|9/26/2019 3:43:00 PM|
Taylors Falls city staff back up to full strength
There will be a new but familiar face at city hall in Taylors Falls, at least three days a week, starting next week. City Council members voted 5-0 Monday to fill a vacancy left in the wake of Adam Berklund’s resignation. The “new” staffer is Steve Heth, previously a city engineer and now retired from Bolton Menk.
Heth knows the city, said Mayor Mike Buchite, and he can finish grant applications that are in-process and works well with area contractors. Buchite added the city wished Berklund well and residents appreciates his work serving as zoning administrator and coordinator.
Elizabeth Nealley, city treasurer/clerk, meantime, got a bump in hours. She was approved to go to 40 hours per week from 32.
Council member John Tangen commented on hiring Heth, saying it is “...a wonderful bonus for the city.” Heth starts at 32 hours per week, which Buchite said is basically budget-neutral, at $27 per hour.
Council also approved after the fact, a “field decision” authorizing Prefer Paving to repair the access drive at the main lift station, since the bituminous company was in town anyway doing annual street projects. Cost was $5,000.
Taylors Falls has a couple openings for citizens who want to get involved in parks and recreation or in the Heritage Preservation Committee. Contact city hall for applications. Council member Larry Julik Heine is liaison to parks and John Tangen sits on the HPC and you can also contact them about serving on their respective groups.
The mayor also noted that contrary to rumor-- the city is not buying a new fire truck, at least not for a few years. The vehicle specifications are beginning to be reviewed and money will be earmarked for an account to buy a new rig to replace pumper #1, but any talk now is simply planning well ahead.