City of Watertown to eliminate two staff positions

The city of Watertown is eliminating two staff positions as a budget cutting measure.

The Watertown City Council recently took action to eliminate the Utility Billing Clerk position, held by Carol Pulley, and the Senior Planner position, held by Crystal Paumen. Both decisions are due to budget constraints.

When it comes to the billing clerk position, City Administrator Luke Fischer said their simply is not enough work to warrant keeping the position, and when comes to the senior planner position, Fischer said there also is not a consistent enough workload to maintain a full-time position To handle the senior planner’s workload, the city will now use a consultant service when needed.

The city council approved a separation agreement with Pulley at the regular Nov. 27 city council meeting, though an agreement with Paumen has not yet been reached. Pulley’s severance package total is estimated at $2,130 in health offerings.

In other business:

• The council approved the 2013 Police Services Contract with Carver County. The city contracts with the Carver County Sheriff’s Office for policing services, making use of a Town Cop system that ensures that the same deputies consistently work in the same communities. Watertown’s Town Cop is Troy Carlson.

The 2013 contract will represent a decrease in cost of service. The current contract is for $183,668, and the proposed contract is for $179,732.

• The council approved a name for what has to this point been called “Street B” in the new Community park site. The north/south connection through the park, which runs past the new Peace Lutheran Church building, will be named Kristi Lane at the request of the Berg family, which donated the land to the city for the park. The Bergs had requested to be able to name that particular street as part of the donation agreement.

With the new church building opening soon, it was necessary to name the street quickly for addressing purposes. Naming Street A — the east/west connection through the park that runs past the Elementary School, will be a public process. City staff is proposing that the city seek ideas for names from the city boards and commissions, with that list being presented to the council for further consideration.