Lansing City Council sets Citywide Clean-Up for next Tuesday, April 9

by Macie Hill

The Lansing City Council held its regular meeting Monday, April 1. Discussion centered around the adoption of the consent agenda, raising pool pass rates, information regarding the Main Street Iowa visit, the Allamakee County E-911 Board letter of commitment, county hazard mitigation plan and annual review, and citywide clean-up information.

Summer pool passes will be raised to $25 per child and $75 per family pass, which is for families with three or more children.

Ten representatives from the Lansing community will be traveling to Elkader as part of the District exchange for Main Street Iowa. The volunteers will be traveling around the town observing the businesses, the entrance to the community, directional signage and the overall environment and then will take a survey relating to their experience. In return, ten representatives will also be traveling from Elkader to Lansing to do the same.

The Allamakee County E-911 Board letter of commitment consists of a new program that allows dispatchers to start the town siren from their location at the Allamakee County Public Safety Center near Waukon. If an officer spots a tornado or anything else that would permit the siren to go off, they will be able to call dispatch and they will be able to turn on the sirens immediately. The purpose of this would be to simply cut down the time it takes to turn on the sirens. The council has not made any final decisions about this as it was just introduced at this meeting. Further discussion regarding this topic will be held at a future meeting.

Allamakee County Emergency Management Coordinator Corey Snitker was also present at the meeting to update the council and community on hazard mitigation planning. His major concern was to find a place within the community that can be used as a shelter and has a back-up generator in case of a disaster involving power outage. Snitker will be back at a future meeting to go over more specifics of the plan.

Citywide Clean-Up will be taking place Tuesday, April 9. All items must be at curbside by 6 a.m. including furniture, porcelain items and small appliances. Large appliances such as stoves and refrigerators or all-metal objects will be accepted at the City Shop (699 Center Street) between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. No televisions, computers, monitors, microwaves, rubber items or barrels will be accepted. Batteries can be taken to Village Farm and Home any day during normal business hours. Special arrangements can be made for televisions, computers, monitors and microwaves. Call Town & Country Sanitation at 800-626-1915 for more information.

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