We have a full agenda for the Monday, August 12, meeting of the Bennington City Council:
- We will hold a public hearing on the proposed Kempten Creek subdivision, located south of Bennington Road across from Johns-Bohn Park. This would allow for 181 single-family lots and 44 townhome lots on the hill to the south, while the lower ground near the road would become parkland. Streets would connect at Bennington Road and 156th Street. The Planning Commission has recommended approval. The preliminary plan now needs the City Council's approval.
- We will vote on bids for high-priority street improvements this fall, including North 4th Street and Bennington Road west of the bridge.
- We will vote on bids for the parking lot project west of the baseball fields.
- We will take a fresh look at a proposed ordinance regarding the mayor's authority in the removal or sanctioning of police officers. We tabled this issue at the June meeting in order to study the issue further. Bennington's ordinance has to change because it doesn't comply with state law. Council Member Zac Johns and I have worked together on language that we think complies with state law, sets out a clear and fair process for police officers, and involves the City Council in any final decisions.
- Following up on last week's special budget meeting, we will briefly review the status of the city's budget for 2019-2020, which starts October 1.
- Lastly, the mayor and the search committee will provide an update on the police chief hiring process, and the Council will consider next steps.
As always, please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.