By Byron Higgin
After negotiating for a couple of hours Monday night, the Minneota City Council and Sarah Friesen have agreed on terms to make her the next city administrator.
There were about eight different areas where the two parties differed when negotiations began.
In the end, the Minneota Council and Friesen settled on a $52,319 base salary with a potential five percent increase one year from now if she gets a favorable review.
The council opened with a salary just over $50,600 and Friesen asked for $55,000.
The settlement depended on settlements in areas of vacation agreements in the areas of professional fees, relocation costs and a termination of employment agreement.
In the end, the council offered her the position and she agreed.
“She will be here by Sept. 20 and if she can make it sooner, she’ll try and start the week of Sept. 13,” said Shannon Sweeney, who helped organize the search for a new city administrator.
Friesen is from Mountain Lake, where her husband is a farmer. She indicated she’ll seek residence in the area.
Friesen was chosen from two finalists after interviews by the full council last week.