By LIZ VERLEY, Staff Writer
The City of Pierz, as well as most Minnesota cities, is slated to see an increase in its Local Government Aid (LGA) payments.
At Monday’s council meeting, Representative Ron Kresha cautioned city council members to be careful with their spending.
He told council members that he was impressed with the city and its success.
Kresha updated the council, explaining that the legislative session this year had been primarily about a spending budget.
He went on to say the expected surplus projections appeared to be dropping.
Other business that came before the Pierz City Council Monday included:
• Approving the May payment on the Robert/Park Avenue project that is under way. The payment was for $152,681.15 to C and L Excavation. The council heard that process is slower than expected due to the weather but the engineer expected the project would be completed by its deadline;
• Hearing that MnDOT agreed to fund the remaining deficit of the Safe Routes to School project;
• Approving a permit for the Pierz Ballroom to install a sign on its property and a fence permit for the trailer park. The council tabled action on a sign permit for the trailer park pending further information;
• Hearing from Manager John Schmidtbauer that steps were being taken to clean up the garbage and property at the trailer park;
• Hearing from Police Chief Eric Hanneken that letters had been sent to residents that needed to clean up their property. He said response has been positive. As for the condition of the trailer park, he was giving Schmidtbauer the opportunity to get the matter corrected before ticketing those not in compliance with the city ordinances;
• Allowing the American Legion to use the park shelter at no cost July 15; and
• Passing a resolution by which the city will begin paying PERA for Jason Lochieder, a part-time police officer.
The next meeting of the Pierz City Council will be Monday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.