Eric Hanson

Says it was a Difficult Decision
7:45 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Eric Hanson to Take New Position

Eric Hanson

Monmouth's city administrator says he has put down deep roots over the last decade. That made the decision to move on a very difficult one.

Eric Hanson's last day on the job will be October 12th. He will become the new city manager of Indianola, Iowa the following week.

Hanson attended Monmouth College and served five years in his current position. His wife was born and raised in Monmouth.

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Needed City Approval to refinance
8:58 am
Mon July 9, 2012

College Will Save on Bonds

Bowers Residence Hall

Monmouth College will save significant interest payments by taking advantage of low interest rates. It will refinance a bond issue. The college used a portion of the city's bonding authority to pay for construction of Bowers Residence Hall

The $6 million building was completed in 2001.

City Administrator Eric Hanson says the city had to approve the change before the bond counsel could move forward.

He says, “It dramatically reduces their interest rate over several years ago. But it doesn't really have any ramifications for the city.”

City will get five percent of revenue
1:12 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Monmouth Lifts Ban on Video Gambling

Monmouth allowed the use of video gaming for “amusement purposes” only. That did not include gambling although the ordinance was difficult to enforce.

The discussion was prompted by changes to state law that will allow video gaming this year. The proceeds will help pay for capital improvements.

City Administrator Eric Hanson says the city council discussed keeping the ban in place.

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Provisions should reduce overtime
3:50 pm
Thu May 24, 2012

Monmouth and Firefighters Ratify Contract

Monmouth's city council and the firefighters union each ratified the three-year contract by a unanimous vote.

Firefighters will receive a 2.5% pay raise each year of the deal.

The city and the union each wanted similar changes in the time-off policies. The city wanted to reduce overtime. The union wanted to reduce the likelihood firefighters would be called in on their days off.

City Administrator Eric Hanson said the major change was to vacation policy.

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Burner Could Power Ganerator
10:33 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Monmouth Prepares for Higher Energy Costs

City Administrator Eric Hanson

Monmouth residents often see a bright flare in the north part of town. It's a burner that keeps excess methane from building up at the city's waste water pre-treatment facility.  Someday, it might produce electricity.

City Administrator Eric Hanson said the 15 year-old burner had to be replaced recently. He said the city has installed one that could be part of an energy-generating system.

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