The Corcoran City Council and Park Board each expressed interest in a developer’s proposal to donate a parcel of land to the city.
The council continued discussion regarding Ryan Company’s proposal to donate to the city wetland mitigation property located in southern Corcoran.
The park board had reviewed the proposal as early as spring 2011 and did indicate some interest in the city owning the site.
Mayor Ken Guenthner and the council expressed some interest in the city owning the site but are also concerned with long-term maintenance and taking the property off the tax rolls.
After looking a topographical map of the property, the council opted to continue working with the engineers and property owners for the pros and cons. The council will continue to consider the options before making a final decision.
In other news, the council approved a resolution setting employee compensation and adjustments.
Effective Jan. 1, full-time employees shall receive a 2 percent cost of living adjustment in base wagers and/or salary. Insurance package contributions shall remain identical as 2012 plus the city making an additional contribution of paying 70 percent of the 2013 premium increase.
The resolution also approves the labor agreement between the city and Teamster Local 320 (police union) for 2013 through 2015.
Some highlights of the police contract include wage and benefit package in 2013 identical to all other non-union city employees; city agrees to reopen wage and benefit adjustments for 2014 and 2015 with intention of mirroring wage and benefit adjustments to non-union employees of the city; and city agrees to undertake a market study of police wage benefits during 2013.
In other action, the council:
APPROVED the final 2013 budget and tax levy. The total levy is $2,934,739