Two Harbors has new police officerTwo Harbors has a new addition to the police department, after some council members were previously unsure of whether or not to hire anyone to fill an empty position.
By: Catherine Hannula, Lake County News Chronicle
Two Harbors has a new addition to the police department, after some council members were previously unsure of whether or not to hire anyone to fill an empty position.
The city council voted unanimously to approve twenty-two year old Two Harbors native Sean Jones as the new patrolman for the Two Harbors Police Department. Jones, who graduated from Fond du Lac Community College with a degree in law enforcement, was recommended by Police Chief Kevin Ruberg for the job. “He’ll [Sean] certainly fill our needs and we think he will be an asset to the department,” Ruberg said the day after the meeting. Jones will most likely begin his new job with the department at the beginning of 2012.
Library director Michele Monson appeared before the council to ask for the council’s approval of the two positions that were filled at the library in recent months. Katie Sundstrom, who previously worked for the library as a library aide, is now a library assistant. Monson said that Sundstrom was very qualified. “Katie has several years of working here as an aide and she knows the town folks,” Monson said Tuesday morning. “She has a master’s degree in library science and she likes working with teens.”
Kia Donais was hired as a library aide. Library assistants work more with patrons while library aides help with projects and with shelving books. “She [Kia] is a very sharp, and loves to help out,” Monson said. “She’s been a positive influence on the library.”
The council approved the library’s choices in filling the positions. Monson, who recently moved to the area a few months ago, said that she was glad to come speak to the council.
At the last city council meeting, council members passed the motion to refer possible changes to the charter regarding the library to the charter commission. At this week’s meeting, library board president Tony Lockhart said that the library board and the library are “organized in the charter the way that virtually every other library in this state is organized in terms of its governance with the local government and local city.”
Campground rates going up
New campground rates were approved that raised the rates by about one dollar a night. The council deliberated over whether or not to accept a recommendation that would require customers to make a minimum ten dollar purchase in order to pay by credit card. Councilor Chris Swanson opposed the recommendation. “We’re moving into a cashless society,” Swanson said. “It’s very inconvenient to say ‘cash only’ for anybody that’s under thirty-five.”
Other councilors pointed out that they and other people they knew used cash often. After some deliberation, the council decided to eliminate the requirement.
The council agreed unanimously to approve new pole rates at about $8 per pole annually. According to city administrator Lee Klein, the price was previously set at about $3.50. Mediacom had been charged that rate but not Frontier since it had been there since before that price had been decided upon. The money will go back into the enterprise fund.