Cologne approves prosecution contract

With a gradually declining case load over the past several years, Cologne will pay slightly less in prosecution costs for 2013.

The Cologne City Council approved a prosecution contract with the Carver County Attorney’s Office, headed by County Attorney Mark Metz, during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 17.

The contract amount is decreasing from $2,088.14 this year to $1,954.93 for 2013 due to a decline in the number of cases handled by the Attorney’s Office that originated in Cologne over the past three years.

In fact, during that period of time Cologne accounted for just 2.51 percent of the cases handled by the county. Chaska made up the vast majority of cases at almost 55 percent. Other local cities included Norwood Young America at 6.37 percent, Hamburg at .81 percent, Waconia at 11.47 percent and Watertown at 5.84 percent.

City Administrator John Douville said the contract is favorable to the city.

“It’s a very reasonable service, so we appreciate that,” he said.

In other business, the council:

• Accepted the resignation of city employee Terry Bullock, who has been with the city for 10 years. Bullock has taken a position with Eden Prairie public schools.

“We’re sad to see him go for sure. He will be tough to replace, but he’s excited and we wish him the best,” said City Administrator John Douville.

Bullock has been the city’s wastewater treatment plant operator, and becoming licensed is an in-depth process that can take years, so the council discussed next steps for the city. One other city employee is familiar with the day-to-day operation of the plant, but the city will advertise for two positions, a public works employee and a wastewater treatment plant operator.

Depending on the qualifications of applicants, the city will likely only hire one of the positions.

• Learned that the new fishing pier has been constructed and placed in Benton Lake, but it is not yet in place at the end of the peninsula below St. Bernard’s church. Final placement will occur when the proper paperwork is received from church officials.

• Approved the paying of $500 in dues to the Southwest Corridor Transportation Coalition. The Coalition had requested $1,000, but Cologne has never paid more than $500.