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Mayer selects new administrator

By Ivan Raconteur
Interim City Administrator Luayn Ruch told the Mayer City Council Monday that the city has an agreement with its new city administrator.
The council interviewed three finalists for the position July 20. After those interviews, the council directed Pat Melvin, a management consultant with David Drown Associates, who coordinated the administrator search for the city, to work with the personnel committee to negotiate a contract. The city extended an offer to Nicholas Johnson, the council’s first choice. Johnson accepted.
Johnson will receive a salary of $97,000 per year. He will start Monday, October 3.
Following Monday’s meeting, Melvin noted that Johnson “impressed the council with his knowledge and experience in local government.”
Melvin provided the following information: Johnson currently serves as the city administrator for the City of Fairfax, where he has been in the role since 2017. Before this, he served as the city administrator for the City of Marshall for one year and as the city administrator for the City of Canby for six years. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Minnesota State University – Mankato.
Ruch expects to present a contract to the council for approval at its next meeting.
The council discussed extending Ruch’s contract from September until Johnson is available to start in October. The council also approved an additional four hours per week for Ruch, who is currently approved for 20-24 hours per week.
Contract awarded for park shelter
The council awarded a construction contract for a new park shelter to Project One Construction in the amount of $458,000. The city council and park board have been planning a shelter for Old Schoolhouse Park for a number of years.
The city has the funds for the project in the park improvement fund, which has a balance of $515,099. The city also levied $50,000 for parks this year.
The completion date for the project is May 1, 2023.
Sale of old fire
station considered
Ruch told the council the city had been approached by two separate parties that wished to purchase the old fire station at 400 Ash Ave. North, and she asked the council for direction.
The parties presented information to the EDA.
She noted that selling the property would require rezoning and a comprehensive plan amendment.
The council discussed options. The city has not listed the property for sale, and one question was whether the city should seek buyers or consider the proposals it already has.
Another question was what to do with things the structure is currently being used for, including providing space for the Carver County Sheriff’s Office and storing public works equipment off-season.
Council members expressed some interest in selling the property to get it on the tax rolls.
As a next step, the council directed Ruch to get an appraisal for the property.

New Germany man injured in three vehicle crash

A New Germany man was injured in a three vehicle crash in Silver Lake the evening of July 27.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol (MSP) 44-year-old Michael Ford was taken to Glencoe Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

MSP reported the crash happened at the intersection of Highway 7 and McLeod County Road 2 just after 7 p.m.

No other injuries were reported.

Hutchinson man seriously injured in motorcycle crash near Alexandria

Alexandria, MN–A Hutchinson man suffered life-threatening injuries July 27 in a motorcycle crash near Alexandria. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, shortly before 7 p.m., 36-year-old Eric Tonn was riding eastbound on I-94 in Moe Township when he crashed. Tonn is being treated for his injuries at Hennepin County Medical Center.

Hutchinson man injured in motorcycle crash

A Hutchinson man was injured in a motorcycle crash the night of July 24 north of Hutchinson.
According to the McLeod County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Ethan Johnston was transported to the hospital to treat unspecified injuries.
The sheriff’s office reported they responded to the County Road 7 and 206th Circle crash.
The crash happened just after 8 p.m.

The Wall That Heals arrives today

The Wall That Heals is slated to arrive in Winsted today, Tuesday, July 26. Winsted Police Chief Justin Heldt and Howard Lake Police Chief Dave Thompson are coordinating an arrival escort of motorcyclists, law enforcement vehicles, first-responders, and others.
The will see the escort beginning at Dura Supreme in Howard Lake, moving up Hwy. 12, to CSAH 6 and onto the Winstock grounds. The escort should arrive at approximately 2:15 p.m.

Mayer filing notice

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the General Election for the City of Mayer will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, for the purpose of electing candidates for the following offices:
One (1) Mayor – two year term – January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2024
Two (2) Councilmembers – four year term – January 1, 2023, to December 31, 2026
Candidate filings will be accepted at City Hall at 413 Bluejay Avenue from Tuesday, August 2, 2022 through Tuesday, August 16, 2022. City Hall will be open 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of Tuesday, August 16, 2022, when City Hall will be open until 5:00 p.m.
Withdrawals are accepted until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2022. For any questions, contact Janell Gildemeister, City Clerk, at 952-657-1502 or
Janell Gildemeister
City Clerk MCMC
City of Mayer
Published in the Herald Journal, July 22, 2022. |