Osseo extends employment agreement to Reeder

BY ALICIA MILLER

alicia.miller@ecm-inc.com

The Osseo City Council approved an employment agreement between the city and Douglas Reeder for the position of City Administrator at its Monday, June 25, meeting.

The council also gave its support for a sporting grant.

Here are some of the meeting’s highlights.

CITY ADMINISTRATOR AGREEMENT

The council first approved an employment agreement with Douglas Reeder as City Administrator for an indefinite period of time.

The city originally entered into an agreement with Reeder for interim employment in the city administrator position back in March. At that time it was thought the council would proceed with the process of hiring a new full-time city administrator, having Reeder serve the city for about three months.

In May, the council tabled action of hiring a new city administrator and looked at the possibility of extending the employment agreement with Reeder.

At its June 11 meeting, the council tabled action on approving the extending and amended interim employment agreement with Reeder. The council wanted the city attorney draft a resolution with amendments that would remove the word "interim."

Along with Reeder, there would also be an intern at city hall that would deal with everyday planning issues. Benefits would not be given to either Reeder or the intern. This would save the city several thousands of dollars each year, as he would only be working about 25 hours a week. Reeder only received a car allowance of $175 a month.

SPORTING GRANT

The council also approved supporting the Hennepin Youth Sports program grant.

This resolution doesn’t give any financial support from the city to the possible future project. "It simply says we support the project on School District property and we would provide them access to the facilities," Reeder said.

Mayor Al Lindquist added, "I would like to compliment Shaune Younkers on her work."

Back in May, Osseo resident Younkers spoke to the council about applying for a grant that would help out the sports fields within the city. The grant would be from the Hennepin County Youth Sports Facility Commission.

She told the council she and group of individuals lead by Ray Kirch, Athletic Director at Osseo Senior High, would be trying to get a grant that would be used to get new lights for Memorial Field to use for night baseball games.

Younkers added the grant money could also be used for new scoreboards at Memorial Field, as well as the football field, lights for the girl’s softball field and a scoreboard for the girl’s as well. She said the lights are new lights that only shine the light only into the field.

OTHER

In other action, the council:

APPROVED a payment of $610 to Home Free for services rendering in 2011 from six Osseo residents. Home Free works with area residents dealing with domestic abuse.

ADOPTED a resolution providing for the sale of $505,000 General Obligation Improvement Bonds. These bonds would finance the 2012 street and utility improvements. The awarding of the sale of bonds would take place in August.

RECEIVED an update regarding the Public Safety Advisory Committee’s June 19 meeting. The next meeting dates are Sept. 18 and Dec. 18.

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