City Administrator Dan Vogt received a positive performance evaluation from the Brainerd City Council.
In a summery of the evaluation on Monday, Council President Kevin Goedker said Vogt was efficient and an asset to the council. Vogt's performance evaluation was held in a closed session on March 23.
"We're very happy," Goedker said of Vogt's performance.
Council member Bob Olson said the public should know that it was a very positive report from all seven council members and the mayor.
Mayor James Wallin said it took a special person to develop the working relationship Vogt has with employees and the council during the past 20 years. He said Vogt did an excellent job.
Vogt said he appreciated the council's positive comments.
In other action, the council:
Approved assessments for the Tyrol Hills street reconstruction process based on front footage as opposed to area. The Safety and Public Works Committee also intends to discuss alternatives for people with unusually high assessments.
Approved with a 5-1 vote assessing downtown maintenance 100 percent to property owners, with Goedker voting against and Olson abstaining from voting. Property owner David Pueringer said he couldn't afford the assessment.
Held the first reading on a proposed ordinance change that the city pay 80 percent of health insurance premiums for department heads and supervisors hired after May 1 and who elect to receive city-sponsored family health insurance coverage; and pay 80 percent for elected officials elected in the November 2010 election who choose the city's family health insurance coverage. The premium cost for single coverage will be paid 100 percent by the city. Elected officials who do not choose the city's health insurance coverage will be reimbursed up to 80 percent for out-of-pocket expenses.
Approved $480 expenditure to repair a flag pole on the historic water tower. Wallin also thanked the VFW for replacing a tattered flag at city hall.
Adopted a resolution approving the plans and specifications and authorizing advertising for bids for north Brainerd street reconstruction.
Learned the Personnel and Finance Committee was informed by Tom Phelps, Brainerd Public Utilities superintendent, of how the utility is working on reducing street lighting costs by $91,000, as recommended by the city council. Phelps told the committee he was working on a plan that could include reducing wattage, using LED lights, converting decorative lights to lower wattage, finding stimulus money and using timers. Phelps noted he lowered the wattage in the lights at South Seventh and Laurel streets and nobody has told him they've noticed a difference. To save $90,000 by shutting off street lights, Phelps said 544 of the city's 1,600 lights would have to be shut off.
Accepted an early retirement program application from Keith Bachman, full-time equipment operator and fire inspector in the Brainerd Fire Department.
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