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LP to transition position to a city administrator
Sept. 14, 2018

Ivan Raconteur

LESTER PRAIRIE, MN – Three years ago, the City of Lester Prairie created a community development coordinator position. That position will soon be reclassified as a city administrator position.

At the end of the meeting Sept. 11, the council went into closed session to do a performance evaluation for Community Development Coordinator Adam Birkholz.

Following the closed session, the board voted to reclassify the position. The city will hire a consultant to help the city develop a job description and wage scale classification for the new position.

The council will review the information at its October meeting, and implement the change no later than the Tuesday, Nov. 13 council meeting.

Assistant clerk hired

The city hired Angel Achen July 23 to fill the position of assistant city clerk. She resigned from that position Aug. 23.

During Tuesday’s meeting, the council accepted her resignation, and approved hiring Justine Damlow to fill the assistant clerk position at a wage of $16.43 per hour.

Damlow was one of three finalists before Achen was hired in July.

Damlow’s first day will be Monday, Oct. 1.

Preliminary levy

The council approved a preliminary levy of $856,060 for 2019.

This represents an increase of $113,888, or 15.35 percent from the 2018 levy. However, a significant part of this increase is related to the purchase of a fire truck. The city is financing the initial payment. If Bergen and Winsted townships pay the city their portion prior to the city adopting its final levy in December, the amount will be reduced.

Odds and ends

In other business, the council:

• accepted the resignation of full-time police officer Joshua Fahey, who has accepted a job as a deputy sheriff with the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office.

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