A few years back a group developed a program in helping promote LeRoy businesses, but to also show area residents the importance of shopping local.
They developed a little slogan called . . . “Think LeRoy First!”
The idea is, as a resident, to always think of ways you can help LeRoy. Whether it be shopping locally, volunteering, going to support your LeRoy-Ostrander teams, whatever!
When it comes to shopping, how many of us think of our local businesses before purchasing an item in another town. When you pick up that item, do you ask yourself, “Can I get this in LeRoy, or not?” Or do you look at the item, go ahead and put it in your cart, and just shrug off LeRoy? Most of us likely do the “easy” thing and just go ahead and make the purchase.
But lets really think about that purchase! When you shop in Rochester, does any of that money come to LeRoy? Does it even go back into our county? Does it help any of our neighbors or our local businesses?
Nope, very, very little comes back here to our little town!
Now, if you made that purchase in LeRoy, the story would be different.
Let’s say you buy $100 of groceries at Main Street Market Place. That $100 not only goes to support the business, but it also goes toward his employees in salary, goes toward donations for the many organizations in town, and it goes to support other businesses in town through advertising, through the employees (and owners) buying items in other stores and even to our city as he pays property taxes, purchases water, pays for his sewage and such.
For each business in town it also keeps our residential property taxes lower. The more businesses in our city, the cheaper our water/sewage rates are as well.
Let’s say we didn’t have 20 of our current businesses in town . . .
• Where would we go to get groceries, hardware, lumber, flowers, gas, liquor, do our banking, and such? The closest would be 14 miles away, which may not seem very far, but is when it’s snowy, icy or at six o’clock at night when you don’t want to go for a half-hour drive.
How about going out to eat or bowling or for supplies? To eat out on a Friday or Saturday night you would need to drive 30 miles or so. We’re very fortunate to have what we have here in LeRoy!
• Our property taxes would have to increase a minimum of 10-percent and possibly up to 20-percent. Businesses pay a large part of property taxes in this community and without them––to get the same city services––you would need to pay more! Businesses also pay a much higher rate than residential.
• Who would support the many organizations in town? With 20 less businesses that would be 20 less donations presented to those groups. Would those organizations continue to be around for very long? Probably not! Would we have a Rod & Gun Club, a Swimming Pool, a 4-H, a Lions Club, or really would we even have a school? We might, but it would be very difficult.
• Without 20 businesses, would we have as many residents in town? When you have to drive 14 miles (or more) for groceries, gas or for your banking, families start looking to live elsewhere. They really don’t want to spend that extra $5 or $6 in gas to drive just because you have to!
Also, without those 20 businesses another 20 (likely more) families would probably not be here. Many businesses owners not only work in LeRoy, but they own homes as well. Also, their employees tend to live here as well.
All in all, you need to really start to “Think LeRoy First” when you shop, when you fill your next tank of gas, when you eat at a restaurant and more! If you want to keep LeRoy strong you need to think LeRoy strong! So please shop locally whenever possible . . . it is that important! Onward, upward!
By Eileen Evans
The variety of vendors at Chester's Fall Festival Saturday was amazing and the crowds of shoppers who come to do some early Christmas shopping is as amazing, with many enjoying the soup luncheon which is part of the fall fund raiser for the local groups which sponsor the event: Chester's Partners in Progress and Chester's Community Center Board. Also, the youngsters are kept busy during the morning hours decorating pumpkins to take home. The Chester Community Center is a busy place during the Fall Festival.
Going around the rows of vendors at the annual show, a person finds quite a variety of homemade products for sale at the various booths which have filled the huge center. One of the busiest vendors was the booth selling candy bouquets put together by Susie Balk of Cresco. The ideas she offers includes a bouquet for just about everything needing a bouquet, including Packer fans, anniversaries, birthdays, or any occasion or event. Her booth of ready to give bouquets overflowing with candy items is a draw and most customers leave carrying a candy bouquet. She also makes and sells cookie bouquets, special order; and cupcakes. Earlier in her vendor career she said she made cookie bouquets to sell for each show, but changed to the candy bouquets as an easier product to have ready.
Another booth, having honey for sale, was offered by John and Robin Bauer of rural Riceville, who raise their own honey crop on a farm south of LeRoy. They had three varieties for sale; Buckwheat honey in several different sized bottles, chunks of honeycomb, and plain honey in small and large jars. They sell their products under the name of Pure Honey from Pinicon Alder Honey Farm. They have a neat display of their honey jars.
Then there was Roberta Heckerson of Spring Valley who was selling pairs of salt and pepper shaker which her father, Harold Remley of Dodge Center had collected over the years and literally filled his house with shelves of the shakers, all of different design. And these shakers are interesting to see because none of the 450 pairs are alike, and the vegetable box is filled with veggie paris, the small animal box,with small animals. And on it goes. She said she and her sister counted up to and over the 450 sets and were still finding sets of shakers. "Our dad is a collector," Roberta explained.
There were vendors selling homemade baked items, handmade jewelry, doll clothes of every size and color, as well as vendors selling brand items such as the Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Avon and other products. It was sale day at Chester and many shoppers were taking advantage of it.
Amanda Keller and Pam Wendell organized the event . xwith the two tending the four roasters of soup offered for the lunch. There was a roaster of homemade chicken noodle soup, Chili, cheesy potato and chicken dumpling to choose from along with ham sandwiches and desserts of all kinds, especially pies of all kinds, along with a drink. The food was well done, mainly the homemade soups.
On top of it all, the weather was perfect for a day of shopping, and Chester had hit the right day!
The LeRoy-Ostrander FFA will once again be holding its annual Corn Drive for Courage Camps and other organizations in our area.
The date of the Corn Drive will be Friday, October 24th. L-O FFA Chairs of this event Ryan Kasel and Jacob Souhrada. L-O FFA Advisor, Mrs. Tiffany Timm says that since the announcement of the project FFA members have been getting really excited about participating and helping with this very important project.
For over 50 years now, FFA Corn Drives have helped to sponsor children and adults with physical disabilities that attend one of two Camp Courage residential camps in central and northern MN.
A large portion of the LeRoy-Ostrander Corn Drive profits are used to support camp needs including: camper sponsorship, buildings and equipment.
A portion of the money raised by the FFA Corn Drive is also donated to local area organizations in the LeRoy and Ostrander area.
Due to the variety of weather we have had this harvest season this year the Corn Drive is happening a little later than it usually does. However, that is fine as the FFA needs to be out conducting the drive when producers are in the fields!!!
Mrs. Timm is pleased to report that there will be 6-7 teams of FFA members participating in the project.
Senior FFA members and FFA officers will be helping with the gathering and transporting of the corn from approximately 9:30am to 4-5pm or so.
So please when you see the truck and gravity box pull into your yard or field with FFA Corn Drive written on the side please give to help others – thanks.
To assure you are on one of the many pick up routes you can call the L-O FFA at 324-5741 ext. 2250 or email Mrs. Timm at email@example.com
The FFA members will be covering the same routes as they have in the past.
In addition, anyone wishing to make a cash donation can make checks payable to L-O FFA and send it to the LeRoy-Ostrander FFA at 406 W. Main, LeRoy, MN 55951.
The LeRoy-Ostrander FFA for the 6th year in a row is again very proud to be participating in the Student Food Drive. The Student Food Drive is an effort conducted by high schools in the Channel One service area to collect and donate food to the Channel One Food Bank and its member agencies. Last year, a grand total of 16 schools took part in the food drive and brought in a total of 32,326 pounds of food and nearly $4,000. That amount then converted to enough food for over 80,000 meals. The amount of food brought in by L-O Schools was 1,957 pounds!!
Aside from the high school, donations may be dropped off at the First State Bank, First National Bank, and the LeRoy and Ostrander Post Offices. In addition, Ms. Rhonda Barnes and the LeRoy Public library are partnering with the food drive event doing “food for fines” to remove library book fines. **See her for more details.
Unfortunately we cannot take certain items during our food drive. Items we cannot accept AT ANY LOCATION include glass containers, homemade canned items, and any perishable foods.
For the dates of Oct. 21-30, there will be The Class Competition at school. Specified boxes placed in each classroom, so students can bring food to their respective classes. There will be a contest among the grades to see which class can bring in the most food by poundage. At the end of the 1.5 weeks, the class with the most weight in goods will receive prizes. There will be separate contests between the junior high/high school (Grades 6-12) and elementary (Kindergarten-5th).
Once again this year, on Friday night, October 31st is the traditional Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat (for non-perishable food items). From 5-7pm FFA members will be going door to door in LeRoy to collect can goods.
Then during the week of Nov. 3-6 (final week of the 1st quarter – only a 4-day week) there will be specified collection days for specific items that the LeRoy Food Shelf is in need of:
- Monday, Nov. 3rd = Oodles of Noodles Day (macaroni & cheese, boxed noodles/dinners, egg noodles, spaghetti sauces, cheese sauces, canned mushrooms & tomatoes, spices, vegetable oil, grated Parmesan cheese)
- Tuesday, Nov. 4th = Soup/Dish for Hotdish (canned/condensed soups, creamed soups, pork & beans, rice, rice sides, stuffing mix and instant potatoes)
- Wednesday, Nov. 5th = Toiletries/Fall Cleaning (toilet paper, paper towels, Kleenex, toothpaste, shampoo, baking soda, Lysol, disinfecting wipes, laundry detergent, dish & hand soaps, sponges, bleach)
- Thursday, Nov. 6th = Veggie & Fruit Mania (canned beets, corn, peas, green beans, white & sweet potatoes, mushrooms, mixed vegetables, tomatoes, bean sprouts, olives, canned peaches, pears, pineapples, mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail, applesauce, jello, canned juices)
Finally, during the final week of the food drive November 11-14) we will be doing the “Dessert for Downing Hunger” contest. This contest will involve there being several boxes in the commons labeled with male and female faculty and student names as well as some community celebs!!!! At the end of the week, the faculty/student/community celebrity with the most food in their boxes by weight will take part in a very interesting event for all.
The Student Food Drive then comes to a close on Saturday, November 15th and what a more fitting way to end the drive, but with a 5K Run/Walk. The “Fall Frolic for Food 5K” will take place at 9:30am that morning – utilizing the Shooting Star Bike Trail = more details in next week’s paper!!! Funds raised from this event will be used to purchase more needed food for the LeRoy Food Shelf. ***Please support the FFA in a worthy cause, and remember that hunger has no season.
Below is the itemized list of what the LeRoy Food Shelf is in need of:
LEROY AREA FOOD SHELF NEEDS
FRUITS & VEGETABLES
PASTAS & SAUCES
A recent study estimates that the financial loss by victims of elder financial crimes and exploitation is more than $2.9 billion a year with approximately 2 million seniors being exploited. Awareness of elder financial abuse is growing and staff of First State Bank Minnesota are often relied upon as the front line of defense in the protection of our customers, and as a provider of prevention education and information for our elderly customers and their adult children.
As a trusted partner of First State Bank Minnesota and provider of elder abuse prevention programs in our nation’s senior care facilities, people rely on the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation, who delivers the nationally-acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers program, as a resource for information on a wide range of issues both inside and outside of a traditional long-term care setting. Their knowledge of the older American population and their challenges led them to produce the “Preventing Elder Financial Abuse Video”.
“Elder financial abuse is a rapidly growing problem in our country, and the Foundation is pleased to provide this educational resource to the banking industry to teach our nation’s seniors and their family members how to protect themselves against financial exploitation, says Peter Gwaltney, Chairman, President & CEO of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation. ”
Steve Hadoff, President of First State Bank Minnesota, says “ As a partner in this community and a partner in protecting our elderly, we are proud to stand together and keep our residents safe from the threat of neglect, abuse and now financial exploitation.”
The “Preventing Elderly Financial Abuse Video” is used to educate family, friends, those in social organizations and the community at large on how to look for signs of elder financial abuse and how to prevent it. The video information was extracted from the FDIC/CFPB Money Smart for Older Adults so it is reliable, accurate and timely. There is no need for taking extensive notes during the presentation because all of the important “take-away” information is contained in handouts received during the presentation. As an additional resource, First State Bank Minnesota has invited a representative from the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office to attend the event to help provide information and answer specific questions during the question and answer part of the presentation.
Crime against the elderly in our society is a longstanding, constant battle that can be reduced and prevented through the operation of the Senior Crimestoppers program in nursing homes, HUD communities and Veterans homes. Senior Crimestoppers is a coordinated set of components that work together to create a zero tolerance to crime platform in senior housing facilities. Components include personal lockboxes for the residents, cash rewards up to $1,000 paid anonymously for information about wrongdoing of any kind, and effective, on-going education and training for staff members and residents. Senior Crimestoppers has reduced all aspects of crime in participating facilities by 94%.
“Senior Crimestoppers is a way for an administrator to further enhance the lives of the residents they serve. They all work very hard to provide safe, secure, comfortable living environments and their desire to implement the program is just one more example of this. Implementing this program does not mean that the facility currently has a crime problem, but that the administrator is proactively finding a way to keep problems from occurring in the future,” said Terry Rooker, President of Senior Crimestoppers.
The mission of the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation is to provide safe and secure living environments for our nation’s senior housing residents, many of whom are low and moderate income individuals, through the operation of the nationally-acclaimed Senior Crimestoppers program.
Join First State Bank Minnesota for the video presentation scheduled for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 10:00 AM, located at SPRING VALLEY ESTATES, 800 MEMORIAL DRIVE, SPRING VALLEY, MN. Members of the media and public are encouraged to attend.
Established in 1893, First State Bank Minnesota is a full-service community bank offering personalized service, commitment to the community, and sound management. They offer a variety of products and services such as: competitive rates, innovative banking services, retail, commercial and mortgage lending, as well as acquisition, development and construction financing. ATM, traditional safe deposit boxes, and drive-in banking are also provided. But they don’t stop with products. Delivering excellent customer service is at the top of their list as they want to give every customer an extraordinary customer service experience every time they come in the bank. They believe that just doing what’s expected is not enough. The management team, lending staff, and customer associates are all seasoned bankers with an abundant appreciation for their customers.
For more information about Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation visit www.SHCPFoundation.org or call 1-877-232-0859. For more information about the Senior Crimestoppers program visit www.SeniorCrimestoppers.org or call 1-800-529-9096.
Fourteen businesses participated in the fall business decorating contest. Judging was based on how the decorations tied in with the type of business. An independent panel of judges took the task of judging the decorations.
1st place-LeRoy Auto Clinic
2nd Place-First State Bank Minnesota
3rd Place-Travel Lanes & Supper Club
Honorable Mention-Sweet’s Hotel & Main Street Market Place
Other Participating Businesses: Evans Printing & Publishing, Mayo Health Systems-LeRoy, LeRoy Center for the Creative Arts, U.S. Post Office, Koppen Hardware, Heavenly Designs by Trish, LWMJ Professional Tax Services, Creating Wellness Chiropractic, and First National Bank.
First place will receive $100 in LeRoy Bucks; second place will receive $75 in LeRoy Bucks; and third place will receive $50 in LeRoy Bucks.
The other participating businesses will receive $25 off their 2015 LeRoy Commercial Club dues.
By Eileen Evans
Sunday afternoon's audience enjoyed the three "Old-Time Radio Theater" shows put on by members of the LeRoy Community Theater group, that day, and the evening before at the Community Center. Duffy's Tavern show was a new feature this year, the radio show having been done on Dec. 29, 1950, with jokes that matched those endearing years. This segment of the show, "Archie Cuts Prices by 10 %", had Chris Williams, Jerry Barber, Jan Soltau, and Barry Reburn as members of the cast with Ben Reburn and John Barber as sound/director persons.
The other two shows involved many of the same readers, the Captain Midnight show, "The Perada Treasure" episode of Oct. 25, 1939 and The Guiding Light, Episode #768 of June 5, 1950, having Barry Reburn as announcer, and the shows read by Jerry Barber, Ben Reburn, John Barber, Jan Soltau, Gaye Stockdale, Gladys Kasel, and Chris Williams.
Ben Reburn had introduced the show, telling about "The Golden Age of Radio" when we had to use our imaginations along with the words read to us over the radio, which was considered a wondrous thing at the time.
Before and after intermission, two musical renditions were presented, first by Gaye Stockdale, who sang "Mairzy Doats" a popular tune of its time, and then Chris Williams sang an old tune, "The Very Thought of You." Alice Kempe provided the accompaniment on the piano.
Hot cider and dessert bars were offered during the intermission time. Behind the scenes, theater members helping included Rhonda Barnes, Judy Orum, Linda Sanders, Lorine Raddatz, Carol Richardson, Kathy Farlinger, Donna Bhend and Deb Reburn.
Members of the LCT Board are Barry Reburn, Alice Kempe, Gaye Stockdale, Gladys Kasel, Chris Williams, Craig Bucknell, Tom Soltau and Axel Gumbel.
The Community Theater Dinner show is planned for Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, the weekend before Palm Sunday. Mark your calendars now for a great show and meal.
After their frustrating loss at home to Lanesboro the week before, the LeRoy-Ostrander football team hoped to bounce back on the road and pull off the upset on fifth-ranked Randolph (6-1 overall) on Friday, October 10. The struggles continued for the Cardinals as the Rockets controlled things from the opening kickoff in the matchup. LeRoy-Ostrander would fall behind big early on and ended up on the wrong end of a 69-12 final.
Randolph was coming off their lone loss of the season going into Friday night’s battle and was hungry to get back on track. But LeRoy-Ostrander head coach Aaron Hungerholt saw some things in the film from the week before that he hoped to use against the Rockets.
The Cardinals went into the game with a gameplan to stop the Randolph passing game and Coach Hungerholt said his team did very well against it. The Rockets came out with a heavy dose of running in this game and LeRoy-Ostrander had a hard time making the stop on the ball carrier.
“We did not tackle well on defense”, the coach said. “We messed up some of our assignments during the game. All nine guys have got to do a better job of coming out focused and staying on assignment”.
That rough defensive display allowed the Rockets to take a 28-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. LeRoy-Ostrander scored in the second quarter thanks to quarterback Jace Bunne, but by the time halftime came around the Cardinals would trail by a 49-6 margin.
Things did not get much better in the second half for Big Red as the Rockets put up another 20 points. Bunne scored his second touchdown of the contest in the third quarter and that would be it in the Cardinals’ 69-12 loss on the road.
“We just did not execute on either side of the ball”, Coach Hungerholt said following the loss on Friday. “Our blocking struggled and the receivers had trouble getting separation and catching the ball. We also couldn’t handle their front at the line of scrimmage. We just couldn’t catch a break”.
The loss drops LeRoy-Ostrander’s record to 1-6 on the season, but thankfully it did not count in the section standings. “Randolph came out focused and looking to get that win”, Coach Hungerholt said. “They are a good team”.
Jace Bunne was once again the standout player for the Cardinals on both ends of the ball. The senior quarterback has been amazing all season long and that continued against Randolph as he accounted for 383 of the team’s 412 total yards on offense. Bunne completed 14-35 passes for 186 yards and one touchdown and carried the ball 24 times for 197 yards and a score. On defense, he led with 12 total tackles (five solos).
Matt Helgeson made 11 tackles in the contest for LeRoy-Ostrander with four solos and one sack. Craig Wheeler and Jacob Souhrada each ended the game with one sack a piece as well.
Wheeler was the team’s leading receiver with 75 yards on two catches and Sean Lohuis caught four passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Sam Roe had a team-high six catches for 40 yards.
LeRoy-Ostrander will have a huge game in their regular season finale at home on Wednesday, Oct. 15 against Lyle-Pacelli (1-6 overall). “We have to beat Lyle”, Coach Hungerholt commented. “It’s going to be the difference of either playing Spring Grove in the first round of the playoffs or facing the winner of the Lanesboro and Mabel-Canton game”.
The winner of the contest between the Cardinals and Athletics will likely earn the sixth seed in the Section 1 Nine-Man playoffs and will, in all likelihood, take on the the third seed. Mabel-Canton and Lanesboro are both 4-3 on the season and the winner is almost certain to get the third spot in the playoffs.
It has been a goal this season for Coach Hungerholt and his team to avoid playing those top two teams in the first round of the playoffs and hopefully picking up a win in the tournament. LeRoy-Ostrander could accomplish the first part of that goal with a win on Wednesday, but the coach said that there is a lot of work to do on the short week.
“First, we have to fix the little things and get on track offensively”, Coach Hungerholt said. “We have to prepare for both the run and the pass. They have some good athletes, so we have to control things at the line of scrimmage on both sides”.
It will be a big game for the Cardinals in the section seedings and they will look to gain some big momentum going into the playoffs in their final game of the season at home. The first round of the Section 1 Nine-Man playoffs will start on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Good luck to LeRoy-Ostrander in their playoff journey!
Nick Kasel, an 8th grade FFA member at LeRoy-Ostrander Schools was recently selected L-O FFA member of the month. Kasel is the September 2014 FFA member of the month. This honor is selected each month by the L-O FFA officer team. It is an honor presented to FFA members who are involved and actively work for the betterment of the L-O FFA Chapter.
Nick is the son of David and Gladys Kasel of LeRoy. Nick has three older siblings = Dustin-36, Adam-28 and Emily-15.
This is Nick’s second year as a FFA member. Since joining FFA he has really immersed himself in the L-O FFA Chapter. He has taken part in the following events and activities: attendance at chapter meetings, annual Fall FFA Cook-out, annual fund-raiser, spring FFA clay bust, fall region trap shoot, FFA Week Events, NCAA March Madness FFA Event, and chapter banquet.
This year marked Nick’s first year on the L-O FFA General Livestock Team. He is a member of a very young team that has worked very hard learning all they can about judging beef, sheep, swine and meat goats. He and his team mates went to the Stewie Invite to prepare. Then the group headed to the Region 8 State Qualifying contest at UW-River Falls on Oct. 10th – the team placed 11th and is now state bound = so many great things to come for this young man and his team.
In addition, Nick also has begun his Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) in Diversified Ag Production – Placement by working on his family farm. He helps with planting and harvesting crops each year. In addition, he helps feed, move and haul hogs with the family swine operation.
When not busy with FFA events, Nick can be found representing LOHS as a member of the football team. He also like hunting, enjoying the outdoors and just hanging out with friends and family when time allows.
Nick had this to say when he found out he was selected FFA member of the month for September, “I am honored”!!!
By Ginger Holm
The LeRoy City council held its regular monthly meeting on October 6, discussing issues from building repairs to Destination Medical Center (DNC) and accrued employee vacation pay.
Tests for asbestos on the the former egg plant came back positive in some areas of the building.
According to the report from Enviro-Tech Services of Austin, LLC, all flat roofing and roofing mastic, and the cooler wall coating/insulation analysed positive for asbestos.
The asbestos inspection cost $985.
The council is seeking estimates on the cost to safely remove the asbestos and tear down the building.
The Personnel Committee will be instituting a few changes to the current policies. The major change will affect accrued vacation pay for city employees.
Currently, there is no limit on how many days, weeks or months, of vacation can be accrued. Council pointed out, without limits, employees can rack up a large debt against the City.
According to Mayor Jennifer Gumbel, this is a practice that has been going on for ten years or more. The City of LeRoy needs to first ensure they have funds set aside to pay this debt, should an employee retire or leave to take a position elsewhere. The next step will be to end the policy and set limits or expiration times for accrued vacation time.
The issue came to light when one former employee asked to have his vacation pay rolled over into his retirement plan, before resigning his position. The council wants to avoid another situation like that, which could place a financial burden on the City.
Of course, any accrued vacation currently owed to employees must be honored, but the council hopes to change the policy by the end of the year.
"There is a significant liability that has built up with these vacation [days]," said Gumbel, stating the current liability is, "in the neighborhood of $25,000."
"So, when we end the policy, we have to figure out how to pay off the prior years," she said. "That is part of what [the Personnel Committee] will be talking about when we discuss the recommendations for making changes to the policy."
Discussion was held on Community Center renovations.
City Clerk Patty White updated the council on the proposed community center renovations. The architects reported they planned for two furnaces in the lower dining area of the building; one furnace would serve the dining room area, the other furnace would serve the senior citizen’s room.
White brought up several options for renovations including suggesting which projects are most urgent and ways to save money. According to White, the existing furnace can still be used, but new duct work needs to be installed.
Council discussed different options for proceeding with this project and made a motion to move forward to replace the furnace and duct work for the dining area, including any accessory rooms, to put in a smaller air conditioner/furnace unit in the senior room, to replace the ceiling panels with 2 x 2-foot panels in the dining area, and to save as many of the existing 2 x 4-foot ceiling panels to replace some of the panels in the upper banquet room.
The hopes and dreams of the DNC bringing an economic boast to LeRoy could be in jeopardy as the bus service is to be discontinued on November 7 of this year. Without public transportation from LeRoy to Rochester, LeRoy may be a less appealing location for Mayo Clinic employees to live - especially considering the hazardous driving conditions on County Highway 14.
The reason for discontinuing the service is speculated to be the result of the current driver retiring. The current driver lives in LeRoy and works in Rochester. If another driver were hired, there would be the issue of what this driver would do for nine hours while waiting to transport workers back to LeRoy at the end of the day.
Mayor Gumbel plans to contact County Commissioner Polly Glynn to discuss her concerns about Mower County 14 and hopes to arrange a meeting with mayors in other area cities whose residents benefit from the bus service, to see what might be done to resolve the problem. It is her goal to use DMC as a means to promote growth and attract potential residents to LeRoy.
In the meantime, City Clerk Patty White said she has drafted a letter to be sent to Dan Holter, of Rochester City Lines, and will also compose a letter to the head of transportation services at Mayo Clinic.
In other business, the council:
~ approved the consent agenda;
~ moved to have Halloween Trick-or-Treating hours run from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. on October 31;
~ approved one building permit for WinTech Electronics, located at 139 East Main Street, to build a 20 x 20-foot addition;
~ approved the September police report as presented by Deputy Lynch;
~ discussed the issue of residents burning leaves and blocking alleyways. Council instructed residents to call law enforcement with burning issues.
The next regular meeting of the City of LeRoy will be held on November 3, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., in the LeRoy Community Center.