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Laurium Searches for Manager, New Council Member

Editor’s Note: Laurium will replace Amy Schneiderhan trustee seat at next month’s board meeting. As it is to late to file with the county for the upcoming election, the board will appoint a replacement. Schneiderhan’s position has two years remaining on it’s term.

The village of Laurium is ready to begin its search for a new manager. 

At last night’s council meeting, Village President John Sullivan said the job description has nearly been finalized, and they hope to post the position early next week.

Laurium is also looking for a new council member. Amy Schneiderhan’s resignation was accepted at last night’s session. Because the resignation came too late to put the position on the November ballot, the council decided to appoint a replacement at next month’s meeting. Interested residents can apply at the village hall.

Sullivan reported that 25 to 30 village residents attended Monday night’s meeting about the proposed village master plan. He said there were some good suggestions that the consultants developing the document will try to incorporate. The master plan is the first step toward implementing the village’s first-ever zoning ordinance…

The master plan is in a pretty good state right now, projected to be done by the end of the year, and then once that’s implemented we’ll move into the zoning process, which, again, will take maybe another year.

Council members decided to use most of the $200,000 the village is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act to shore up the town’s sagging general fund budget. Councilor Jeff Erickson said inflation has hit the village hard…

We set this current budget back in February when gas was two-and-a-half bucks a gallon? Now, we’re looking at $6.00 a gallon diesel.

Some of the money will be used to repay a loan to the general from the village water fund. $30,000 will help pay for the recent purchase of a dump truck. The rest will be used to cover expenses for the remainder of the year.

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