatim responses to the survey to create a snapshot of the community issues for the comprehensive plan," Noack said.

Noack praised Luther College intern Ben Duven who compiled the survey results. The comprehensive plan is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with a draft ready by the end of April.


O'Connor reported on the Economic Development Authority meeting. He said that the group had recently reviewed the results of the Comprehensive Plan Community Survey and noticed many respondents would like to see the city attract new businesses to town.

O'Connor said the group's priorities for 2007 were:

• Complete the Comprehensive Plan;

• Work with the Fillmore County EDA and Southern Minnesota Development Corporation to attract new businesses; and,

• Work with the Chamber of Commerce to encourage people to "shop locally."

Other Business

• the council received a letter from Dan Anderson of Church Hill Cooperative expressing an interest in tax increment financing to develop the old elementary school property. The letter asked for the same conditions agreed to previously between the city and Northcountry Cooperative Development Fund, which backed out of the project. The amount would be for $250,000 over 26 years.

• the council authorized hiring intern Ben Duven to help with codification of ordinances for up to 100 hours or $750.

• the council approved a request from Randy Reynolds for a 60 day extension of a subdivision request to allow for surveying of the property in question.

• the council approved the appointments of David Hennesy and Brenda Semmen to the Library Board.

• the council authorized sending a "junk" letter from the city ordering that junk be removed from specified properties.

• the council approved a gambling permit for the Lions to hold a raffle on June 30, 2007.

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