The City of Hancock has a budget for next year, but not without a lot of last-minute discussion.
At the public hearing, Evan Lanese was one of two residents who encouraged the council to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement by reducing funding to the police department…
Lanese suggested that the money saved could be invested in mental health, drug treatment or economic development programs. Council member John Haeussler said much of that is outside the city’s authority…
But, the council did spend some time talking about the issue, and other ways money could be reallocated, before passing the budget as written.
In other action, the council is splitting its current combined clerk/treasurer position. Former clerk/treasurer Mary Babcock – who is now the city manager – said that it could be challenging to find one person with the skillsets for both positions. The change can be made without increasing the budget.
The city is proceeding with development of its proposed Business and Technology Park. Council members approved the application for an Economic Development Administration grant that will cover much of the cost. The city will be responsible for a $500,000 match, but some of that could be covered by other grants.
And, the city continues to search for a campground host for the summer. If you’re interested, tell the staff at city hall.