The Hanover City Council approved a public/private agreement that would allow the city to claim a lot for the future public works facility.
The council also begrudgingly approved the contact for the Wright County Rds. 19/34 new traffic signal light.
The council discussed the agreement between the city and Pearson Brothers, Inc.
The agreement calls for the city to extend Lamont Avenue in the Hanover Industrial Park.
In return for the road infrastructure, Pearson would give a lot to the city that would be used for a future public works facility. The lot would be east of the Settlers Park shelter located just north of city hall and in proximity to the current public works space.
Pearson is proposing a six-lot industrial subdivision. The city would also receive some land next to River Road that would be used for a trail or some utility-type purpose.
The council approved the agreement with Pearson, a resolution awarding the Lamont Avenue extension improvements, and resolutions approving the preliminary and plat for Hanover Industrial Park 5th Addition.
The road project is expected for this year or early 2013. Once constructed, the subdivision would be ready for development.
NEW TRAFFIC SIGNAL
In other news, the council discussed a resolution awarding the contract for the Wright County Rds. 19/34 intersection signal improvement.
There were some concerns that the original specification for the project did not have a mechanism, Auto Scope, that has motion cameras to detect, for example, if a car is approaching the left turn lane, thus tripping the signal for a left turn arrow.
The county, a 50/50 partner with the city on the project, wanted that spec changed, but it cost a little more money.
Eventually the council did approve the contract, with Auto Scope, but not without two councilors, Wendy Pinor and Dave Malewicki, voting against approval.
Installation of the signal is anticipated this fall.
In other action, the council:
HIRED Annita Smthe of South Haven to the accountant/deputy clerk position. She will start Wednesday, Sept. 26.
APPROVED the 2013 preliminary levy of $1,313,207, which is a zero percent increase over last year.
SENT thanks and farewell comments to city administrator Dan Buchholtz, who has taken a new job in the city of Spring Lake Park. Buchholtz was with Hanover for eight years.