A part-time economic development coordinator position may be back on the chopping block after the Green Lake City Council reviewed its 2019 budget Monday night.

   According to Mayor Jon McConnell, the person in the position has been fulfilling his list of duties that the council had originally asked of him when it created the position.

   However, now, some council members suggested the position is a waste of money, citing a lack of economic development.

   “I think it’s an expense that I haven’t seen any results from ...,” Ald. Diana Galster-Kinas said. “I think this is something that we need to reconsider. It’s an amount totaling $38,314, and I just think it’s an expense that may be possibly eliminated.”

   Ald. Jon Smick believed the position was redundant, noting Town Square has a program in place that helps promote new businesses and offers mentors, and the city’s chamber helps deal with existing businesses.

   Read the full story, which includes McConnell's reasons for not eliminating the position, in the Nov. 8, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.