City of Lansing reminds residents that hydrants will be flushed in October; Childcare survey available to fill out

by Julie Berg-Raymond

Allamakee County residents who use, or are planning to use, childcare - specifically in Lansing and New Albin - are being asked to complete a survey aimed at investigating childcare needs in the county.

By request of Allamakee Economic Development Executive Director Val Reinke, notes containing a link to the online survey will be sent out with residential water bills this month, Lansing City Clerk Katie Becker announced Monday evening, October 4 during the regular meeting of the Lansing City Council.

The text of the note is as follows: “There has been a movement to investigate and hopefully improve childcare in our area, specifically in Lansing and New Albin. A vital part of this process involves researching the current needs and preferences of those who seek and utilize childcare. If you currently use or plan to use childcare in our county, please take the time to complete this survey, and share it with anyone you know who needs childcare.”

The survey can be accessed by typing the following information into a browser window on any device:

In other public announcements, People’s Service Representative Duane Estebo said residents should be aware the City will be flushing hydrants on the second and third Wednesdays of this month, October 13 and October 20.

In a unanimous vote, the council denied approval of a building permit for a 24-foot tall, two-story garage at 301 Center Street. It was concluded the structure would cause an obstruction of view for the property owner’s neighbors.

The Council also denied a resident’s request to pay part of the $431 cost of clearing out the resident’s tree root-clogged lateral sewer line. Referring to an item in the Lansing City Code (TITLE II, 3.11), council members unanimously agreed “the City is not responsible for this problem.”

The relevant Code item states: “All costs and expenses incident to the installation, connection and maintenance of the building sewer shall be the responsibility of the owner. The owner shall indemnify the City from any loss or damage that may directly or indirectly be occasioned by the installation of the building sewer.”

The next Lansing City Council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, October 18 at Lansing City Hall.