Hanover to consider potential bonding for city projects

The Hanover Fire Department recently recognized organizations that made significant donations to the department in 2013. The Hanover Athletic Association, the Hanover Lions, the Corcoran Lions, and  the Northwest Area Jaycees were major contributors last year. Left to right are Firefighter Brian Gronsberg, Chief II Brian Kottke, Hanover Athletic Association President Stan Kolasa, Hanover Lion Dean Eckard, Corcoran Lions Dave Poppler and Russ Poppler, Mary Poppler, Northwest Area Jaycees Chad Robran and Valerie Nybo, and Hanover Fire Chief Dave Malewicki. Mary Poppler, center, is holding a thermal imaging camera, one of the equipment upgrades that was supported by the donations. With the donations, the department was also able to purchase a cabinet for the safe storage of flammable liquids and conduct several fire prevention programs. In addition, Malewicki also said that the department wanted to thank the area residents who made donations to the department after receiving the fire department’s annual calendars. The Hanover Fire Department serves the city of Hanover, portions of the cities of Corcoran and Greenfield, and parts of Rockford Township. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

The Hanover Fire Department recently recognized organizations that made significant donations to the department in 2013. The Hanover Athletic Association, the Hanover Lions, the Corcoran Lions, and the Northwest Area Jaycees were major contributors last year. Left to right are Firefighter Brian Gronsberg, Chief II Brian Kottke, Hanover Athletic Association President Stan Kolasa, Hanover Lion Dean Eckard, Corcoran Lions Dave Poppler and Russ Poppler, Mary Poppler, Northwest Area Jaycees Chad Robran and Valerie Nybo, and Hanover Fire Chief Dave Malewicki. Mary Poppler, center, is holding a thermal imaging camera, one of the equipment upgrades that was supported by the donations. With the donations, the department was also able to purchase a cabinet for the safe storage of flammable liquids and conduct several fire prevention programs. In addition, Malewicki also said that the department wanted to thank the area residents who made donations to the department after receiving the fire department’s annual calendars. The Hanover Fire Department serves the city of Hanover, portions of the cities of Corcoran and Greenfield, and parts of Rockford Township. (Photo by Doug Voerding)

The Hanover City Council heard from a financial consultant regarding options to sell bonds to pay for city improvement projects.

Such projects could include road repair, upgrading the public works facility and other capital improvement planning.

Consultant Doug Green reviewed cost estimates of how taxes would be affected if the city sold bonds.

Administrative assistant Brian Hagen later said of Green’s presentation: “If we sell bonds for x amount, taxes would go up for y amount. Do we sell bonds or continue to fund the projects the way we have? Do we try to go away from assessments? The city council is looking at all options available. They want to go with the one that impacts residents the least.”

Mayor Chris Kauffman and the council made no decisions on the matter, but is expected to consider looking at the options.

“What’s next? More homework on staff’s part,” Hagen said. “We’ll let the city council digest that information and try to get some more accurate numbers of what projects would cost.”

One of those projects includes expansion of the public works facility. City clerk Annita Smythe will get some more accurate numbers about upcoming city projects ahead of future council discussion.

In other action, the council:

HEARD from city engineer Justin Messner that the Hennepin County Rd. 19 trail right-of-way acquisition is close to being completed. In the next few weeks the city will advertise for bids and get out the bids in March for construction in spring or summer. The County Rd. 19 trail will extend west from the park reserve to the Historic Bridge, and connecting to the Wright County system.

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