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Lanesboro City Council

Regular Meeting

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Regular Meeting 5:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers


Present:  Autumn Johnson, Jason Resseman, Marge Drake, Bridget Harvey, and Tom Smith

Absent:   None

Visitors:  Michael and Char Brown, Brian Malm, Bretta Grabau, David Landro, Hannah Wingert, Jerod Wagner, Tony Weber, John DeGeorge, Officer Tim Melver, Officer Gideon Purdell, Deane Benson, and Alissa Oeltjenbruns.

Regular Meeting:

Mayor Johnson called the Regular Meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.

Agenda:  Member Resseman motioned to approve the agenda as submitted with the additions of Library to Committee reports and the Minutes of the July 26th Special Council meeting. Member Harvey seconded the motion.  Motion carried all in favor

Approval of Minutes:

  1. Minutes of the Regular Meeting, July 2nd, 2018

  2. Minutes of the Special Meeting, June 29th, 2018

  3. Minutes of the Special Meeting, July 26th, 2018

Member Resseman motioned to approve the minutes as submitted.  Mayor Johnson seconded the motion.  Motion carried all in favor.

Consent Agenda:

  1. Accounts Payable

  2. Resolution 2018-28  - Point Source Implementation Grant MPFA

  3. Elcor Construction – Pay Request Park Road

  4. Elcor Construction – Pay Request Zenith Street

  5. Temporary Liquor License – Lanesboro Area Chamber of Commerce Member Resseman motioned to approve the consent agenda as submitted.  Mayor Johnson seconded the motion.  Motion carried all in favor. 

Community Input:

  1. John DeGeorge – Candidate for Fillmore County Sheriff:  Mr. DeGeorge introduced himself as a candidate for Sheriff, providing his background and experience.  Several questions from the Council and audience were also addressed.

  2. Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation Presentation:  Alissa Oeltjenbruns was present to update the Council on projects in and around Lanesboro that the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation is currently working on.  Mayor Johnson motioned to approve a donation of $250 for projects within Lanesboro.  Member Drake seconded the motion.  Motion carried all in favor. 

Committee Reports:

  1. Police:  Officer Melver provided a brief overview of calls, noting the average number of calls is 100-110 per month in Lanesboro.  He also noted the wide variety of calls from drugs, thefts, DUI, and underage drinking.  Officer Melver introduced the newest officer as Gideon Purdell.

  2. Fire:  Chief Jerod Wagner was present to provide the Council with year to date information.  There have been a total of seven calls in 2018.  The department was recently made aware by the State Fire Marshalls office that they needed to conduct additional training to the volunteers.  Wagner is concerned for the amount of funds budget for 2018, as training expenses have already surpassed the budgeted amount.  He recommended an increase in the 2019 budget consideration for training as well as salaries.  Finally he noted that the Buffalo Bill Days Fireman’s Dance was a success.

  3. Ambulance:  Director Deane Benson thanked the volunteers for their service as well as those that make it possible for them to serve.  Benson noted that two volunteers are almost done with their EMT training.  Benson noted that the volunteers did not feel that a schedule six weeks in advance would work; he felt it would only increase the amount of trade requests.  The trade requests result in time that is difficult to fill.

  4. EDA:  Administrator Peterson noted that there are seven available seats on the EDA, with only 5 currently being filled.  One additional Council Member and another member from the community are still needed.  Peterson will discuss with the EDA options for moving forward, specifically if they would like to decrease the board to a three person board or keep trying to find volunteers.

  5. LPU:  Jim Peterson submitted is retirement effective January 25, 2019.  Jerod Wagner discussed the project to remove the old diesel engine from the building.  The Public Utilities Commission had approved the bid for the removal; however buildings concerns have been noted.  Further information will be brought to the Public Utilities Commission before Council consideration.

  6. Park:  Four bids for the 1997 Ford Pickup were reviewed.  Mayor Johnson motioned to approve the bid from Pat Troendle in the amount of $1,852.00.  Member Harvey seconded the motion.  Motion carried all in favor. 

Regular Business:

  1. Public Works Maintenance Position:  David Haugen has accepted the position and will begin on Monday, August 13th, 2018.

  2. Sidewalk Ordinances:  Mayor Johnson motioned to approve the edits and repeals with regards to sidewalk ordinances.  Member Harvey seconded the motion.  Motion carried all in favor.

  3. 2019 Budget Discussion:  The following Council members will review these departments:

  • Bridget Harvey – Library

  • Tom Smith and Autumn Johnson – Fire and Ambulance

  • Marge Drake – Park

  • Jason Resseman - Street 

  1. Continued Business:

    1. Consideration for the purchase of property: Closed Meeting:  Consider offers for the purchase of real property pursuant to Minnesota Statute 13D.05, Subd. 3 (b)(3) for parcel numbers: 19.0339.000 and 19.0338.000.

The Closed portion of the Regular meeting was closed at 6:12 p.m., and the Public portion was announced to be open in the lobby at 6:38 p.m.  The discussion will be tabled until next month’s meeting when Attorney Manion is able to be present.

  1. Miscellaneous:

    1. Member Resseman provided an overview of his discussion with Congressman Tim Walz and staff regarding the Small Town and Regional Vitality Investment Act.


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, September 4th, 2018 at 5:30 p.m.

ADJOURN: Member Smith moved to adjourn at 6:58 p.m. Motion seconded by Council Member Harvey.  Motion Carried all in favor. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Michele Peterson

City Administrator/Clerk


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