Thursday, January 5, 2012
Albertville council made their committee appointments on Monday night as part of the 2012 reorganizational meeting.
Highlighting the Monday night agenda at Albertville City Hall was the annual committee appointments. At the start of each year, the mayor reviews and discusses the appointments with the council via a reorganizational meeting. The purpose of the appointments is so that committees have council involvement and input. Many of the committees also have members of the community serving on them as well. The following are the 2012 Albertville committee appointments: Fire Department/Public Safety: Larry Sorenson and Jillian (Schommer) Hendrickson FYCC: Jillian Hendrickson Joint Powers Water Board: Mark Meehan and John Vetsch Library: Mark Meehan Parks & Recreation: Jillian Hendrickson and Larry Sorenson Personnel: Mark Meehan and John Vetsch …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
A lack of daytime volunteers, while the majority of the city's fire crew is at work, has the department using "desperate measures."
The Albertville City Council approved a motion to allow city staff to assist in daytime fire emergencies Monday, acting on a request made by Albertville Fire Chief Tate Mills Monday evening. "The fire department is short-staffed for daytime fire emergencies, so we have talked about allowing city employees to respond on an emergency, non-medical basis by driving trucks and manning pumps," Albertville city administrator Larry Kruse told the council Monday night. The Albertville Fire Department currently only has a crew of 5-6 people available during the weekday, daytime hours. Ideally, having a city employee drive the truck or man the pump would free the crew up to fight the fire. "Desperate times call for desperate measures," Albertville …
Monday, August 8, 2011
City leaders are saying a wage increase would help with staff retention. The council, however, is concerned about the message a raise for staff would send to the community.
The Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for city employees continues to be a big part of Albertville budget discussions. The council must have their levy amount voted on at their first September meeting, currently scheduled for Sept. 6. Which means crunch time has begun. Council member Larry Sorenson outlined the actual budget increase when factoring in the addition of hours, COLA and step increases to be $52,500. The current proposed levy would be 2.29 percent. “Let’s meet in the middle and get the levy amount down to about 1.9%,” Sorenson suggested. “We need to be consistent. I’m concerned about our core services and employee needed to keep the city running. And I’m not sure about hockey,” Mark Meehan said towards Sorenson who, at the …
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The second annual event aims to get residents of all ages out and about for one night, and into local parks.
The City of Albertville invites residents to get out and “Explore Your Parks Night,” set for 6 to 8 p.m. Friday night.This is the second annual event put on by city staff and local businesses. The following parks are participating, rain or shine: Four Seasons, Linwood, Oakside, Towne Lakes, Westwind, Winter, and Villas. There will be free food and prizes from community businesses, as well as park maps. Be sure and enter to win gift cards and other door prizes while you’re there.
Friday, January 7, 2011
In somewhat of a surprise, newcomer Mark Meehan unseated Ron Klecker in the race for mayor of Albertville. Now, he'll lead a community that has some big challenges heading into 2011.
Mark Meehan was sworn in as Albertville mayor at the city's reorganizational meeting Monday, Jan. 3. Two days later St. Michael Patch sat down for coffee with him to get to know him a little better. The Mound-Westonka graduate is a husband, father and software engineer. This is his first foray into local politics. He defeated Ron Klecker by 62 votes. St. Michael Patch: Who is Mark Meehan and where did he come from? Mayor Mark Meehan: I’m originally from a southwestern Minnesota town; Buffalo Lake. I graduated high school from Mound-Westonka. I’m a self-taught software engineer, working for Magenic Technologies, a national consulting company. I’m married to Missy, who was also my campaign manager and we have two sons, Irish twins, Max (4…
Monday, December 27, 2010
The city's finance director and staff were recognized by a national organization for its annual financial report.
For the second year, the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the City of Albertville for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The certificate of achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. Albertville's CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story. Only 10 percent of the cities and …
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Great River Regional Library, which staffs the St. Michael facility, expected an uptick in library guests. The results have exceeded expectations.
If you build it, they will come. And how. In a typical community with a new library, Great River Regional Library System (GRRL) has seen a 30 percent increase of usage. But St. Michael-Albertville has proved to be not so typical. Within the first two weeks of opening the new library, GRRL reported a 50 percent increase. "My favorite part is seeing their faces light up when they walk in for the very first time," Marla Scherber, librarian at the St. Michael facility, said. The new St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover library has been a project 10 years in the making. The community was quickly outgrowing the space in Colonial Mall, Scherber, the librarian for the past five years, said. There were needs for more computers, more space. "A more …
Thursday, December 9, 2010
With Tom Fay and Mayor Ron Klecker losing seats in the 2010 election, the city took time to thank the two men for nearly 20 years of combined service to the community.
Albertville Mayor Ron Klecker had two "old sayings" he was keeping in mind Thursday night: "This, too, shall pass," and "Time heals all wounds." Perhaps another one was fitting, as well: "It's not a good-bye. It's a 'see ya later.'" The city held a reception for Klecker, who was defeated by less than 70 votes in last month's elections, and council member Tom Fay at the Albertville City Hall Thursday night. It was fitting it was in a building those two men made possible, friends said. "They've done a lot," said council member John Vetsch. "It hasn't seemed like they've been here long, but it's been nine years or more for both of them. That's flown by." Fay, who received 787 votes in the Nov. 3 election, was edged by fellow council member …