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July 28, 2017

Posted on July 28, 2017 at 3:12 PM by Jasper Kruggel

Greetings!

What a great week!  It seems as if the City is firing on all cylinders and we’re getting a lot accomplished, both operationally and at the policy level.  If you have any questions or comments about this blog, my email is jkruggel@cityoflesueur.com, and my phone number is 507-593-8312.

7/24/2017 City Council Meeting Recap

City Council had a very robust and diverse agenda on Monday, tackling standard permits, grant agreements, and a conditional use permit.  The conditional use permit will allow for a brand-new building to be constructed on the northern end of our downtown corridor!  This is very exciting for the City as it’s a new use and a new building in our downtown.

There was also a presentation on the Downtown Master Plan by HKGi.  That presentation can be found here.  

The City Charter was amended to follow state statute based on the type of government we have established in Le Sueur, and a subsequent code update was also approved which will have its first and second readings in August. 

The second quarter financial report was presented by Zach Doud, the Finance Director from AEM Financial Services.  Zach did a great job and provided a very clear summary of City finances through June 30th.

The Comprehensive Plan Action Team provided a support document and solicited discussion from City Council regarding priorities as this pertains to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan.  Council Member Dave Johnson is the unofficial/official champion of the Comp Plan and deserves recognition for all the hard work he has put in to keep it on top of everyone’s minds. 

Streets Division – Crack sealing occurred this past week in the Turril Street/Kenna Drive area.  Crack sealing is a maintenance item that Le Sueur hasn’t typically done in the past.  Crack sealing minimizes water penetration below the road surface, which helps control potholes.  Next year this area will be seal coated, and you won’t even notice the tar strips where the cracks used to be.  Fun fact; toilet paper was previously used to reduce tracking potential where cracks were filled; now contractors use a soapy solution that works just as well but doesn’t have toilet paper all over our roads!

Community Development – Community Development Director Sam DiMaggio has been actively trying to meet with business leaders in the community.  If you haven’t and would like to meet this great addition to the Le Sueur team, please feel free to reach out to her via email at sdimaggio@cityoflesueur.com or via phone at 507-593-8318.

Parks and Recreation - We have over 550 registered participants between the Giant 5K and the Youth ½ mile Sprout Route with another week of registrations to go. That’s currently over 200 registrations more than the Parks and Recreation Department have ever had in previous years. Big thanks go out to the businesses that participated in the business challenge this year.

City Clerk/Communications – The Giant Celebration is fast approaching!  A full list of events can be found on the Le Sueur Chamber website and Facebook page.  Keep an eye out for the Le Sueur City Council and me in the parade on Sunday!

giant celebration

The Le Sueur Building Official will be conducting the second round of rental property inspections starting in August.  This is a three-year process as part of our Residential Rental Licensing Program.  Letters will go out to property owners next week.

Capital Improvements – As part of the 2018 budgeting process, I have a personal goal of establishing a capital planning document to be adopted by City Council that outlays all the activities that the City plans on taking on over the next five years.  As you can imagine, going from a bunch of standalone planning documents to one comprehensive document has its challenges, but overall, this will help the City conduct more thoughtful planning.

The capital planning documents can be broken up into two generalized categories, infrastructure, and equipment.  Infrastructure consists of things like water pipes in the ground, water towers, a new playground, pool maintenance, or anything that has a physical presence.  Equipment consists of just that, equipment that the City needs to provide the essential services the citizens have grown to expect.  These include things like vehicles, front-end loaders, and lawn mowers.  This area is one to pay attention to as there has been a lot of discussion about the number of vehicles and equipment the City owns.  City Council will have the opportunity to evaluate a fully comprehensive list of all the equipment the City owns, evaluating its age, condition, and use.  This will be very helpful in telling the story about how the City provides these services to the public. 

Like everything, capital planning needs to be dynamic.  Things pop up and break down, so this list is by no means a finite roadmap for the next five years.  In general, this document will show what is going to happen in 2018, what will likely happen in 2019, and throw out some ideas of what staff thinks needs to happen in 2020 – 2022.  Having a document like this will help the community and City Council link future projects to the defined City Council goals established annually. 

My goal is to make sure the City is properly planning for the future and fully utilizing the funding we receive from the citizens and other sources in the most efficient manner. 

Closing Thoughts

Well, I’m looking forward to a beautiful weekend; I have the “Kruggel Family Reunion” on Saturday afternoon in Winthrop, so I’m excited to show off my two kids to some of my relatives that we don’t see very often. 

Have a safe weekend and enjoy this great weather while you can!  ??

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