Lonsdale councils OKs day care facility

Lori Nickel, Montgomery Messenger

A licensed day care facility allowing for 12 or more children was approved for business within the unused portion of the U.S. Office Furniture building in Lonsdale's Industrial Park.

At the regular meeting of the Lonsdale City Council on Thursday, Sept. 27 at City Hall, City Administrator Joel Erickson reported that a public hearing was held at a planning and zoning meeting about the facility and there were no public comments or written letters in opposition. He said the day care will be regulated by the state, and that the State Fire Marshall has to regularly inspect the building for compliance with applicable codes.

Erickson said staff researched other communities that allow day care facilities in business and industrial districts and found the cities of Farmington, Lakeville, Burnsville and Chanhassen allow it. He said the facility would be convenient for those working in or near the industrial park.

Police Department update

Police Chief Jason Schmitz introduced new full time police officer David Orr to the council. Orr was approved for hire in July, with conditions that he successfully complete the background investigation, physical and psychological exams. Schmitz said Orr achieved all the requirements and came highly recommended, with strong family values and a good work ethic. He said Orr will make a great addition to the department.

In other police business, Schmitz requested that the council allow the police department to discontinue services through the South Central Drug Investigation Unit and operate with Rice County instead.

Anything drug related

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