Greenfield Mayor Jerry Hertaus opened the city council’s Oct. 2 meeting by asking for a moment of silence by attendees recognizing the recent loss a local family suffered.
John and Julie Gleason, longtime residents of Greenfield, lost their youngest child, Colton Gleason, on Sept 21 as the result of an unprovoked attack that resulted in a fatal head injury while visiting friends in St. Cloud.
Resident Victoria Dukes asked that the council consider moving the Oct. 18 “Meet the Candidates” forum to Greenfield City Hall, specifically to the Public Works bay, which had been used in the past to accommodate larger groups.
Dukes said that she had heard from area residents that attendance was expected to warrant a larger facility (his event was originally planned to be held at the Town Hall meeting quarters).
The council took no action, however the venue has been changed to the City Hall, 7738 Commerce Cr., Public Works entrance. This event is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
The council met with Park Advisory applicant Kim Cruz and discussed her interest in being appointed to the advisory.
Cruz, a 15-year resident of Greenfield, is a daycare provider and interested in attracting young families to the area and promoting fitness for all ages. She’s not been involved in government commission or advisories to this point, adding,”It’s all new to me, I’m here to learn.” She’s been volunteering for the Animal Humane Society for 20 years.
The council unanimously approved her appointment and welcomed her to the Park Advisory.
The council adopted a Park Advisory in 2011,which has been involved in phase planning for the city’s first city park at Town Hall Drive and County Rd. 50.
The council approved a two-year contract with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department that would run through the end of 2014, and provide three hours a day of general and traffic law enforcement, subject to the approval of the city attorney. The proposed cost of the contract is $65,502 for 2013, and $67,473 for 2014. The contract for 2012 is $54,799.
During discussion, Councilor Mike Erickson stated that he would like additional hours of coverage.
Greenfield City Administrator, Kathryne McCulllen, reported to the council that she’d learned in talks with Blue Cross that personnel health insurance premiums would be increasing significantly and offered three proposals to keep the costs down for the city.
The first was to cut the proposed 2% wage increase for city employees to 1%, with no increase to her wages for 2013.
The second option was to increase the employee’s monthly contributions by $52, or just over 50%.
Cutting the Public Works budget part-time budget was also suggested as an option, perhaps paring it with the option of no increase on the part of the administrator.
After some discussion, an option of increasing the employee’s contribution by $33 a month and some cutting back on part time hours received some support.
No action was taken on this item.
The next regular meeting of the Greenfield City Council is Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at 6390 Town Hall Dr.