City council tackles taxes, library budget and other topics
The School Resources Officer (SRO), the new library, the preliminary budget and tax, levy, backflow preventers and the city administrator search were all among topics discussed at last week’s city council meeting.
During the public forum section resident Chris McKern asked councilman Coy Borgstrom if he planned to answer his questions that were posed at the last city council meeting.
“Last time I was here, I asked some questions. I sent an email follow up last Friday asking if anyone was going to respond and got a couple responses from a few of you and the Mayor, so I appreciate that,” McKern said. “My question I direct to you councilman Borgstrom: Do you plan on answering those?”
At the last city council meeting, McKern asked Borgstrom about the open meeting law and the council about the costs of eliminating the street supervisor position. He also asked questions about what was being done to resolve issues at the fire hall.
Borgstrom told McKern he was working on the response that afternoon but had some other business come up that needed to be taken care of, and added that he would have those answers to McKern later that evening.
Resident Jerry Berg, who originally visited the council at the June 24 meeting, returned to the council to revisit the topic of the SRO. Berg was pleased that the contract for the SRO had been negotiated, but still felt there was room for improvement.
When Berg visited the council in June, he presented data to show that Kasson residents were paying for an SRO at Hayfield and Triton, since the county picks up some of those costs. However, Kasson-Mantorville received no funding from the county.