Jan 17, 2019
Lake City City Councilmember Mary Lou Waltman submitted a letter of resignation to Mayor Mark Nichols and City Administrator Rob Keehn on Friday, Jan. 11.
Waltman, who had two years left in her current term, wrote that she was stepping down because of her health.
The resignation doesn’t become...
Jan 3, 2019
Single-digit temperatures didn't keep these people indoors on New Year's Day. Dozens of skaters spent the last day of Lake City schools' Christmas break enjoying the outdoors at Underwook Park skating rink. The warming house at the rink is open Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and...
Jan 2, 2019
At its final meeting of the year, the Lake City City Council looked over its work plan for the year and discussed a process for developing a 2019 work plan when the new council convenes in January.
In 2018, the council had a work plan and insisted that city boards and commissions create one as...
Dec 27, 2018
At its Dec. 10 meeting, the Lake City City Council heard an update on sidewalk planning work undertaken by the city’s planning commission.
Sidewalk planning was on the commission’s 2018 work plan. Although no recommendations were before the council at the meeting, Planning and Community...
Dec 13, 2018
The Lake City City Council unanimously approved a 3.58 percent levy increase.
The vote was 6-0. Council Member Greg Schreck was absent.
In a Truth In Taxation presentation before the vote, Amy Hove said rising property valuations mean the tax rate in Lake City is actually decreasing to its lowest...
Dec 13, 2018
More restrictive rules for dogs and their people could be on the way for Lake City.
On Monday, Dec. 10, the city council waived a first reading of an ordinance that would require dogs within the city limits to be leashed when off the premises of its owner.
Current city ordinance allows dogs to be...
Nov 29, 2018
In a special meeting Nov. 26, the Lake City City Council reached consensus that the city’s 26-year-old ladder truck should be replaced ahead of the 2022 date set out in the city’s current capital budget. The question now is how to pay for it.
The city purchased the 75-foot ladder truck used in...
Nov 29, 2018
Electricity is likely to be a little bit cheaper in Lake City in 2019.
Wholesale rates from Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA), where Lake City Public Utilities purchases power to serve the city, are decreasing by 4 percent.
As a result, the city’s utility board recommended a 2...
Nov 21, 2018
On Nov. 13, the Lake City City Council approved an update to the city’s comprehensive plan.
The 43-page document is the first comprehensive plan update since 2012 and represents years of off-and-on work by the city planning commission.
Comprehensive plans are required for metro area cities, but...
Nov 14, 2018
To the editor:
Leaving the Oct. 25 candidates’ forum, I had a conversation with a stranger, a woman I met in the foyer as I exited city hall.
I don’t recall how the topic began, but it ended in our sharing aspects of Lake City we admired: well-kept homes and yards, the restored city hall, parks,...