The Taylors Falls City Council did its annual organizing for 2022 Monday this week, and committee assignments and officers remain the same.
The purchase agreement with the possible buyer of the city lot on mainstreet was amended, to extend the time period for soils investigation. (Council member Troy Aanonsen abstained.)
The site is proposed to be home to a new built boutique hotel and closing on the parcel was set for April 2022. The delay is for soil borings pending due to the subzero temps and the future buyers now have 30 more days (into February) to perform tests and take samples.
A couple of citizens during public comment inquired about the city allowing volunteers to do city administrative tasks. They also asked if the part time position to work in city hall, that was budgeted, will be officially hired.
Geri Aanonsen and Molly Irish inquired during open mic, and Irish stated the clerk treasurer had a list of duties that citizens could pick from.
They asked about when the council may take action.
Vice Mayor Ross Rivard said the personnel committee would like to see that list. The way it works is first the personnel committee gives council a recommendation after having an opportunity to review the implications of citizens having access to city records, etc. The paid staff addition is being looked at by personnel liaisons.
Meanwhile, the investigation into allegations by the clerk treasurer of sexual harrassment and hostile work environment, will be presented Jan. 20 (new date) at 6 p.m. at city hall. Council announced this as a special session.
The employee complaint was submitted months ago and council reportedly brought in a private investigator, with a directive to research the claims. The taxpayer-funded report is public information but will be redacted for data privacy.
The firefighters were approved to pursue a grant from FireHouse Subs for $53,000. The grant would pay for a new side-by-side ATV for fire fighters to get into remote areas and difficult to access spaces.