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Detroit Lakes City administrator position profile set

Wanted: Someone to be responsible for 75 full-time employees, a total budget of $26.3 million, with five years of city management experience and experience in economic development.

Tuesday evening, the Detroit Lakes City Council approved the next step in hiring a replacement for City Administrator Rich Grabow, who is retiring the end of September. The city hired consultants Brimeyer Group, Inc. to find candidates for the city to interview.

Application deadline for the position is July 17. From possible candidates, finalists will be selected by Aug. 14, and interviews will be Aug. 24-25. The chosen person will begin duties in October.

Included in the position profile are items about the community, recreation, education and health care. The profile also discusses what the duties will entail and the experience needed for the position.

The position requires a four-year degree, five years of experience; an understanding of development, infrastructure, utility operations and strategic planning; commitment to natural resource preservation, and experience working with elected officials.

Salary range for the position is listed at mid-$80,000 to mid-$90,000.

With the new administrator coming to Detroit Lakes this fall, he or she will be coming in the midst of some of the city's largest projects. He or she will need to work with those involved in the Highway 10 realignment, and ultimately the gateway redevelopment, projects, annexation of the Long Lake area, and an airport runway extension.

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Also at the meeting Tuesday, the city council:

• Approved the first reading of an ordinance rezoning the Tower Road Industrial Park from heavy industrial to light industrial.

• Approved a policy to dispose of city-owned property. After the planning commission recommends the zoning of the land to mesh with the comprehensive plan, the city council will decide whether or not to sell the land. The sale will be listed in the official newspaper, and the buyer must provide a plan for the land, among numerous other items. The Detroit Lakes Development Authority will be responsible for sale of land in the industrial park.

• Approved a resolution in support of state bonding for a multi-use trail from Detroit Lakes to Park Rapids, which will ultimately be from Park Rapids to Moorhead. Bonding is for $20-plus million, with no local match needed. Matching funds will come from the Department of Natural Resources. The trail will be used for walking, biking and snowmobiles.

• Set a meeting for June 20 at 7:45 a.m. in city hall to discuss what will replace the Highway 10 overlook wall that was torn down.

• Adopted an ordinance allowing residential docks to be 32 feet long rather than the previous 24 feet.

• The Pavilion Restoration Committee is presenting live music by Post Traumatic Funk Syndrome on June 22 from 8 p.m. to midnight in the Pavilion. Tickets are $10 per person and are available through the Historic Holmes Theatre box office at 844-SHOW.

• Mayor Larry Buboltz appointed a billboard committee -- which will take a look at billboard regulations for the future. Members are Chairman Cyndi Anderson, Steve Lund, Tom Hanson, Harold Newman, Sharon Josephson and Glenn Gifford.