McGann to officially join the Bayport council


BAYPORT — Dr. Patrick McGann, DDS, will be sworn in Monday as Bayport’s new city council member, filling a seat left vacant by the December death of former Councilman Mark Ostertag.

McGann will be sworn in at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Bayport City Hall. McGann was selected March 18 by the council from three applicants to fill Ostertag’s seat.

McGann met March 26 with interim City Administrator Sara Taylor and City Attorney Andy Pratt to learn more about city government and how the council operates. McGann will have the city email address of [email protected] effective Tuesday.

Following McGann’s swearing in, the council has a relatively light agenda. Among items councilmembers are scheduled to discuss are a final master plan for Perro Park and financing options to purchase a new pumper truck for the city fire department.
Taylor said in a memo to the council that once the council adopts a final plan, city staff will prepare a final cost estimate for park improvements.

Park consultant Larry Wacker said of the two Perro Park plans presented to the council in February and posted on the city website for citizen review, residents showed a clear preference for the plan calling for tennis courts with practice wall and basketball goal, hockey rink with a warming house-restroom-picnic canopy facility, ball field, multi-purpose field, paths, benches, playground and park access improvements.

Wacker said in a letter to the council that Perro Park improvements would cost an estimated $786,000. The most expensive improvement is the warming house with an estimated cost of $175,000, he added. funds are expected tobe available in the next five to 10 years.

Taylor said city officials are pursuing several funding options for the proposed park improvements.

Memos state the city has received a preliminary commitment from Andersen Corp. To assist the city with upgrades to the warming house in conjunction with their celebration of 100 years in Bayport.

The council will also discuss how the city will pay for a new $520,000 pumper truck for the Bayport Fire Department. Fire Chief Mark Swenson said in a memo to the council that city officials previously considered buying two vehicles using a general obligation bond because the two vehicles collectively would have cost $1.3 million.

“However, it was later found that the fire hall, as it currently exists, cannot fit these two vehicles, so the proposal was modified to purchase just the pumper truck at this time,” Swenson writes.

The chief also notes that because municipal debt interest rates are at historic lows, financing the pumper truck purchase would allow general funds to be used for other projects and future obligations.

But since debt financing requires payment of certain soft costs and the city has about $12.8 million in reserve funds, including $200,000 in expiring certificates of deposit, the city’s auditor indicated that debt financing “is not necessary for this purchase,” Swenson adds.

The chief recommends the city use general fire equipment capital assets outlay funds to internally finance the pumper truck purchase.