Scandia finally has a new city administrator.

The Scandia City Council last week signed an employment agreement with Ken Cammilleri, who was chosen after a second round of interviews conducted earlier this month.

Cammilleri served as a city administrator/clerk for Pine City, Minn., from June 2015 until November 2018. He is expected to start on Oct. 1 and will make $90,000 per year. The city had advertised a pay range of $85,000 to $104,000 for the job.

In June, the city council had offered interviews to seven candidates out of an initial 40 applicants. Three were offered the role and each subsequently declined.

The city paid DDA Human Resources to handle the search for a flat fee of $18,000. City Administrator Neil Soltis retired in May.

The on-boarding of a new administrator seems to be coming not a moment too soon, as a number of topics on last Wednesday’s agenda ended with the council deferring to Cammilleri in absentia.

Last month, noting a back log of code enforcement issues, the council named councilmen Chris Ness and Jerry Cusick to a subcommittee to begin addressing some of the issues. 

Other business:

• The council endorsed an application for $4.95 million in state bonding money to aid the extension of the Gateway Trail through William O’Brien State Park into the Scandia Village Center. The council also endorsed a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources grant for Lilleskogen Park improvements worth $38,270 that would require a local match of $3,830. The improvements would include invasive species eradication and wetland restoration work.

• A $17,800 bid from Arcade Asphalt was accepted for road patching work on 460 feet of 191st Street. That work is expected to be completed this fall.

• The council approved a formal letter to encourage the Lower St. Croix River Management Commission to form a stakeholder group to review wake-related issues in the river and develop recommendations to address them.

• The council agreed to hire Brenda Stignani as the city’s part-time office assistant/recreation program coordinator. Stignani will begin work on Sept. 25, making $16.10 per hour. Katherine Koschak, who was offered the job earlier this month, declined the role citing a family obligation.

• The council approved the hiring of a new firefighter. Justin Levy, a new resident of Scandia, has already gone through firefighter training in another community and will be able to start Oct. 1 following standard health screenings and background checks. The council also accepted the resignations of firefighters John Hagen and Jesse Bizzotto.

• The council officially certified a maximum local tax levy request of $2,429,946, a 7.6 percent increase over 2019. The council also set a public Truth In Taxation budget hearing for Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. 

The next Scandia City Council meeting will be held Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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