Lonsdale City Council hears development updates

By Wade Young

Montgomery Messenger

The Lonsdale City Council heard an update on several development issues, the Safe and Sober Seatbelt Campaign and community gym use at a council meeting, May 12, 2005.

Among the development areas the council discussed were Eagle Creek Villas, Willow Creek Heights #3 Addition, Eagle Creek Subdivision, and yard drainage problems in the Harvest Pond area.

The council approved the letter of agreement for the 2005 Safe and Sober campaign that starts May 23, 2005. In the agreement, the Lonsdale Police Department, along with departments in Rice County and throughout the state, will participate in a campaign enforcing seat belt usage.

On May 26, one officer from each department in Rice County will meet in Faribault and team up with another officer to enforce seat belt usage in another jurisdiction in Rice County.

In a letter to the council, Interim Chief, Jason Schmitz said, “it is a great way for officers in other jurisdictions to meet individuals from other communities. It also shows that officers do care about the safety of others and the importance of wearing a seat belt no matter what jurisdiction the officer is from.”

In other business

In other business, Lonsdale Chamber of Commerce President Barb Cole updated the council on the chamber’s recent activities.

The council approved the purchase of a new desktop computer, laptop computer and projector for the city offices. The total amount for the three is $3,900 and will be paid from the water, sewer and development funds.

In department reports, Mayor Tim Rud said he and councilperson Evelyn Duban meet with representative from the Catholic Crusader Center about subletting the gymnasium for city uses once it is freed when the school moves to its new location near Webster.

He also spoke about subleasing the civic center for community gym and kitchen use in the Immaculate Conception Church. Rud said the annual cost to the city could be $33,600 plus utilities, a price arrived at by the archdiocese.

Councilmember Dave Dols said the Montgomery-Lonsdale School is building a facility with a full kitchen and wondered if people would be more apt to go there instead. He said

if the city leases the church, they would be locked in the lease plan.

Councilmember Fritz Duban said that amount is not in the city’s budget.

Kevin Kodada said he would like to see the school built first, then see how much its gymnasium and full kitchen would be used, before entering a lease agreement with Immaculate Conception.

Mayor Rud agreed the city needs to do more research on the subject.

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