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August 12, 2018

Posted on August 12, 2017 at 11:39 AM by Jasper Kruggel

Greetings!

Well, Le Sueur survived another Giant Celebration.  It was a great event, and I had the privilege of participating in the parade on Sunday.  We continue to move along at the City, and believe it or not; we’re even starting some winter prep already!  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 (8/14/2017) – City Council will hold a regular meeting on August 14th, and we have a solid agenda lined up.  On consent, Chabalita’s Yummy Foods & Fruits has applied for a liquor license, we have a group looking to lease some space on a water tower to provide radio service to the school district buses, there is an agreement with the HRA to provide payroll services, a gambling exempt permit, and the contribution to our Small Cities Development Program.  This last consent item will help residents in the core area for this grant program be able to perform needed property maintenance and projects. 

The regular agenda consists of a presentation about the Tobacco 21 initiative, the first reading of a city code amendment on the Mayor’s duties, a first look at the 2018 budget, and a closed meeting to discuss a possible land sale with City Council.  The big item on the agenda is the 2018 budget discussion.  We are moving a long with some new concepts at the city including a capital improvement and capital equipment plan.  Take a look at the agenda packet and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Streets Division – The Streets Division continues to patch asphalt around town.  You will also see them out painting curbs and crosswalks around town.  Please be considerate of them while they are out on the road.

Community Development – Community Development Director Sam DiMaggio was on the radio this past week talking about the Downtown Master Plan and other initiatives she is working on in the city.  Take a listen

The second downtown master plan community meeting was held on August 10th at the Valley Green Square Mall.  I hope everyone interested in the project could attend.  If you have questions about the project, please reach out to the city.

Parks and Recreation – The Parks and Recreation group spent most of the week recuperating from the Giant Celebration, getting back into everyday operations.  Here are some stats about the weekend:

  • Giant 5K Run and Youth ½ Mile (712 participants)
  • Treasure Dive, Movie in the Park (1,100 participants)
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Idea Generation – Part of the process of being a City Administrator is listening to people, a lot of people.  This includes not only staff but the citizens of Le Sueur.  If you have ideas about amenities that you think will make Le Sueur a better place to live, please let me know.  Here are a few of the ideas that have come from staff and the public:

  • Dog Park
  • Camping Options at Mayo and River Park
  • Splash Pad
  • Forest Trails at River Park

If you have any input about these items, or something new, I want to hear about it.  As you can imagine, the budget process is quite long, and for things to get done promptly, we need to start talking about the future of Le Sueur right now. 

Closing Thoughts

I wanted to mention that Le Sueur Market Fest had its final night of festivities on August 10th.  I wanted to thank that group that took the time to set up the programming and gets people involved.  They did a great job, and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018.

My weekend is full of one and three-year-old birthday parties, which is great, but I’ll be traveling all over.  I hope everyone can get out and enjoy this great weather we are experiencing.  I hope to see you around town or visiting City Hall.

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