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Lanesboro considers land split

Fri, Jan 5th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - After the swearing in of new council member Vince Jeannette and returning council member Kevin Drake, the Lanesboro City Council turned their attention to a proposed land split in the city at the regular council meeting Tuesday, January 2. Representing Randy Reynolds, Mark Welch of GGG Inc. had requested a land split at the Dec. 18 meeting. The council had advised Welch/Reynolds to approach neighbor Jon Pieper to purchase land from him as well.

Jon Pieper appeared before the council Jan. 2 to express his concerns about the proposed split. According to Pieper, the ownership of the land in that area had been disputed for 30 years. He informed the council the new survey doesn't match a former survey at all, noting the stakes were still in place from the previous survey.

City Attorney Tom Manion reminded the council the city shouldn't attempt to become the "deal breaker;" the city usually goes by the county records. Manion continued by telling the council the city could allow the split as a discretionary measure. He urged the council, "If there is anything that makes you hesitate, I recommend you don't issue the permit (to allow the land split)." He told them they could send a letter saying they didn't approve the split at this time, but could later change their minds. Manion opined that it would be difficult to take back the permission once it was given, however.

Council member Joe O'Connor pointed out that three owners were questioning the ownership of the property. After assuring themselves they would still meet the sixty day response requirements, the council decided to table the issue and request that the property owners - Randy Reynolds, Bucky Rogers, Everett Johnson, and Jon Pieper - as well as Mark Welch attend the next council meeting to discuss the matter.

Beginning of the year


Since it was the first meeting of the year, the council needed to make choices and assignments for the year. The Republican Leader was selected the official newspaper and Associated Bank was chosen the official depository, with Administrator Bobbie Torgerson, Clerk Rita Peterson and Mayor Steve Rahn approved to sign checks.

Mileage reimbursement was raised four cents to 48.5 cents a mile following the 2007 IRS suggestion. Kevin Drake was appointed acting mayor. Drake will once again serve on the Utilities Commission; Tom Dybing on the Planning and Zoning; Steve Rahn on the Park Board; Joe O'Connor on the EDA and Vince Jeannette will serve as the library liaison.

Council meetings were set for the first and third Mondays of the months with the exception of January meetings, the second February meeting and September meetings which will be held the following Tuesdays. February 20 and September 18 were chosen for joint meetings of the council and Utilities Commission.

Other business

In other business, the council:

• heard from Torgerson that she will forward the pay equity update to the council via email; the update must be submitted by the end of January;

• approved Dean Hove as member of the Planning and Zoning Commission;

• learned five people had expressed interest in joining the ambulance squad; classes will begin February 15 in Chatfield and continue for six weeks (two or three nights a week);

• accepted the donation of the Lanesboro welcome sign vignette from the Lanesboro Community Mural, which had covered the security wall at the Commonweal Theatre early in the construction. The council has not yet decided where they will hang the 12-foot high by 8-foot wide segment, but plan to display it publicly inside a building.

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