Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, March 22, 1999

Training and conference budget needs more money

By Andrea Vargo

Although almost $1,300 over budget in its fund to provide training for council members, Mayor Gerry Smith told the Howard Lake City Council Tuesday, that this is money well spent.

If only one good idea comes from each session, it will save the city money in the long run, he said.

"Well, you need to take the money from some other area (to make up the short-fall)," said City Administrator Christina Frankenfield.

Smith said, "Then we need to take the money (from somewhere else).

Said City Clerk Gene Gilbert, "I didn't go to the clerk's conference. You can have my money."

"Next year, " said Smith, "we need to budget more for training."

The previous council had not anticipated needed training for all the newly elected officials, and that caused part of the short-fall.

Investigation revealed the council members spent $825.10 of that over-run to stay overnight in Mankato at the Holiday Inn for the conference for newly elected officials.

They stayed in five separate rooms, since each member took his wife along for the outing.

Records show Smith reimbursed the city $80.15 for one night at the Holiday Inn in Mankato.

Y2K issues

"Will all city employees be at work next New Year's Eve, when the year 2000 is ushered in, or will just department heads be available and the rest of the employees on-call?" asked Frankenfield.

No decision was made, and council members were asked to think about it and decide at the special meeting Tuesday, March 30 at 7 p.m. in the community center. This meeting will deal with Y2K issues, said Smith.

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