The city of Hancock introduced their newest employee last night at city council. Sadiq Abdi will hold the position of CEDAM Fellow, in this position he will help City Manager Mary Babcock with administration tasks around city hall. Hancock also received the 2021 assessors’ report. That report notes that over the last 3 years there has been a 38 percent increase in the sale price for homes in the city limits. The city announced at the council meeting that the Hancock Beach has closed for the year, and will be quickly followed by the city’s campground.
City Manager Mary Babcock said that fencing will go up around the new dog park soon, in order for the park to open during the winter. A grand opening will be set for the spring of 2022. Council members also approved two contracts from Bill Siller. The first contract will pave a section of Ignot Street at a price of 15,500 dollars. The second contract will be for paving the basketball court in Terrace Park for 15,000 dollars. The goal is to have work completed on both projects before snowfall. Otherwise work will need to finish in the spring.
Hancock also approved the Waste Management contract to pick up trash around the city. The contract comes with a 60 ton minimum, and a 3% increase from the previous cost to the city. Over the next three years cost will increase in accordance with the garbage index. The city felt that this contract is more than fair and locks in the city’s rate for trash disposal for the next three years. But the council did note that it is either go with the contract with Waste Management or become responsible for setting of trash disposal around the city through another company or through city effort. The council also approved renewing the contract with Munetrix, an administration software that helps city staff conduct transparency reporting. The program will cost the city $4,000 a year. The program will cost about $1,600 less than previous years.