Delano fire relief pension to increase

DELANO, MN – Delano firefighters will receive a larger pension after their service concludes following action by the Delano City Council Tuesday.

“They approved the fire relief pension increase $100 to $3,300 per year per person,” City Administrator Phil Kern said. “We have a written policy that pretty much dictates if their funding threshold is at a certain level it warrants a certain increase.”

Kern said he and the council were encouraged by the ability to increase the pension, which has not always been the case.

“There’s a long story to be told about the fire relief pension and how ugly it was and how under-funded it was 10 years ago,” Kern said.

Odds and ends
In other business, the council:

• discussed the 2019 street improvement project. Kern and City Engineer Shawn Louwagie will begin creating a feasibility study for the next street project and present that information to the council during the Tuesday, July 24, workshop.

• directed city staff to create driveway accesses on Railroad Avenue.

• learned that yellow bollard posts will be used to create bump-outs at crosswalks on River Street near Central Park. Originally, concrete bump-outs were planned, but a review of that proposal showed doing so would have created a drainage problem.

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