kewaunee-lighthouseThe Kewaunee City Council may hire a new city administrator as soon as Monday evening, when aldermen are also scheduled to hold a public hearing on the 2017 city budget.

The budget hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 401 Fifth St., Kewaunee. The hearing is later in the year than usual because the council asked voters for approval to exceed state-imposed levy limits in a Nov. 8 referendum. The measure passed 690-641.

Under state law, the property tax levy increase would have been limited to 0.78 percent; with the successful referendum the budget was expected to contain a 16.76 percent increase ($175,000), resulting in a levy of $1,278,480.

City officials said the higher increase was needed to cover debt service and budget shortfalls.

Following the budget hearing the council has a special meeting scheduled for 7 p.m., which will include a closed session to discuss hiring a new city administrator. The group will reconvene in open session either to approve a new administrator or continue the search.

The position has been open since Aug. 19, when Kyle Ellefson stepped down to become village administrator in Johnson Creek, where he had lived prior to taking the Kewaunee job a year earlier.

The Algoma City Council also has a regular meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 416 Fremont St.