Rogers City assessor has contract through May ’16

ROGERS CITY – Rogers City council members approved a contract with the city assessor, effective through the end of May 2016.

The city hired Trevor Most to be its assessor in 2012, Mayor Beach Hall said, but city council members had questions about his contract. After some review by City Attorney Mike Vogler, city council members approved a contract, with a few changes made.

Vogler told council members he removed a few sentences to make the contract what City Manager Mark Slown described as more “appropriate” for the situation. One such deletion concerned insurance, and another concerned providing the city a temporary replacement if vacation or sickness should keep him from doing his duty for three weeks.

The contract was approved by all but Mayor Pro Tem Deb Greene, who said she voted “no” because she hadn’t had the chance to actually read the amended contract.

“We made a lot of changes, and I don’t know what they are,” she said.

Council member Gary Nowak said he believes the city should hear occasional updates as to what the assessor has accomplished in evaluating properties in the city.

“The board of review went good this year, but I think we have the board of review and kind of forget about it,” he said. “I think some time we should call (Most) in to see how he’s progressing.”

Vogler responded the contract includes an annual report, as well as monthly progress reports.

In other business:

* city council members approved an agreement with the company, R.W. Mercer, to serve as a Class B storage tank operator for the city marina. The federal government now requires the marina to have such an operator, Hall said. Harbormaster Roger Wenzel is a Class A operator, and he’ll be training the dock workers to act as Class C operators.

* in response to two questions from city council member Dana LaBar, Slown said he’s been in contact with the company working to secure a permit for emergency dredging for the city marina. Rogers City is one of 49 harbors across the state to get dredging funds, and city council members approved spending $1,050 to get the permitting process started at their last meeting. Slown said he expects to get a draft of the permit any day now. LaBar also asked about the remaining engineering costs for the project, to which Slown said the city can now consider committing to now that the appropriations bill for the dredging has been signed into law. City council members approved giving Hall, Greene and Slown the authority to sign the permit if they receive it before the next council meeting.

B city council members unanimously approved appointing Dawn Simpson to the zoning board of appeals.

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