Council approves permit for high school addition


An application for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) by the Tri-City United School District to build a two-classroom addition at the high school building was approved by the Montgomery City Council at its Monday, April 1 meeting.
Superintendent Matt Helgerson and Eric Linner of Wold Architects represented the school district for the application, with Linner giving a brief presentation on the project. The school plans to build a two-classroom addition onto the west side of the high school building.
“The two rooms were in the original building plan, but were dropped to stay within budget,” said Linner.
Helgerson said one space will be a science room, the other all-purpose, and he was happy to announce that the district is receiving a $35,000 science grant, which will help with the project.
The Planning & Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the application on March 25, and recommended approval of the CUP with no additional conditions.
The district is expected to go out for bids on the project in the near future.
The council also held a second reading and approved a Special Assessment Policy, and directed the administrator to proceed with advertising for filling the public utility director position.
Assessment Policy
The council adopted the Special Assessment Policy by ordinance. “We believe this policy provides the framework for assessments in the future,” commented Mayor Jean Keogh.
Public Utility Position
The personnel committee met on March 27 and discussed options for filling the vacant public works-utilities director position. The commission recommended splitting the position into two separate positions and advertising for a public utility director at this time. In reference to  public works director position, proposed was to consider promoting internally, or in the interim assigning supervisory responsibilities of the department to the city administrator.
Administrator Steve Helget said there have been very few applicants for the combined position. “If we cannot fill the utility position with a qualified person who oversees a multi-million dollar operation out at the plant, we may have to go to another option, such as a consultant for assistance,” said Helget.
Roger Ruhland is the current assistant water/wastewater operator. The city also receives assistance from the Le Center operator on a part time basis.
Meeting schedule
• The Le Sueur County Officials Association will meet Thursday, April 4, at Le Center.
• A special meeting for the local Board of Appeal & Equalization will be held Monday, April 8, at 7 p.m.
• The next regular city council meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m.