Duffney hands over reins to council’s special tax status deal | Government meetings

Aitkin resident Scott Duffney approached Aitkin City Council at its September 22 regular meeting to request that the transfer of the tax increase financing deal his company has with the city be reassigned to the new owner.

Council members approved the transfer.

Duffney sold his business, Real Properties LLC, to Aitkin Real Assets LLC, a company that has operated a facility in Fridley for 18 years.

Trevor Betley of Aitkin Title attended the meeting with Duffney and assisted with the title transfer.

Duffney said he enjoyed his business and had met and grown closer to many of its residents and their families.

“We have also lost some great people over the last year, and that tires you out,” he said.

Council members voted to approve resolution 2021-09-22A, adopting the preliminary budget 2022 as drafted.

The budget includes a 21.5% increase in the certified tax levy compared to the 2021 levy.

The proposed budget is based on forecasted revenues of $ 2,104,025 and total planned spending of $ 754,323.

There will be a final vote on the 2022 budget at the December 20 regular meeting of the Aitkin City Council.

The search for a new municipal administrator continued with the identification of a suitable pool of candidates.

On October 6 at 1 p.m., city council members and department heads will meet to interview three candidates for the vacant city administrator position.

A larger pool of applicants was selected by the company, but the finalists were selected by the board. Candidates have experience as city administrators in towns of a similar size to Aitkin.

Acting Streets Department Supervisor Lon Nicko provided some context for Bolton & Menk Change Order # 4 regarding work being done to replace the damaged concrete curb and gutter along First Street northeast.

“When the engineers started digging, they found elevations that weren’t correct and all kinds of artifacts and remnants of old sidewalks and other structures,” Nicko said. Amendment order 4 and payment request 4 relate to this work.

The amendment order and the payment request have been approved by the board.


Municipal government positions were the subject of a salary study conducted by David Drown and Associates.

DDA Representative Mark Goldberg presented the results of the study to the Board. Goldberg said DDA worked with

towns and counties in Minnesota for many years.

The goal of the study was to establish a class and pay system that made sense in the context of other cities in Minnesota.

Board members will review the proposed compensation structure and vote on whether to implement it and when the change is expected to take effect. This discussion and vote will take place at the regular council meeting on October 18.

• In recognition of her work for the Aitkin City Police Department as Confidential Records Secretary, Amy Dotzler’s position has been upgraded from Grade 5 to Grade 6 and the new job description was approved unanimously by the members of the council.

A memorandum of understanding documenting the move has been approved, effective September 22.

• Mayor Megan Workman has issued a statement to the public and city employees saying that she values ​​the privacy of city employees with regards to their health care and will not impose any warrant on city employees.

• Dale Lueck was recognized as the 2021 League of Minnesota Cities Legislator of Distinction. Workman thanked Lueck for all he does for Aitkin and read the LMC letter aloud.

• The intersection of Ninth Avenue and First Street Northwest, which was an uncontrolled intersection, now has a new traffic sign. Nicko offered to take the stop sign on First Street and put a road sign on Eighth Avenue as well.

“Everything from Seventh Avenue west to First Street would be unrestricted and side streets would have signposts,” Nicko explained. “We try to keep the area uniform in order to make travel safer. ”

The other proposed addition / modification is on Fifth Avenue and First Street Northwest, where road signs have been placed on the Fifth Avenue side. Accidents always happen there, so the street service is offering to put a four-lane stop back in there.

“This is particularly worrying at dusk when there are football matches. Intersections have been painted and the parking lot set back from the intersection with no parking signs, ”Nicko said.

The Council voted to change the signs according to the proposal.

• Council member Jason Henke said the proposed security camera project for Aitkin City Park aims to ensure the safety of people and property. Henke had concerns about the ‘Big Brother’ aspect of installing cameras, but recent vandalism and the upcoming construction of underfloor heating facilities make it a vital investment for the city.

“I just hope the citizens of Aitkin realize that the park is a valuable asset to our community, and if it continues to be vandalized, it won’t be what we want it to be. future, ”said Leeann Moriarty, board member.

Henke offered, with support from Kathy Galliger, to approve the park’s camera project, which is estimated to cost $ 6,890.

• There will no longer be a municipal dump for garden waste near the municipal garage on fourth avenue northwest.

Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m., residents can dump their leaves and brush free of charge at the landfill south of Aitkin on the highway. 169.

“The free dumping of leaves and brush in town has led to fires in the past, which has caused this change,” Nicko said.

Information on the new procedure is on the county Web page.

The next regular meeting of the Aitkin City Council will be held on October 4 at 6 p.m. at the Aitkin Public Library.

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