They also discussed the housing study and appointed CPD Officer Don Rasicot as the new SRO.
After evaluating his performance earlier this year, members of the Crookston City Council are interested in conducting another evaluation of City Administrator Shannon Stassen.
Asked this week by Ward 6 Council Member Tom Vedbraaten when the evaluation was going to happen, Mayor Wayne Melbye said he’s “still working on it” and added that it’s OK if the evaluation doesn’t take place until early 2018. Melbye added that Stassen is working under the parameters of a two-year contract, so, he said, it’s not like a salary increase needs to be negotiated or is contingent upon the evaluation or its findings.
Vedbraaten, along with Ward 1 Council Member Jake Fee, noted that they’ve been asking about the evaluation for some time.
The council is looking to schedule its annual, day-long strategic planning session sometime early in the new year, but when it was mentioned that the council could spend the early portion of that session conducting Stassen’s evaluation, it was determined that the two discussions should take place separately.
The update of the comprehensive housing study of Crookston conducted in 2014, which cost $14,000, has received a Strengthening Rural Communities grant to cover half the cost. So the council this week approved $4,450 to cover the cost of the update not covered by the grant.
City Finance Director Angel Weasner said the cost was not included as a line item in the City’s 2017 budget, so the money will come from the council’s Community and Economic Development Fund. That will essentially exhaust the fund balance for 2017, she noted.
CHEDA Executive Director Craig Hoiseth said a draft of the housing study update has been completed, and the study author has noted the progress Crookston has made in providing more needed housing, specifically in the areas of market rate apartments and workforce housing, since the 2014 study. Since then, The Meadows apartments have been constructed in the northeast corner of town, and construction has commenced on Agassiz Townhomes on the north end.
Rasicot appointed SRO
Crookston Police Chief Paul Biermaier confirmed that longtime CPD officer Don Rasicot has been appointed as the School Resource Officer in the local public schools, as part of a partnership with the Crookston School District.
As a result a new patrol officer will be hired at the CPD.