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Council works to prioritize budget items

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Cloquet Minnesota 122 Avenue C 55720

The 7 p.m. Cloquet City Council meeting lasted exactly 2 minutes, 35 seconds Monday, a possible record that longtime Mayor Bruce Ahlgren said marked the first time in his career that there was no official “council business” on the agenda.

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Residents still got their money’s worth, however, as the mayor and councillors met with city department heads in a 90-minute work session that mostly addressed the city’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year and beyond.

Included in the discussion were a number of possible new city positions under consideration, including two additional police officer positions in 2015 and again in 2016. Other possible new positions include an events coordinator, a part-time summer code enforcement officer to address community appearance, an additional parks maintenance position and an assistant public works/parks director.

Other budget discussions covered capital project needs, general fund expenses including administration, police, streets, parks, community development, library, utilities and debt funds.

Councillors and the mayor must adopt a preliminary budget and levy by the end of September; a the vote will likely occur at the regularly scheduled Sept. 16 Council meeting. There will be more budget discussion at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2 (with a 5:30 p.m. work session and 7 p.m. formal meeting) at City Hall.

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