Hanover projects budget surplus

Interim Hanover City Engineer Bob Derus reported to the city council that the budget looks very solid, and projected a significant year-end surplus for both the general fund and Economic Development Authority fund.

Derus said a $1,000 increase for the Octoberfest Celebration is not a concern.

Mayor Martin Waters suggested that with the surplus projected in 2012 and considering the surplus in 2011, it might be a good opportunity to lower the property tax.



In other news, the council presented Vonnie Waters (wife of Mayor Waters) with a Vitalization Award for taking care of planters around town.

Waters thanked the council and asked to be considered for membership on the city’s Beautification Committee. She also gave an update about the Octoberfest celebration, and it was noted that Mick Sterling was booked as the second band at Octoberfest.

The council also authorized spending up to $250 on city planters for the fall season.

In other action, the council:

APPROVED a change order for the proposed Lamont Avenue extension, extending the storm sewer from River Road NE to the cul-de-sac on Lamont Avenue, with an estimated cost of $20,281.

APPROVED the Hennepin County Law Enforcement agreement for 2013-14.

CHANGED the date of the first city council meeting in November from Tuesday, Nov. 6, to Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. due to the general election Nov. 6.