LESTER PRAIRIE, MN After searching for months to find a company to conduct a job classification and compensation study for the city, Lester Prairie City Council approved moving forward with a plan under which the city will do much of the work with the help of a consultant during its Tuesday, Oct. 19 meeting.
City Clerk Marilyn Pawelk noted during a previous council meeting that there are a limited number of companies that provide this service, and she had difficult in obtaining pricing from the companies that do.
Under the proposal approved Tuesday, the city will do some of the work, with the guidance and oversight of a consultant.
This will likely significantly reduce the cost of the study.
The first step will involve updating job descriptions and qualifications for all city positions.
Then, the job descriptions will be evaluated and points will be assigned.
The job descriptions will be compared to local comparable cities in order to determine appropriate salary ranges for the positions.
Council Member Tim Dahl volunteered to work with two city staff members to update the job descriptions.
Odds and ends
In other business, the council:
• approved a request from resident Hillard Klaustermeier to allow a series of music in the park concerts in 2016, similar to those organized in 2015.
• heard a presentation from Lester Prairie School Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt regarding the district’s November referendum.
• adopted a resolution authorizing the police chief and his designee to access court data services.
• approved the installation of exterior LED lights at the fire station at a cost not to exceed $3,500.
• approved the installation of park signs.
• approved re-siding a storage shed in the city park at a cost of $2,140 if the total cost is donated. The Lester Prairie Lions have agreed to donate $1,000 to the project.
• approved removal of four trees at the City Park at a cost of $1,600.
• approved purchase of a city plow truck at a cost of $185,854.
• approved the city’s annual Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.