Pine City Council Starts 2009
The Pine City Council held its first meeting of the new year Wednesday. Judge Krista Martin did the swearing in of new member Paul Janssen, and returning councilman Brian Scholin and Mayor Jane Robbins. A small celebration was held for Mark Nisely who is replaced by Janssen.
Once the swearing in ceremonies were complete, the council got down to business. City Administrator Don Howard advised the council to prepare for further state cuts in Local Government Aid. The state slashed $60,000 from Pine City’s 2008 LGA in December. Howard predicts this number could be ten times as much over the next two years
The council will further discuss the budget, as well as the courthouse purchasing decision and a handful of other issues at a special workshop meeting Saturday at city hall starting at 8 a.m
The council made appointments at Wednesday’s meeting. Maury Montbriand is hired to the Public Works Four position. He will serve the position for a sixth month probationary period.
The council also appointed Don Gray to the Captain Two position for the fire department. The Captain One position was tabled. Council member and fireman, Paul Miller was recommended for the position. However, the council is going to look into the legality of having Miller serve the position due to his role on the council.
Miller told the board that he was told from various sources, that as long as he does not serve as a direct liaison to the council, he could serve in any role for the fire department. The direct liaisons are the Chief and Assistant Chief.
Miller is currently paid for fire calls.
The council set the public hearing for the 2009 Street Reconstruction project on February 4th at 6:30 p.m. at Pine City Hall.