Council approves admin. job description, reviews ‘14 budget

The Montgomery City Council held a special meeting/budget workshop Monday, Aug. 12, and as part of that agenda approved a city administrator job description  and reviewed the 2014 preliminary budget.
 
The council is hiring a new city administrator to replace Steve Helget, who resigned in July, and has hired the consulting firm of Springsted Inc. to help in the search. Helget’s last day in the office is August 16.
 
The job description is very similar to what the city has used in the past. “The document was updated in 2010, and is much the same as what was used in my hiring,” said Helget.
 
The council reviewed the search timeline prepared by Springsted, indicating that advertising to fill the position will now begin, followed by interviews in October and estimated starting date in late November.
 
The possibility of hiring a interim administrator was also discussed Monday night. Helget said the League of Minnesota Cities maintains a list of consultants and interim city managers and administrators who are available. One person on that list who caught the attention of Helget and the council was Jerry Bohnsack, former administrator at New Prague who now lives in Deerwood, near Brainerd.
 
“In speaking with Jerry, he appears to be interested and would be a good fit for Montgomery,” commented Helget. “He is familiar with the community and knows people here.”
 
The council directed Helget to prepare a contract and move forward on the possible hiring of Bohnsack.
Preliminary Budget
 
The council reviewed the 2014 preliminary budget, which is a working document that can have changes prior to final approval.
 
In his comments to the council, Helget said the budget reflects a $99,665 increase in local government aid (LGA); over $110,000 in general fund cash reserve dedication; a 2 percent salary increase for all employees effective July 1, 2014; and no increases in property taxes  or water and sewer rates.
 
The city is required to adopt a preliminary budget and certify the preliminary property tax levy to the county by September 30. “The council will review and approve the preliminary levy and budget at its September 16 regular meeting, and schedule the Truth-In-Taxation Public Hearing for December. Final approval of the budget and levy will come in late December.