Hanover adds to staff with 3rd public works position

The Hanover City Council approved hiring a current Hanover resident and firefighter to a new position on the city’s public works staff.

The council also continued review of the 2018 preliminary budget and levy.

PUBLIC WORKS

The council approved hiring Hanover resident Carl Olson to public works.

City Administrator Brian Hagen later noted that since his employment in Hanover, there has been five or fewer full-time city employees. With Olson’s hire, that number has now expanded to six.

“We’re growing a staff position, and we’ll be able to complete more projects in-house,” Hagen said. Noting Olson’s position on the fire department, Hagen added, “One thing we’re excited for is having additional help from (Olson) for daytime fire calls.”

Hagen said there are many projects that public works staff will more efficiently to accomplish, such as crack filling and concrete work, including pouring concrete sidewalks along all the city parks. “It will look very nice and work very well,” Hagen said.

There is also curbing around the city that needs repair. “We’ll be able to finish these tasks a lot sooner,” Hagen said.

BUDGET

In other news, the council reviewed the second draft of the 2018 preliminary budget.

“Changes since the last meeting include (fire chief) Malewicki’s requested budget, adjustment to reflect public work’s wages, capital levy and updated fire contract to reflect final numbers used for calculating costs,” administrator Hagen said in his memo.

The 2017 proposed levy of $1,527,253 is only a 1 percent increase from the 2016 levy of $1,486,246.

Staff said there weren’t many budget changes from last year, and that the city’s tax rate should go down.

The item was for discussion only. The preliminary levy needs to be certified by the end of September, and staff was guessing the council would approve the preliminary levy by the first meeting in September.

Cities can always adjust the levy lower after preliminary certification, but cannot increase it.

In other action, the council:

APPROVED a resolution ratifying a Fire Relief Association pension increase from $1,575 to $1,775.