By Megan Hopps
SUN PRESS Newspapers
The Dayton City Council met Tuesday to recognize Erik Anderley, a first responder who responded to an ATV crash and saved a woman’s life.
The council also discussed hiring a seasonal office receptionist, accepted a donation from the Dayton Lions for McNeil Park improvements, and reviewed details of the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan.
Mayor Tim McNeil and Councilor Eric Lucero attended a Chamber of Commerce First Responders luncheon in May.
The meeting was designed to recognize first responders in the area that had assisted the city in public safety. Officer Erik Anderley of Dayton was recognized at this luncheon for saving a woman’s life when he received a call of an ATV crash on County Rd. 81. Upon arriving at the scene, Anderley performed medical aide to a woman with a severe leg injury. He placed a tourniquet on her leg, ultimately, saving her life. She also was able to regain full use of her leg. He was able to keep all involved in the crash calm, and followed up after the victims received medical care.
“Those of us who are elected get to sit up here and look important every two weeks, but as far as I know none of us have saved a life,” said Mayor Tim McNeil. “I just want to take the opportunity to thank you for the incredibly important work that you do.”
All present at Tuesday’s meeting stood and applauded Anderley.
Chris Covington from the Diamond Lake Improvement Association spoke in open forum to give a water quality update of Diamond Lake. He reported that the DNR approved funding for lake restoration. Early in May the lake was pre-treated for curly leaf pond weed.
After treating the lake for the invasive species, the association will conduct a post-treatment survey to test the levels of curly leaf pond weed. Because curly leaf creates dense mats on the bottom of shallow lakes, it can cause problems for boaters and fisherman. Typically the plants die mid-summer and release phosphorus, aiding in algae production.
Councilor Scott Salonek requested an item regarding hiring a seasonal office assistant be pulled from the agenda. He expressed his concerns regarding the pay this employee would receive. The city recently hired Brian Hagen part time to assist Interim City Administrator Bob Derus. Councilor Salonek felt that hiring another assistant was not needed.
Administrator Derus responded that originally the city had budgeted for a full-time office assistant and would provide full benefits. After hiring Hagen part time, Derus felt that hiring a seasonal, part-time employee would benefit city staff as city hall is much busier in the summer months. Administrator Derus added that a seasonal employee would start at about 40 percent pay scale as opposed to a full time receptionist.
“It’s always busier in the summertime, especially at city hall and within the Parks and Rec. Department,” said Derus. “It’s been busy and it’s only going to get busier. If we’re experiencing an increase in development, it’s not reasonable to assume city hall won’t get busier.”
City Planning Consultant Tina Goodroad gave a presentation regarding the city’s Comprehensive Use Plan.
The city held an open house and received public comment from residents mid-May. After considering these comments, Consultant Goodroad and the council discussed how to go about making these suggested changes to the south west corner of Dayton and still meet Met Council requirements.
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