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August 25, 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 3:44 PM by Jasper Kruggel

Greetings!

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but I took a hiatus last week.  I don’t want to bore you with the mundane, so I’m going to try to keep your attention.  As always, if you have any questions or comments about this blog, my email is jkruggel@cityoflesueur.com, and my phone number is 507-593-8312.

Upcoming City Council Meeting (8/282017) – The City Council meeting on August 28th will look at and take action on a variety of items.  But first, the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities representative will give a presentation from their annual meeting.  The CGMC provides guidance and legislative support to Le Sueur and many other small cities. 

The consent agenda consists of the minutes from August 14th, approval of disbursements, an airport operations, and maintenance grant agreement, and personnel actions consisting of the hiring of two volunteer on call firefighters that replaced two retirees, and some part-time help at the Community Center to help in the office during later and weekend hours.

The regular agenda consists of the second reading of a City Code change related to a modification made to the City Charter.  The City Council will also be setting a date for the public hearing required before we certify delinquent utility bills.  This public hearing is the time where residents can come and dispute their utility bills to City Council.  Letters for delinquent utility bills were sent out this week.  Next is the option to waive the City’s tort liability limits.  This is an annual obligation to determine if we will waive the statutory tort limits for municipalities or if we will not waive.  If the City waives the tort liability limits, it opens itself up to potential costs associated with insurance claims.  Staff is recommending not to waive the tort liability limits.  Lastly, City Council will have another opportunity to discuss the preliminary 2018 budget.  At the September 11th meeting, City Council will take action on a preliminary budget document that is required to be sent to the County for projected property tax reasons.  One item of note is that City Council will be adopting a preliminary levy; this number is a conservative estimate of the levy impact and cannot exceed this amount when the final levy is adopted in December.  City Council also is review draft versions of the Capital Improvement Plan and the Capital Equipment Plan.  These items are used as planning and budgeting tools for the City to be better prepared for future projects and equipment needs into the future.

Take a look at the agenda packet and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Community Development – We have another downtown survey out for the public to let us know about some very specific items related to the Downtown Master Plan Project.  Please take some time and let us know your thoughts about Le Sueur’s downtown. 

Parks and Recreation – The Parks and Recreation Department hosted the Silver Sneakers Potluck Cook-Out.  Approximately 40 people were in attendance.  The outdoor pool also shut down for the summer on August 20th.  Thanks for the great year of outdoor swimming!

Communications – We hit 900 likes on Facebook this week!  That’s pretty exciting as we use this social media platform as one of our more effective ways to communicate with the public.  Please like and share our page so we can get information out to more people more effectively. 

Also, preparing for the upcoming ice season, the Parks and Recreation Department will be filling a seasonal, part-time maintenance position.  If you’re interested in joining the team, please apply!

Second Street Reconstruction Project – Work continues on the north two blocks of the Second Street Reconstruction Project.  Removals may start soon on Phase 2 (south three blocks).  Staff is working with residents to identify any lead services that need replacement.  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the project manager Owen Todd or the project inspector Steve DenHerder

Closing Thoughts - As the summer starts winding down and the leaves start falling from the trees, please remember that we have a compost site that is open to the public to take care of these items.  Also, there will be another residential city-wideclean-up day on Saturday, September 16th from 7:00 AM to Noon.  Please check out the flyer for more information.  There will also be an open house held at the MRVPUC Wastewater Treatment Plant on September 21st from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.  Please keep an eye out for the information flyer on our website.  There will be food, beverages, and tours for the public.  Another event happening on September 21st is the final open house associated with the Downtown Master Plan Project.  More information on this meeting will be posted on the website as we develop an agenda.

I live on a street named Idaho Place, and some of my neighbors organized this event called “Potato Fest” which occurs tomorrow.  Everyone that lives on Idaho Place will bring a potato themed food dish to share.  Pretty interesting as I’ll likely have my fill of potatoes for about a month.  Other than that I will be mowing my lawn and hanging out with the family.

I hope the rain holds off long enough for everyone to have a great weekend!

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