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Lonsdale council discusses goals for 2013
The construction of a business park at the eastern entrance to the city of Lonsdale is the main goal of the Lonsdale City Council for the new year. At the special organizational meeting held Thursday, Jan. 3, Mayor Tim Rud issued his State of the City report which included highlights from 2012 and goals for 2013.
"The construction of a business park will increase the city's tax base and provide jobs to local residents," he stated.
Rud explained that being selected to receive a state DEED grant in the amount of $1.5 million for the construction of a business park was a big win in 2012. He said the city is in the process of selecting an engineering firm to begin the process.
Another positive in 2012 was the continued growth and improved economy in Lonsdale. He said Lonsdale issued 10 new single-family home permits last year, totaling $4,639,148. An increase in the total number of permits (413) for home improvements were issued last year, with re-roofs (265), re-siding (43) and decks (22) being the top three. He said he expects the growth to continue this year as they anticipate issuing 15 to 20 new single-family home permits.
Also slated for this year is an active officer reserve program for the Lonsdale Police Department. Reserves would assist police with checking parks and businesses, help prevent or arrest those who commit property crimes, and help with special events.
There are big plans for the city-owned Lonsdale Liquor this year as well, with a portion of the revenue allocated towards parks.
"It is anticipated that the store will contribute $20,000 to the park system in early 2013 and continue to do so on an annual basis," Rud reported.
Growth of the parks and trail system are also planned for this year. A playground structure will be installed at Kalina Park this spring, which will include several swings, a slide, a play web climber and a zip line. At Sticha Park, improvements include the construction of a shelter and the installation of playground equipment.
Rud acknowledged city staff, city employees and the advisory boards, thanking them for their dedication to Lonsdale. He added that the biggest asset in the town are the local service organizations for providing time, money and effort towards community events, funding facility improvements, park improvements, youth programs and providing for the overall betterment of the community.