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Waara Contract Extended – Houghton City Council Report

Eric Waara will continue as Houghton’s city manager.

At last night’s meeting, city council members extended his contract for two years. It had been set to expire in June. Waara will receive the same three percent raise other city employees are getting. He’ll also get some hazard pay that he had not received when payments were made earlier to other city employees.

Craig Waddell joined the council for his first meeting, following his victory in the special election last week. Waddell asked that his compensation for serving on the council be donated to the police department’s budget for crisis intervention training.

Houghton has a new police officer. Jeremy Torola joins the force, fresh from the academy. Brad Baltensperger was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the planning commission. 

Council members approved $1500 dollars over the next two years to support the city’s community garden program. A plant sale is scheduled for May 28th at Trinity Episcopal Church to support the garden program, as well. 

The city has set two important public hearings. The sessions for the budget and the capital improvement plan will both take place June 15th. They will be followed by a full council meeting that night.

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