Starbuck Approves Interim City Office Staff

By Zach Anderson

The Starbuck City Council approved interim city office staff on Monday evening, selecting Joan Kerkvliet as interim clerk/treasurer, Jan Norby as interim deputy clerk and Bonnie Rasche as assistant (when needed).
The interim staff was needed due to the resignation of city clerk/treasurer Andrea Swenson; the council accepted Swenson’s resignation at the same meeting.
The pay rate for Rasche will stay at $11 per hour. Norby’s rate was set at $15 per hour. Mayor Gary Swenson and council member Lyle Katzenmeyer said they would meet with Kerkvliet to discuss pay rate and also what changes need to be made in the office.

The council approved advertising for a clerk, treasurer or combination clerk/treasurer position in the newspaper and other places such as the League of Minnesota Cities website.
Katzenmeyer said the timeline for hiring a new applicant would probably be sometime in April, with applications being accepted through the end of March and interviews being conducted in April.

In other action the council:
• Approved adding Kerkvliet to bank accounts with Katzenmeyer and Mayor Swenson.
• Approved reimbursing Kim Swensrud for opening up a frozen sewer line at her property. Kerkvliet said in conversation with Public Works Supervisor Mike Erickson that it sounds like it was between the water main and curb stop, making it the city’s responsibility.
• Approved allowing a tent to be put up in Starbuck city park for a wedding as long as the wedding planners work with Erickson on where to place the tent so no water lines are hit.

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